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Suit challenges agency’s role in killing some Oregon wolves

An adult wolf from Oregon's Snake River Pack. (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)
An adult wolf from Oregon's Snake River Pack. (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Conservationists filed a federal lawsuit in Oregon on today that challenges the authority of a federal government program to kill wolves in the state, the Associated Press reports.

The lawsuit targets the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program, which controls the number of wolves, coyotes, grizzly bears, mountain lions and other wild animals.

It’s a similar lawsuit Cascadia Wildlands in Eugene and other conservationists won late last year in Washington state, where a federal judge said the program should’ve done a more thorough analysis of the effects of its activities and banned it from killing wolves in that state.

Cascadia Wildlands is the same group currently fighting Oregon’s decision last year to remove the wolf from the state’s endangered species list in a separate lawsuit.



Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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