Oregon wolves 1 livestock attack away from kill order

2013-12-02T15:44:00Z 2014-10-03T14:29:23Z Oregon wolves 1 livestock attack away from kill orderThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 02, 2013 3:44 pm  • 

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The latest livestock attack by Oregon's Snake River pack could put it one bite away from being the first considered for a state kill order under new rules.

The settlement of a lawsuit from conservation groups forced Oregon to create specific rules for using lethal control on wolves in cattle country.

Ranchers must make an effort to keep wolves away with non-lethal means, such as having cowboys in the area.

Then a pack has to make four confirmed and qualifying attacks in six months.

A wounded cow found Nov. 21 has been confirmed as the third for the Snake River pack.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is evaluating whether non-lethal steps were taken that would qualify the attack in the countdown.

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  1. Yz250
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    Yz250 - December 03, 2013 9:56 am
    Have you ever looked at how much a rancher gets paid for a cow that is killed vs. how much that cow would make for the rancher. Not even close. And most of the time on big ranches it is days before the cow is found and by then the coyotes and birds have gotten to it, then they say they can't prove it was a wolf kill and the rancher doesn't get anything for his cow. Now what's the problem
  2. Yz250
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    Yz250 - December 03, 2013 9:50 am
    In some states, yes
  3. leftwingistherightwing
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    leftwingistherightwing - December 03, 2013 6:56 am
    We need to eliminate these terroristic creatures that continue to fill our lands and destroy our areas. I am talking of course about ranchers. They know the risk of their lifestyle. Besides, the government has had a reimbursement fund set up for years to pay for killed livestock. Maybe these "businessmen" should have insurance on their stock. They are like a bunch of children having nightmares about the big bad wolf blowing their house down. Humans are the problem, not wolves.
  4. Miss Perfect
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    Miss Perfect - December 03, 2013 3:16 am
    Got to love the wolf.........just look at the head of this animal. Oversized jaw full of sharp teeth, large paws and long legs..........a killing machine. Problem is.......they do not belong here.....that is why they were exterminated.

    We don't want grizzlies on every mountain range either..........this is all about the "Feds" and the morons from the east that fill these "Unelected" agencies.

    Makes a person start to wonder where these people got authority to do anything?
  5. RPT
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    RPT - December 02, 2013 6:49 pm
    Did anyone really have any doubts about how that silly agreement was going to turn out?
    The thing was a joke from day one.... And Oregon only has 57 confirmed wolves.
    Wait till they have about a thousand like we do here in Montana or Idaho.
  6. Objective observer
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    Objective observer - December 02, 2013 5:19 pm
    You can shoot a human for stealing livestock???
  7. Don't Care
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    Don't Care - December 02, 2013 4:39 pm
    What a crock! You can shoot a human for stealing livestock but i can;t shoot a wolf till it kills 4 or more. That is BS.
    SSS Oregon
  8. Bob cat
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    Bob cat - December 02, 2013 4:26 pm
    How many times have we been told " If only ranchers used non lethal means, ranchers can keep wolves from killing cattle."
    I don't know which non lethal means work but lethal means work the best. Good luck to those Oregon and Washington livestock owners.
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