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51,200 Dead Oregon Cows Not Killed By Wolves! Where's The Media?

September 28, 2011 | Wolves / Hunting & Wildlife Management / Free-Living Animals

Howling For Justice

by Nabeki

Slated to die. Alpha Male Imnaha Pack 2009

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Photo: Courtesy ODFW

Ok, 51,200 cows died in Oregon in 2010 from non-predation causes. (NASS 2010) This should be front page news, right? When wolves are involved in miniscule livestock losses they make the front pages of local media. So what about those 51,200 cows that weren't killed by wolves?

ODFW is planning on killing the alpha male (pictured left) and another wolf from the Imnaha Pack, for tiny livestock losses. Yet huge numbers of cows drop dead in Oregon every year and all we hear is "crickets".

So here we are, two wolves facing a death sentence. Apparently they are being tracked right now.

"A department hunter is looking first for a member of the pack not collared with a radio transmitter, Morgan said. Then he will go after the alpha male, which goes by the number OR4 and sired the first pups in Oregon since wolves began moving back into the state from Idaho in the 1990s."

The alpha female and her pup of the year will be left to face the winter alone, with no help to bring down prey.

Here is B-300 (see video) better known as "Sophie", crossing into Oregon in 2008. She would later become the alpha female of the Imnaha Pack. Look at her scampering along, beautiful and healthy. Little did she know what she was getting into.

In protest of ODFW's egregious intention to slaughter two perfectly healthy Imnaha wolves, leaving just the alpha female and her pup of the year, two Portland Animal Defense League protesters, Stephanie Taylor and Justin Kay, chained themselves to the ODFW headquarter doors with bike locks.

Two arrested during protest against wolf killings

September 27, 2011

By Brian MacMillan
SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

For nearly an hour and a half Tuesday morning, protestors took over the front entrance of the Department of Fish and Wildlife in Salem.

"We've tried everything from phone calls to the governor, phone calls here, letter writing, protests. Finally today, it ended with an act of civil disobedience," said Tim Hitchins, with the Portland Animal Defense League.

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The sad news is this is probably the end of the Imnaha Pack.

"ODFW has been under really intense pressure from the cattlemen," Pedery said from Portland, Ore. "This is really a kill order on the pack. It is very unlikely the mother and her pup will survive the winter unless they feed on gut piles (left by deer and elk hunters), which puts them at risk of poachers, or feed on livestock. They really have little hope of bringing down a deer or elk by themselves."

Oregon had 1,300,000 cattle at the beginning of 2011. Wolves apparently were responsible for 14 cow losses in 1.5 years. But thousands and thousands of cows were keeling over in Oregon from all manner of things, not wolf related.

Digestive problems -- Respiratory problems -- Metabolic problems -- Mastitis -- Lameness/injury -- Other diseases -- Weather related -- Calving problems -- Poisoning -- Theft (NASS 2010)

Why aren't ranchers squawking about this? Those losses COULD affect their "bottom line", not 14 supposed wolf depredations.

Isn't it time to call this situation what it is. If if looks like a duck, quacks like a duck then it's a duck. Plain and simple intolerance of wolves is ruling the day in eastern Oregon. Apparently ranchers don't want them there and that's what's driving this train. The wishes of Oregon's wildlife advocates and others, who would enjoy seeing wild wolves, apparently don't count. The scapegoating and hysteria that plague the other wolf states has apparently taken hold in Oregon. Shame. This has completely altered my view of the state.

51,200 dead cows not killed by wolves. Where's the media??
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Wolf kill order could spell end of Oregon pack
Please continue to call Oregon's Governor Kitzhaber (503-378-4582) to protest the kill order on the two Imnaha wolves. Ask why wolves are being treated like criminals, collared, tracked continually, when obviously these losses are ridiculously miniscule.

Comments

I think Ms. DiNucci may have a valid point in her post of October 1st. If these politicians are not going to listen to the greater majority, let's do to their state(s) what we have done in the past to Alaska, B-O-Y-C-O-T-T. Anything and everything from Idaho (potatoes, anyone?), Wyoming, Montana and Oregon......and this should include their beef. The fastest way to get someone's attention is through their pocketbooks. It worked with the Tuna/Dolphin safe labeling, and it should work this time as well. These clowns cannot be allowed to continue killing wolves.....period.

Norwegian philosopher Arne Naess once said, "There is a basic intuition in deep ecology that we have no right to destroy other living beings without sufficient reason." Wolves have an intricate family dynamic and social structure which must be preserved. Killing them destroys these vitally important systems, putting them at great risk. Who do they think they are? They act as if they're the only species on the planet. I do know that humans are the most dangerous and destructive animals here. Those feeding the illogical hatred of wolves must be stopped.

If Katzhaber wants to kill the last few wolves, if he hasn't already, apparently he wants his state to be boycotted. Already some large companies are in financial trouble. Harry and David are in financial trouble. I will not order from them any more, neither will my friends or my friends' families. We used to order the huge gift baskets for all occasions. Probably came up to an easy couple thousand dollars. Beaverton is a merchandise town in Oregon. Do not buy anything from them. In fact, before you buy anything, make sure it does not come from Oregon. We will bleed them dry as they did the wolves. Let's see how some people are able to feed their families. Let them know what the wolves went through.

This whole situaton is getting completely out of hand. Those of us who truly care about the creatures we share this planet with are being conned by the very people we have placed our trust in to do the right thing. And I don't know about the rest of you out there, but I've had enough of the rancher mind set, the hunter mind set and the National Rifle Association. We need to make a positive impact, and now! We have lost part of our collective soul, and it is time to take it back. The wolves belong to all of us, not to to idiots like Palin, and we must insure that they are not at the whim and fancy of politicallt motivated special interest groups. And if the pinhead politicians that run the Western States as if this was 1860 don't understand, "then it's time to run 'em out of Dodge on a rail". We need a Lennon-esque mentality, not "Kill 'em and grill 'em Nugent.

There's no justification for hunting and killing these wolves! Those cattlemen have no right to complain. the wolves have far more right to be here then they and their cows. There are far too many cows out there and far too few wolves and other valuable wildlife.

THIS ASTROCITY, SO-CALLED GOVERNOR, KITZHABER, MUST STOP NOW. GROW UP YOU BIG MAN, GROW SOME HAIR ON YOUR CHEST AND STAND UP FOR WHAT'S RIGHT.!!!!!

What a shame, planning to destroy such a small pack of Oregon wolves!I am deeply deeply disappointed in Obama and his administration, allowing this insane cruelty!! What can we do to prevent this brutality and insanity ? How can we still save the wolves? If you know how, please help us help the wolves!!!!

This is such a crime!! I cannot believe how callous people are concerning wolves and uneducated!! I pray this does not happen! It makes my heart so sad!

Why are we so disconnected with nature. I find it disgusting that these lovely creatures are being so persecuted. Blame the wolves for everything! Even if they did not do the killing they get nailed for it anyways! disgusting

Putting the Alpha to death will change the pack forever. The pack will suffer disorientation and may be unable to feed themselves. We humans are incrediable. First we put wolves on the endangered list protect them then as soon as we take them off we start shooting the very cannines we protected, we are so bi-polar, or moranic. We claim to be adults....huh...really?

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