November 10, 2015
Humane Society of the United States Condemns the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission’s Decisions on Cougars and Wolves
Scott Beckstead, senior Oregon state director of The Humane Society of the United States, released the following statement:
“Yesterday’s decision to delist wolves was not only premature, but also follows a disturbing pattern of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission waging war against our native carnivores. Last month, the Commission voted to allow trophy hunters and federal wildlife agents to kill more cougars and now it’s wolves facing arbitrary decisions that fly in the face of ethical conservation, ignore the best available science and are out of touch with modern society. These decisions are not aligned with responsible management and ignore Oregonian values.”
With fewer than 90 individuals, wolves are currently absent from most of their suitable range in Oregon.
Hunting cougars and wolves harms individuals and family groups. This killing especially leaves dependent young to die from starvation, predation and exposure, and affects subpopulations of both species.
On October 9, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission decided to permit the killing of all cougars who live in so-called “target zones” on 6,236 square miles of Oregon’s lands.
When persistently killed, large carnivores cannot achieve their work to balance healthy ecosystems.
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