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Oregon Court of Appeals upholds wolf delisting

Umpqua National Forest wolf pups
Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Adult, four wolf pups captured on trail camera in western Oregon's Umpqua National Forest

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Court of Appeals has dismissed a lawsuit filed by environmental groups challenging the state's decision to lift endangered species protections for gray wolves.

The Capital Press reported Thursday that the appeals panel has tossed the complaint.

State wildlife officials removed wolves from Oregon’s endangered species list in 2015 and lawmakers passed a bill backing that move in 2016.

Cascadia Wildlands, Oregon Wild and the Center for Biological Diversity sued, arguing the delisting was premature and not based on sound science.

The appeals court says the legislative bill makes the environmentalists’ lawsuit irrelevant.

Wolves are still federally protected as an endangered species in western Oregon.

Ranchers have long argued they need to be able to kill wolves that make a habit of preying on livestock.

News release from the Oregon Farm Bureau:

Oregon Farm Bureau statement on gray wolf decision

November 27, 2019, Salem, Oregon: After sitting pending for years, the Oregon Court of Appeals finally ruled on a challenge by Cascadia Wildlands to the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife's decision to delist the gray wolf under the Oregon endangered species list. Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) and Oregon Cattlemen's Association (OCA) intervened in the lawsuit to support the delisting decision and ensure the Court understood the impacts on ranching families.

The Court held today that a bill championed by OCA and OFB, which delisted the gray wolf, rendered the case moot and the challenge was dismissed.  

This is a huge win for ranch families and the livestock industry, which have long advocated for responsible wolf management in Oregon.

It’s important to note that wolves are still listed in parts of eastern Oregon and western Oregon under the federal Endangered Species Act, though OFB has strongly supported the recent proposal to delist them.

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          1. sorry to not having gotten back to you sooner – things needing tending – went back through all your posts, just to make sure i hadn’t missed anything – there is nothing about the content of this news story in any of them – looks like you were just waiting for me, which could be flattering, if it wasn’t so creepy – the content of your posts are that you don’t like me, and maybe you don’t like what i think? – fist response is, ok, second response is so? This is what you choose to devote your time and energy to? why? Throwing shade can be a sport, and possibly entertaining to someone with little else to do, i guess – but truth is, there are many, many people who are a lot better at it than you – your stuff is just angry and vacuous, it would be really sad to discover that dogging me, with noting real to say about the news article – is what you are all about

  1. I find it interesting that the eco factions, who had a seat at the table and who “help” write the parameters under which these wolves would have stable enough population to be delisted, now say there are not enough of them. Will there ever be enough if the eco factions can still make money on them, no. People need to understand the eco groups will never have enough of anything, no matter what they say. After all, if there is ever enough, they will lose money and all “assumed” power over the public.

    1. I was just thinking the same,years of studies and government grants have been handed to eco groups for such things to come to an agreement with federal wildlife management,,yet years later the “numbers” are far more than agreed on and now must be higher?–I have seen this happen with designated wilderness’s,give “them” an inch,and next year “they” want a mile.
      It wasnt very long ago I recall hearing “wolves wont much leave the Yellowstone area”,5 years later they are swimming the Snake river into Oregon..Oregon has enough wolves thank you.

    2. the heck with the people involved – people are silly – interesting to look at the loss of a species and what that might mean for everything else – just a thought

      1. If it was a native species of animal we were talking about, there may be an argument for more. Seeing as these are not native critters, why are they being treated any different than any other invasive species escaped into an ecosystem?

        1. heard that line of “reasoning” before – it has been debunked – when the apex predators are removed, what happens to the rest of the system? – worth looking into, if understand truly is your goal

          – as far as “invasive” species go, why have you ignored cattle, and humans, just as examples for someone like you who is truly concerned about invasive species?

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