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Last spring, Mt. Hood’s first wolf in over fifty years was confirmed. After many years of protecting its habitat, our chance to see these important predator species return to the ecosystem became a reality. But now the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has proposed to remove the Gray Wolf from Oregon’s endangered species list, threatening the success of this remarkable recovery story. You can submit your official comment right now.
Unfounded fear of wolves has left them all but eradicated in the lower 48 states through government sponsored hunting and poisoning. Despite the remarkable recovery of this species in recent years, the old fears remain well-entrenched today, and efforts to thwart the recovery of wolves are coming to a head.
Wolves are poised to regain their habitat in the Cascade Range – but not without the protections they need. Write to ODFW today and attend the public hearing in Salem on November 9th.
The ODFW commission is considering a recommendation to prematurely delist the gray wolf and eliminate its Oregon Endangered Species Act (OESA) protections, despite the fact that the most recent biological status review has not undergone a lawfully required peer-review. Bark and other environmental organizations have been adamant that the proposal to delist does not use the best available science.
Tell ODFW: The recovery of endangered Gray Wolves depends on protective management.
This summer, I’ve been working with a team of interns to get Bark up to speed on our new role as wolf advocates. They recently posted some findings from their research.
“Considering the projected human population changes and increases in Oregon in the coming years, we need to act now to make sure the wolf comes back – not just in remote locations in the eastern part of the state, but in the most closely linked, visited national forests, like Mt. Hood. We need to establish the wolf here and now, so that as new people arrive and embed themselves in our community, they recognize wolves as a significant, remarkable, special, and integral piece of the landscape. We have to do this now, because we will not get another chance.”
Bark has over 38,000 supporters who value sensible, conservation-oriented, science-based stewardship of public lands and the wildlife that inhabit them. Take action now and help Barkers see the day that we won’t be hunting wolves at all.
Until next time!
P.S. It’s worth noting that Bark’s logo with a prominent wolf has been a bit of a joke all these years, assuming we’d never see the day when a wolf walked through Mt. Hood’s forests. But that wolf has been a symbol, reminding us that we’re protecting the forests to be sure wolves DO walk through those forests one day! If you want to help us realize this future, make a contribution today!