Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Oregon delists wolves from state ESA

Following an all-day meeting with 106 testimonies on Monday, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to delist wolves from the state’s Endangered Species Act (ESA), though wolf taking will remain highly regulated.

The decision does not impact the state’s wolf management beyond delisting, and wolves west of Highways 395, 78 and 95 are still listed, and therefore protected, under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The commissioners did not vote unanimously, with those opposed supporting delisting of wolves in the eastern portion of the state. Many of those who voted for delisting likely agreed with the sentiment, but Oregon law only allows for comprehensive delisting.

The commission has requested that the state legislature changes this law, as well as for an increased penalty for illegal wolf killing, which is currently a penalty of $6,250 and one year in jail.

“The Wolf Plan has been working well and you are all responsible for that,” Commission Chair Michael Finley said. “We will remember the merits of the Wolf Plan and the next one will be as good or better. You can all help that happen.”

The rule will be filed with the Secretary of State today.

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