The complicated state wolf management program is having trouble keeping up in Umatilla County.
Gray wolves are protected under state endangered species law in the areas east of highways 395, 78 and 95, generally the state’s northeastern corner. The area is home to seven documented packs made up of perhaps five dozen wolves. They are protected under the federal endangered species act in the rest of the state, but the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has proposed delisting wolves in the lower 48 states.
Environmental and wildlife groups are adamantly opposed, saying the wolf population hasn’t sufficiently recovered.
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