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Poll Finds Support For Non-Lethal Wolf Management In Oregon

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Based on a recent poll, most Oregonians feel the state took wolves off the endangered species list too early. Conservation groups commissioned the poll.

The poll conducted by Mason Dixon surveyed 800 Oregonians from across the state of different ages and political affiliation. Oregon took wolves off the endangered species list last November. Arran Robertson is with Portland conservation group Oregon Wild. He says the majority of those surveyed feel the state de-listed wolves too soon.
Robertson: “And really want the state to focus on non-lethal conservation and conflict prevention rather than make it easier to go out and kill wolves.”
More than 72 percent supported non-lethal wolf management. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission may allow wolf and cougar hunting on a limited basis. Conservation groups say only 4 cattle were confirmed to be killed by wolves in 2015. And they say more deer are killed by poachers in Oregon than by wolves.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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