A federal agency and five conservation groups have put together a reward totaling $15,500 for information on the illegal killing of an Oregon wolf in Klamath County. The wolf, OR-33, died of gunshot wounds in late April but the case was not confirmed until October following tests on the wolf’s DNA.
It is a violation of the federal Endangered Species Act to kill a gray wolf in the western two-thirds of Oregon, along with a violation of Oregon state game laws.
The wolf’s carcass was found about 20 miles northwest of Klamath Falls in Fremont-Winema National Forest, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said.
“This is a heartbreaking loss for Oregon’s wolves,” said Amaroq Weiss, West Coast wolf advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the groups that contributed money.
“Wolf recovery in Oregon depends on wolves like OR-33 making their way west and thriving, so his death is a major setback. We hope someone will do the right thing and come forward with information.”
OR-33 was a 4-year-old male gray wolf that dispersed from northeast Oregon’s Imnaha Pack to southwest Oregon, where he became well known. He was seen by multiple residents, and his photo was captured by a hunter’s trail camera near Emigrant Reservoir, about six miles southeast of Ashland.
“This wolf is acting like David Lee Roth,” said Greg Roberts, a media personality in Southern Oregon said at the time. “I’ve had eight people in Ashland say that they’ve seen him around their property.”
–Zach Urness, outdoors writer, photographer and videographer/ Oct. 24, 2017
“Hurt No Living Thing”
Hurt no living thing;
Ladybird, nor butterfly,
Nor moth with dusty wing,
Not cricket chirping cheerily,
Nor grasshopper so light of leap,
Nor dancing gnat, nor beetle fat,
Nor harmless worms that creep.
— Christina Rossetti
During the opening reception of SHADOWS, Gregory Bell offered an artist talk about the encaustic works depicting the wildlife found in coastal habitat of the area.
And, too, during the SHADOWS reception, the artist was inspired by FLYNN, “the handsomest Kestrel around and one of the WCNC Ambassador Birds!” I will paint FLYNN next! — Gregory Bell
At the opening reception of SHADOWS on October 7th there was an auction of selected Neal Maine images. More than $300 was raised in less than five minutes to benefit the WCNC!!!
Wildlife Center of the North Coast (WCNC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Oregon corporation, that specializes in wildlife rehabilitation of resident and migratory birds, mammals and other wild creatures naturally occurring in Oregon.
WCNC provides primary services to communities along 167 miles of coastline in Oregon and southwest Washington offering humane care and professional medical treatment to sick, injured, orphaned and displaced native wildlife with the goal of releasing healthy wild animals back into their appropriate habitat; offers quality conservation + environmental education programs concerning local wildlife, their ecosystems, and the human impact on these systems and individuals.