Wolves on the Endangered species list … Ranchers and hunters sue. Wolves off the endangered species list … Conservation groups sue. Wolves back on the endangered species list … Everyone sues. The battle over wolves continues in the courts, but when OREGON FIELD GUIDE set out to learn what’s going on with wolves in Oregon, the crew didn’t go to the courts, they went into the woods and ranches and mountains where wolves are actually showing up.

OREGON FIELD GUIDE spent a year examining the plight of wolves and exploring what it means to live with America’s most iconic predator for this half-hour special, “Living with Wolves,” airing on Thursday, May 19 at 8:30 pm on the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting.

FIELD GUIDE wanted to know how officials are managing wolves and if they can protect wolves even as poachers take their toll. Can ranchers coexist with wolves even as their livestock turn up dead? Will wolves bring a jolt to Oregon’s tourist economy as they have in Yellowstone? There are no easy answers. Yet wolves themselves are forcing the hand of conservationists, ranchers and wildlife managers as the predators show up in ever-greater numbers.

Each new arrival tells a unique story. The lone wolf “B45” was sent back to Idaho, but the rogue Keating wolves wound up dead at the hands of government trappers. The secretive Wenaha pack is hiding out in the woods near LaGrande, while the bold Imnaha wolves are harassing cattle near Enterprise.

It’s no longer a question of “if” wolves come to Oregon. They’re here, and more keep coming, but their ultimate fate is still up in the air. Over a third of all the adult wolves in Oregon have been killed, poached or moved, leaving the question, “Can wolves survive in Oregon in the long run?”

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In its 22nd season, OREGON FIELD GUIDE remains a valuable source of information about outdoor recreation, ecological issues, natural resources and travel destinations. OREGON FIELD GUIDE airs Thursday evenings at 8:30pm on the television stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting and repeats on Sundays at 1:30am and 6:30pm. In the Mountain Time zone of Eastern Oregon, the program airs at 9:30pm Thursdays, and at 7:30pm Sundays.

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