PORTLAND, Ore.— A new poll conducted by Mason Dixon Polling and Research finds that the vast majority of Oregon voters — from both rural and urban areas — oppose using hunting as a management tool for wolves in the state and believe wildlife officials wrongly removed state protections from wolves. The poll also revealed that most Oregonians believe nonlethal methods should be the primary focus in reducing conflicts between wolves and livestock.
Details of the poll results include the following:
- 72 percent oppose changing Oregon law to allow trophy hunting of wolves.
- 67 percent oppose hunting wolves as a tool to maintain deer and elk populations.
- 63 percent oppose Oregon’s removal last year of endangered species protections for wolves.
- 67 percent said they don’t believe wolves pose an economic threat to the cattle industry that necessitates killing wolves.
- 72 percent said nonlethal conflict prevention measures must be attempted…
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