ODFW staff kill four wolves in Wallowa County

From left, the alpha female (white-gray in color), a sub-adult wolf, alpha male (black) and a 2011 pup (black) from the  Imnaha pack. Image captured on trail camera in Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, in Wallowa County on July 9, 2011. Photo courtesy of ODFW. More information. Download high resolution image.

Image captured on trail camera in Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, in Wallowa County on July 9, 2011. Photo courtesy of ODFW.

Wallowa County, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says they’ve confirmed five attacks on livestock by wolves in Wallowa County in the past three weeks.

Despite trying to deter wolves in the Imnaha pack with non-lethal measures, ODFW says they lethally removed four wolves to reduce the likelihood of further losses. The wolves were shot and killed on private land on Thursday.

The lethal order request was implemented in accordance with the Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan. This is the third time ODFW has used lethal control on wolves since they returned to Oregon in the early 2000s.

As a whole, Oregon’s wolf population is growing, with 110 known wolves at the end of last year.

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