Oregon wolf control halted
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
October 7, 2011
The Center for Biological Diversity and its allies were successful at obtaining an emergency injunction from an Oregon court that has provided a temporary reprieve to the two livestock-killing wolves that were set to be killed.
Here’s what the CBD announced:
"With Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials already in the mountains hunting the alpha male and another wolf in the tiny Imnaha pack, Center lawyers rushed to the courthouse, securing an 11th-hour court order to stop the killing. Without that order, the first successfully breeding wolf pack since the species was exterminated from Oregon decades ago would have been reduced to just the alpha female and her pup. Without her partner and a functioning pack, she and her pup may not make it through the winter. The state has already put the pack on the knife-edge of existence, killing two other members last May.
"Stripped of federal protection by Congress earlier this year, gray wolves in Oregon and Washington are already at extreme risk of extinction. The reprieve in Oregon is just temporary, though, giving the court a chance to hear the Center's full legal case and make a permanent decision in coming weeks. It is critical that we convince the court that killing any more wolves in the Imnaha pack is not only unconscionable -- it's illegal."
Although state wildlife officials had shot at one of the two wolves earlier in the day the stay was issued, but missed.
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