ENDANGERED SPECIES – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will kill two wolves from the Imnaha wolf pack, including the collared alpha male, after they were blamed for a livestock kill in Eastern Oregon.
The department tracked an adult male wolf with a GPS collar to the location of a calf that was killed last week, according to the Associated Press.
Killing the adult male and a second, uncollared wolf will leave two wolves in the pack. Other wolves from the pack have dispersed to new areas.
The wildlife-advocate group Oregon Wild has protested the proposed kills, saying they are a “major blow” to Oregon’s wolf recovery program.
The Imnaha pack has been blamed for 14 livestock kills since mid-2010.
Wolves in the area were delisted from the federal Endangered Species Act in May, when the department killed two other wolves.
The overall number of wolves in the state has fallen from 21 to 12. The number is expected to climb.