Do you eat beef? If so, make sure it doesn't come from a rancher who belongs to the Oregon Cattlemen's Association (OCA).
This group appears to be committed to killing every single wolf in our state -- causing wolves to once again become an extinct member of Oregon's top predator ecosystem. If you don't believe me, take a look at the OCA Facebook page.
Friday's entry says "Good news for ranchers in Eastern OR," referring to a La Grande news story: Two Imnaha pack wolves to be killed after another confirmed livestock loss
Yesterday’s investigation scene showed clear evidence of a wolf attack. The large spring calf had been dead less than two days, yet was almost completely consumed, suggesting the entire pack had fed on it. The alpha female was observed near the investigation site the following day, and GPS collar data indicates the alpha male was with her at the time.
Let's leave aside the question of whether this truly is "clear evidence." (But it sure doesn't seem to be, since wolves feeding on a dead calf isn't proof that they killed it.)
Let's focus on some facts -- facts that should make anyone who cares about the environment, wildlife, and ecosystem preservation extremely angry at the Oregon Cattlemen's Association.
The OCA could have said that the wolf kills are unfortunate. Instead, there is a gleeful "kill all the wolves!" attitude among the association that represents Oregon ranchers. And they are damn close to succeeding, according to an Oregon Wild email I got today.
After confirming the loss of a cow to the Imnaha Pack on Thursday, the state publicly announced the kill order late Friday. We’re still working hard to try to stop them, but time is short and options are limited. The order will be easy to carry out. The alpha male wears a gps tracking collar and will be shot along with last year’s pup.
Earlier this year, in an effort to assuage the livestock industry and relieve local political pressure, the state killed two wolves from the Imnaha Pack. Another died shortly after being collared, and still others have dispersed. If this kill order is carried out, Oregon’s first wolf pack - which once numbered sixteen - will be reduced to two. Sophie – the alpha female named by the Wolf Pack in 2008– and her young pup will be left to fend for themselves.
Oregon will have killed six wolves in the last two years, and recovery has stalled. This will be the 4th kill during Governor Kitzhaber’s short tenure.
Two. That's how many wolves will be left in Oregon after ranchers succeed in their wolf jihad.
Here's another fact: wolves account for less than one percent of cattle losses in Wyoming, which has hugely more wolves than Oregon. See:
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Ranchers can be compensated for livestock killings that are proven to be wolf-related.
So this is why I say the Oregon Cattlemen's Association is on a jihad. It's not about money, but more like a holy war to them, except killing wolves for no good reason is unholy. Also, unnecessary. To the OCA, the natural world is an irritation for ranchers who want to raise cattle unnaturally.
The OCA is happy to accept "welfare ranching" benefits from us taxpayers, but also wants to be able to freely kill wolves who have returned to roam public lands in Oregon.
Well, Oregonians have a choice in what they eat. The more people recognize that the Oregon Cattlemen's Association is dedicated to extinguishing our state's wolf population, hopefully the less Oregon beef they will buy.
After reading the highly disturbing Oregon Wild email message, I immediately phoned Governor Kitzhaber's office and complained about the wolf-killing policy. I encourage you to do the same. Here's the number:503-378-4582. To email the Governor, click here.
This is how the Oregon Wild message ends:
The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association celebrated the [kill] order as “good news” on their facebook page over the weekend. For folks who value native wildlife, the news is anything but good. It’s disappointing to see a state that prides itself on its green reputation again turning to lethal control, bending over backwards to satisfy special interests, and ignoring those who value wildlife.
After Governor Kitzhaber signed a compensation bill earlier this year, you – Oregon’s taxpayer - will now be writing a check to one of the state’s most vocal anti-wolf activists while simultaneously footing the bill to kill most of what remains of Oregon’s first pack. We’ll stay on this and update you on what you can do.
For most folks, conservation doesn’t mean bullets, traps, and snares. Please call Governor Kitzhaber (503.378.4582) tell him to start focusing on conservation and recovery for Oregon’s remaining wolves.
For the wolves,
PS – Take a moment to watch video of Sophie and her pup taken earlier this year. With winter coming on and anti-wildlife interests hungry for more “good news”, it’s going to be tough going for these two. Oregon’s remaining wolves are going to need all the allies they can get – please tell your friends about the Wolf Pack and encourage them to support Oregon Wild's work to ensure wolf recov.