5,069: The total number of wolves killed by USDA APHIS Wildlife Services from 2004 through 2017 because of livestock predation. This total does not include unreported kills or authorized losses not involving the agency. Be it private or public lands, wolves will be killed, in perpetuum, for the love of a burger, and most certainly when non-lethal deterrents are considered to be in order. A damned disgrace; in states with infinitesimal populations of wolves, such as Oregon, unacceptable.

Oregon is home to 3,930,065 humans, a cattle population of 1,280,000 and a mere 124 wolves. Just 124 wolves — and still there is no peace for the predators.

Oregon wildlife officials have killed, or authorized the killing of 17 wolves since 2009, including 13 (soon to be 14) in the past two years. 12 more have been poached, including 8 since 2015. Of those 17, this year, 3 wolves from the Pine Creek Pack have been killed (an uncollared yearling female wolf was shot from the ground on April 10th, and 2 other family members, another yearling female and an adult male, were gunned down via helicopter on the 18th). All killed, or “removed” as they like to say, for predating on livestock.

Is co-existence possible? With cattle replacing prey species in record numbers, not just on private lands, but also on public lands and even in our forests, this idea becomes an illusion. One needs a place to “exist” in order to “co-exist.” For the very reason wolves were all but completely extirpated from the contiguous United States nearly 100 years ago, they must suffer again.

Did we rescue wolves from the brink of extinction just to kill them all over again? It certainly seems that way. Of course wolves are essential to the ecosystems, but these ecosystems, neccessary for all wildlife to thrive, are littered with livestock and other invasive species. With riparian areas trampled and degraded, the carrying capacity for native species is greatly reduced. One cannot replace natural prey with livestock and expect carnivores to survive without predating on that which is set before them.

Many conservation groups promote “predator friendly” implying it’s a viable model for “co-existence’ between livestock and wildlife. However, there is no way to raise livestock without significant impact to predators and their prey base. Thus predator friendly provides an illusion of guilt-free meat consumption, when the reality is that consuming beef, and to a degree lamb, is the worst dietary choice you can make for a host of reasons that goes well beyond predator survival.

And so it goes, the exploding human population, with an insatiable desire to consume the flesh of another sentient being reaps misery for all, including our planet. And wolves, wild horses, grizzlies, coyotes and many, many more lose their right to live in peace on earth. Indeed, they lose their life.

Wolves killed by Wildlife Services from 2004 to 2017 to protect livestock.

As I mentioned earlier, in the not too distant future, another wolf will lose his or her life, the kill order is in place as 3 calves were injured on privately owned pasture and adjacent public land allotment. The permit to kill one wolf (under the Wolf-Plan rules, livestock producers must be using non-lethal methods before lethal control can be considered) expires July 10th when the producer removes his cattle from this pasture. ODFW asserted that non-lethal deterrents were in order: the producer has been checking his livestock repeatedly since they were placed in pasture in June; maintained human presence around the cows/calves including checking them during the night; penned the cows with calves in a smaller area after the first 2 depredations; removed injured livestock from the pasture to avoid attracting wolves; monitored the area for wolf signs and changes in cattle behavior; and arranged for an agent to spend several nights with the cattle after the first depredations. Because all the necessary steps were taken in order to allow lethal removal of wolves, it is highly unlikely this decision could be reversed.

If you would like to express your disapproval of the killing of Oregon’s wolves to protect livestock, ODFW can be reached by phone at 503-947-6000 or can be contacted via email here.

Should you like to speak with Governor Kate Brown she can be reached at (503) 378-4582

If you really would like to help save wolves, consider forgoing that steak or burger permanently, and encourage your family and friends to do the same. Take extinction off your plate.
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    1. Sorry!! I saw your link but did not check it. I immediately thought of it, known about it for a long time. Please delete my post since duplicate.

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  1. With overwhelming numbers of livestock out waying wolves natural predators that are not only natural and vital threads in the chain that have been denied their native heritage their prey but are slated to be replaced by invasive livestock , with no compromise to the fact that these natural animals have been denied anywhere to live and even denied their natural source of food. And ranchers want them replaced with livestock and wiped out which is against the natural dictates of nature , rather than compromise and coexistence. Non lethal that works to the good of all both predator prey and livestock. Further ranchers refuse to cooperate , as they want every scrap of land private and public and exploit tax payers money to pay for wolves and other native predators to be eradicated which is costly and very damaging to the necessary chain of life and the envirement. We are all connected in this natural chain that f life and unless we compromise it is not only wolves , grizzlies and all other wild life that will be extincted it will be humans as well. Nature dictates the rules that man cannot change less he self destructs as he himself is a thread in this chain and circle of life. . There are dwindling numbers of wolves and other predators that all served a vital role in the chain of life in a life support system that must be protected and kept in tact .if lufe is to continue, if they perish so do we. It us quite possible to ensure that these wild life animals continue and trabslocate them to suitable range and habitat with prey and extrememely urgent and important that this is done. Nature itself and diversity are vital to the survival of not just wild life, but farmers and people who live in the wilds and depend spin them fo survival as well and for the restoration of land and waterways that have been polluted and eroded by the imbalance caused by excessive greed and exploitation and over grazing cattle. There must be compromise and balance or nothing not even the domestic livestock will survive.what is to come through this irresponsible and negative actions of eradicating predators whom are part of the natural system and should be allowed to live according to the natural dictates of nature .

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