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Desmond: Since wolves first started returning to Washington and Oregon in the late 1990s, the population has been increasing steadily – especially over the past few years.

Now wildlife officials are taking a look at the species’ protected status. In late April, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission initiated the process of removing wolves from the state’s endangered species list.

All this brings up questions of whether the wolf has actually recovered enough to dial back protections.

With me now with some answers is EarthFix Correspondent Jes Burns.

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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission Friday began the process of removing gray wolves from the state’s endangered species list.
 

The Commission asked Fish and Wildlife staff to develop two proposals - one that would delist the wolf statewide and another that would allow for a partial delisting that would maintain protections for wolves in the western part of the state.

Wildlife biologists say there are now 77 wolves in Oregon and certain key conservation goals have been met.

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Oregon’s wolf population saw a slight increase, but overall, their growth has slowed. That’s according to a recent report from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Although there are now 77 wolves in 9 packs, the majority of the population is located in the Northeastern corner of the state. Fewer than 10 wolves are located west of I-84. Oregon Wild’s Executive Director Sean Stevens says they were surprised at the wolf numbers. And he doesn’t think there will be a healthy population until wolves cross the interstate.

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More funds will soon be available to Oregon farmers and landowners who choose to use non-lethal deterrent techniques for wolves.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture just received a $53,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be used for non-lethal preventative measures. Those may include barriers, alarms, or animals to guard the livestock. ODA Program Director Jason Barber says the most efficient method to prevent wolf attacks are range riders.

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It’s been ninety years since the last native California wolf was trapped and killed. Last week, Oregon wildlife officials announced that OR-7, the wolf they’ve tracked wandering in and out of northern California, had found a mate and fathered a new litter in southern Oregon. That news contributes to the growing sense that it’s only a matter of time till wolves re-inhabit the Golden State. Against this backdrop, California wildlife officials extended endangered species status to the gray wolf.

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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

It may not come as a surprise to hear that wolves make cows nervous. Unlike bovine that haven’t ever had a run-in with a wolf pack, ones that have can experience stress-related illnesses. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports researchers with Oregon State University have found a way to measure the stress of a wolf attack on beef cows.

Cozmic Pizza to Air Documentary "Wild Things"

Nov 4, 2013

The documentary “Wild Things” will be shown free at Cozmic in Eugene tonight. 

The film is about progressive ranchers coexisting with wolves and other predators. It also focuses on

Wildlife Services, a branch of the Department of Agriculture. The agency has come under fire in recent years for the traps it uses to destroy and disperse animals considered to be a threat to agriculture, the public and the environment. John Mellgren, a staff attorney for the Western Environmental Law Center, says the traps don’t always get the targeted animals.