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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Oregon is now wrestling with how to manage(read kill) their resurgent wolf population...... The Cattleman Association is "willing to live with wolves" as long as they can "protect themselves" from the critters...................Better that bills be readied that require ranchers to learn the best husbandry practices possible to discourage wolf depredations.............The bill below that I have real trouble with is #3561 that states that after just 4 breeding pairs of Wolves are established ,,,,,,,,,,,,Lobos can be delisted from State protections............4 Pairs..............Geez Louise, are you guys kidding?..........Shall we only allow 4 families of humans in all of Oregon and delist all other people and allow for their removal?????????????

Right to kill wolves before House panel

The right to kill wolves
Natural Resource News Note:
The wolf issue is expected to take center stage in an Oregon Legislative House Committee that plans to have a hearing on four wolf related bills.    Oregon Cattlemen's Association President Bill Hoyt,  said to the Associated Press, "It appears that the political and cultural will of the state of Oregon is to have wolves, and we have no problem with that.  We don't want to kill every wolf that walks. We simply want to get along as well as we can. But if there is a conflict, we need to be able to defend ourselves.
Here are the four bills.
House Bill 3013:
 Directs State Fish and Wildlife Commission to establish wolf depredation compensation and cost-sharing program for purposes of compensating persons who suffer loss or injury due to wolf depredation and providing financial assistance to persons who implement livestock management techniques or nonlethal wolf control techniques designed to discourage wolf depredation of livestock. Creates Wolf Management Compensation and Proactive Trust Fund and continuously appropriates fund moneys for purpose of providing compensation and financial assistance under program. Appropriates moneys from General Fund for purposes of program. Declares emergency, effective on passage.  Read HB 3013.
House bill 3561 Directs State Fish and Wildlife Commission to update Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan to establish population objective of four breeding pairs of gray wolves for state. Specifies that when population objective is met, commission may not list gray wolf as threatened species or endangered species. House bill 3561
House Bill 3562
Provides that person may take gray wolf in certain situations.
Read House Bill 3562
House Bill 3563
Allows person to take gray wolf in certain situations without cause and without permit from State Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Read House Bill 3563

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