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On Highway 82: Wolf Poacher Wanted billboard

Ecotrope | Feb. 14, 2011 10:09 a.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 1:41 p.m.

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Wolf advocates chipped in to put this billboard on Highway 82 outside La Grande in the hopes of catching the person who illegally shot a gray wolf in eastern Oregon in September. Some of the same groups have also kicked in funds for the $10,000 reward to help catch the killer.

Wolf advocates chipped in to put this billboard on Highway 82 outside La Grande in the hopes of catching the person who illegally shot a gray wolf in eastern Oregon in September. Some of the same groups have also kicked in funds for the $10,000 reward to help catch the killer.

Authorities still haven’t found the person who poached one of Oregon’s Wenaha wolves in September. Not even with an outstanding $10,000 reward for information leading to the culprit ($2,500 from the feds and $7,500 from wolf advocates).

But four conservation groups are on the case. Defenders of Wildlife, Hells Canyon Preservation Council, Northeast Oregon Ecosystems and Oregon Wild chipped in to put up this billboard facing eastbound traffic on Oregon’s Highway 82 outside La Grande.

Those four groups also contributed $7,500 to the reward fund for leads on the wolf poacher. So did Cascadia Wildlands and the Center for Biological Diversity.

Oregon Wild sent out a news release today saying the billboard will be going up tomorrow. Meanwhile, controversy over how to manage the protected Northern Rocky Mountain gray wolves continues with state and federal lawmakers trying to ease Endangered Species Act protections – or eliminate them altogether.

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