Eastern Oregon seeks legislative leeway with grey wolves

Pack of Gray Wolves in Snow


SALEM, Ore. — Ranchers in eastern Oregon are hoping for more leeway when it comes to protecting livestock from grey wolves.

Ranchers told a House committee Tuesday that it’s not enough to kill wolves caught in the act of attacking livestock.

Environmentalists warned that wolf populations might dwindle if ranchers get more latitude to kill the predators.

Three Eastern Oregon legislators have proposed allowing ranchers to kill any gray wolf they reasonably believe has attacked or harassed their livestock.

Wallowa County rancher Rod Childers said they “simply want to keep our livestock alive and out of harm’s way.”

The House Environment and Natural Resources Committee took no action on the bill Tuesday.