In Oregon, gray wolves once had a bounty on their heads. In an effort to protect early settlers and, after annexation, local residents, officials offered monetary compensation for killing the native species until as recently at 1947. Now, after years of work to preserve the quickly dwindling numbers, Oregon’s gray wolf population has rebounded successfully enough to move members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation to support the removal of grey wolves from the endangered list.
From the article: ODFW has noted that Oregon’s wolf population “Is projected to continue to increase,” and “The overall probability of extinction is very low and genetic variation is high.” Delisting gray wolves in Oregon keeps within the tenets of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, which aims to utilize the best-available science when determining management goals and methods for a particular species.
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