North State Outdoor News
November 04, 2011
By Frank Galusha, EasyWriter©
Wolf travels gives us pause.
The wolf pack of northeast Oregon has apparently lost one of its members to southwestern Oregon. You didn’t know there were wolves in northeast Oregon? Well there are and they’re heading our way! This item from the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife may give you pause.
“A collared wolf (OR-7) from the Imnaha Pack of Wallowa County has wandered about 250 miles southwest to become the first confirmed wolf in Douglas County since 1946.”
News doesn’t travel much faster than this! GPS collar data shows OR-7 left the Imnaha pack territory on Sept. 10. Since then he has visited seven Oregon counties: Baker, Grant, Harney, Crook, Deschutes, Lake and now Douglas County. He crossed Highway 97 and the Cascade Crest and entered the Umpqua River drainage about two weeks ago. This guy is obviously following a “skirt!”
Not so, according to Russ Morgan ODFW wolf program coordinator. Morgan says it is common for wolves to set out alone but it is also possible that other non-collared wolves have made the same journey. Oregon already has four separate wolf packs. I’d say the seeds for a new litter are being planted as I write.
At MyOutdoorBuddy.com I have received at least one unconfirmed report of wolves being sighted as far south as Modoc County, and from folks I consider to be pretty darned good at identifying wildlife.
Ranchers and hunters fear these predators will re-establish themselves in these regions. If that happens they believe livestock, elk and deer herds, which are already facing a healthy population of mountain lions, bears, bobcats and coyotes, will be further threatened.
Wolves are protected in Oregon and animal rights activists think they should be allowed back in to take their rightful place between Little Red Riding Hood and Grandma’s house. Not to worry! If ODFW has to issue an Amber Alert for OR-7 he won’t be hard to find. His collar transmits his exact location every six hours.
Maybe we could use these collars to keep track of the thousands of sex offenders and child molesters who have migrated or been deported to “Jefferson.”
What I don’t like about wolves is they are so unfriendly. I’ve never seen one wag its tail, have you? Therefore, I will allow myself to jump to the conclusion that since I didn’t evolve from an ape, my Black Lab’s ancestors weren’t wolves! Let the animal rights activists and evolutionists chew on that bone for a week. Maybe we can get a little contention going again.
Don’t let the innocuous look fool you! The wolf’s powerful jaws are capable of generating 1,500 psi pressure! “My what big jaws you have Grandma!” Photo courtesy of ODFW
OR-3, another collared wolf, was also last located in central Oregon. OR-3 was born in northeast Oregon and radio collared on Feb. 12, 2010. He was discovered in Wheeler County in July and was later located in the Ochoco Mountains on Sept. 29. Since that time he has not been found. The USFWS and ODFW will continue to attempt to locate this wolf. I can help! There’s been a wolf at my door since Obama took office.
Wolves throughout Oregon are protected by the state Endangered Species Act (ESA). West of Highways 395, 78 and 95, they are also protected by the federal ESA. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the lead management agency for wolves west of this boundary.
I don’t think wolves know when they are east or west of a highway but when you have a lead management agency looking out for you on both sides, who cares?
I wish there was a provision for humans in the ESA. I wish our hunting license monies would spent in wiser ways as well. I wish, oh well, just forget it. It’s almost time to put a wild turkey on the Thanksgiving platter and wolf it down.
DFG wasting dollars in Siskiyou
My pal from Callahan, Liz Bowen who is president of Scott Valley Protect Our Water, reports our CA DFG is setting itself up to do yet another redundant water-flow study on the Scott and Shasta Rivers.
Locals believe it’s a set up to ensure that flow rates are set so high, the farmers and ranchers up that way won’t be able to take any water from these rivers. Yet, more water and habitat wouldn’t be available consistently if the people took none of it. At a public meeting with the DFG on November 1, Siskiyou supervisor Grace Bennett reported 312 studies have been performed on the Shasta and 116 on the Scott by the Resource Conservation Districts. I’d say that issue has been studied to death but since the DFG has been infiltrated by animal rights activists, marine life protectionists and other eco-nuts, they can’t stop studying or they’d lose their last remaining funding sources.
Worse yet, the DFG has placed a video weir (trap) on the Scott with an 8-inch passage, an opening so small several renowned fish biologists have expressed the view it is designed to obstruct and discourage passage by the very salmon the DFG says the new water flow study is needed to protect.
Just as at meetings held here in Shasta County to “Save Kilarc,” public outrage is being ignored by our single-species ESA-driven resource agencies. There’s a new war being waged for water in the west. Our government is intent on stealing all the rights to it as a means of controlling the people. That’s the really big bad wolf at our door!
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