Wolves are a frequent topic of discussion in the Pacific Northwest and in 2015 Oregon will begin changing how these animals are managed. In 2005, The Oregon Department Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) introduced the Wolf Conservation Management Plan to help stabilize the states’ wolf population. The plan is reviewed every five years and is set to be reviewed again this year.
ODFW released some of their results from their most recent wolf count on Tuesday, confirming 6 breeding pairs in Eastern Oregon and 7 total pairs in the state. This means that ODFW will move into the second phase of the wolf management plan in the eastern part of the state. This phase allows for more flexibility when handling wolf populations and depredations. Russ Morgan, wolf program coordinator at ODFW, will discuss the future of wolves in Oregon.