Wolf Recovery and Management in Oregon
Date: October 24-28, 2011
Location: La Grande and Enterprise, Oregon
After an absence of nearly sixty years, three grey wolves were found in northeastern Oregon in 1999. These wolves were traced to an experimental population in Idaho that had been re-established as part of a federal wolf recovery program. Although the migration of wolves into Oregon had been anticipated, their arrival renewed intense debate about the impact on livestock and native ungulates as well as passionate support among conservation groups and wolf advocates. In response, the Oregon Fish and Game Commission initiated an extensive public involvement process that culminated in the adoption of the Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan in 2005. This plan was revised in 2010, but numerous bills were introduced in the 2011 Oregon Legislative session to give ranchers more latitude in killing wolves threatening livestock and personal safety, and to compensate them for the loss of livestock due to wolf depredation. In addition, the U.S. Congress removed wolves from the federal endangered species list and returned management to five western states, including Oregon. The focus of the case study will be on how well Oregon’s wolf plan anticipated and addressed wolf management issues, and what needs to be done to ensure the conservation of this charismatic species while protecting the social and economic interests of all Oregonians.
The Executive Seminar Program is an advanced leadership training program for natural resource leaders offered by the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government and the Center for Public Service at Portland State University.