Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has killed the first of two wolves in Northeast Oregon’s Imnaha pack. The uncollared male wolf was captured on the same private land where a wolf depredation took place in April. The agency is still looking for a second young wolf. Both wolves are being killed to protect livestock following a rash of livestock losses to Imnaha wolves (at least four in Northeast Oregon this year).
According to the agency’s press release today, the state has now issued 12 wolf kill permits to ranchers in Imnaha pack country. Last time I checked, they had only issued eight of these “caught in the act” permits, which allow ranchers to kill wolves that are attacking their livestock.