ENTERPRISE, Ore – Governor Ted Kulongoski has rejected the request from Hells Canyon Preservation Council for clemency for two wolves who have killed numerous calves in Wallowa County.
According to the law, clemency only applies to people and cannot be applied to animals. On June 16, 2010, Hells Canyon Preservation Council of La Grand sent a letter for clemency to the governor’s office in which is said:
“We are writing to urge you to pardon the death sentences issued by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for two gray wolves in Northwest Oregon.”
On May 30, 2010, ODFW authorized US Wildlife Services to kill two members of the Imnaha pack in response to recent lifestock kills in Wallowa County.
According to a press release issued by ODFW the agency is attempting to target wolves in the area where depredations have previously occurred while protecting the breeding pair and other collared wolves so they can be monitored It appears that pack activity has shifted upslope to more forested area. ODFW is continuing with the lethal authorization and the associated target area in an effort to remove wolves that return to the upper Wallowa Valley to prey on livestock. Another purpose of the removal is to try to cause a change of behavior in the pack (so they avoid the area).