State biologists are telling the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission there’s enough evidence to consider taking the gray wolf off the state endangered species list.
A draft status review was posted Tuesday on the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website with materials for the commission’s next meeting.
Russ Morgan is the wolf program coordinator for the department.
“Wolves are actually doing very well. And so the place we are right now is actually a good thing. Wolves are going to be continued to be maintained in this state in a healthy way I’m sure,” Morgan said.
A final decision isn’t scheduled until August, but the commission could make the first step in the process when it meets April in Bend later this month.
At last count, Oregon had 77 wolves descended from animals introduced in Idaho. The status report says they are projected to increase at a rate of seven percent a year, and the probability of a population failure is very low.