November 9, 2015
SALEM, Ore. –
The state of Oregon has just stripped wolves of all protections under the state’s endangered species law. Below is the statement that we sent out immediately following the decision in an effort to bring national attention to this important issue.
This premature decision could lead to needless wolf deaths and could slow or halt Oregon’s fragile wolf recovery.
Defenders of Wildlife says the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission’s decision today to remove state endangered species protections for wolves is premature and would likely lead to slowed or stopped wolf recovery in the state. No other species has been removed from the state’s endangered species list with a population of fewer than 100 individuals statewide or when they were still absent from a significant portion of their historic range.
Shawn Cantrell, Defenders of Wildlife’s northwest director, testified at today’s meeting and issued the…
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