Pair of wolves released in Colorado are part of an Oregon pack that has killed animals

A pair of wolves released this week in Colorado was part of a large Five Points pack in Oregon that killed three livestock. Oregon wildlife officials allowed federal officials to kill four wolves from the Five Points pack in July and August.

Once a pack has begun to disappear, then they will likely continue to include livestock in their diet in the future, said John Williams, the co-chair of the Oregon Cattlemens Association Wolf Committee. That doesn’t mean they will always eat livestock and it doesn’t mean they will do it all the time. This means that they know that livestock is a viable and good source of food and when the situation arises, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them lose weight.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife on December 18 released five wolves captured in Oregon in a remote corner of Grand County. The agency said Friday that wildlife biologists released five more Oregon wolves — four-year-old females and an adult male — in the past four days on state-owned land in Grand County. and Summit. The locations are kept secret.

Oregons Five Points pack will be 12 wolves by the end of 2022. Four animals from the Five Points pack were killed two adult females, one adult male and one year old female in response to what Oregon officials called that “chronic depredation of livestock.” The history of the recently released wolves was first reported by The Fence Post.

A pair of siblings, a boy and a girl, both years old from the Five Points pack were captured on December 17 in Oregon and released in Grand County the next day. The two wolves released this week are years old, meaning they were likely born in April 2022 and were not skilled hunters when the Five Points pack killed livestock in northeastern Oregon this summer.

Travis Duncan with Colorado Parks and Wildlife said any wolves that are close to livestock have some history of harm “and that includes all packs in Oregon.”

“It doesn’t mean they have a history of chronic deterioration,” Duncan said in an email. “If a pack has infrequent depredation events, they should not be included as a source population, according to the (Colorado Wolf Restoration and Management) plan.”

In September, Colorado Parks and Wildlife wolf reintroduction manager Reid DeWalt told the Colorado House Agriculture Committee that the agency is asking other states for permission to capture and relocate wolves with no recent history of depredation.

You can see where people are like You can be these bad wolves, DeWalt told the committee on Sept.

Gray wolf 2302-OR, a yearling female released on December 18 in Grand County, is from the Five Points pack in Oregon. (Provided by Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

The chairman of the committee, Sen. Dylan Roberts, a Democrat from Avon, asked DeWalt and Colorado Parks and Wildlife Director Jeff Davis if the agency would choose not to identify wolves if the only animals available were from depredating packs.

DeWalt says introducing wolves from depredating packs is not good for the animals.

We’re setting ourselves up for failure if we do that, DeWalt said.

Davis told the committee there are enough wolves in other states that don’t have a history of killing animals. Wildlife directors in other states understand the consequences of wolves killing livestock, Davis said.

I’ll be honest none of us are going to give each other trouble, Davis said. That doesn’t set us up for success and it feeds the story that wolves and ranchers don’t get along.

Oregon is the only state willing to donate wolves to Colorado’s restoration effort.

North Park ranchers are asking Colorado Parks and Wildlife to use lethal tactics to stop a pair of wolves that roamed from Wyoming and have been linked to killing or injuring 20 cattle, sheep and working cattle. dogs since 2021. (On Friday, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials sent a letter to rancher Don Gittleson denying his request that the agency kill the wolves, saying the attacks on (Herds are down this year because many from the original pack that roamed northern Colorado have returned to Wyoming.)

I think everyone will be very disappointed if the wolf problem is introduced before the end of the year, Senator Jeff Bridges, a Democrat from Greenwood Village, said at the committee hearing on September 12. I really think that for the everyone’s benefit that the wolves introduced are not from problem packs.

Michelle Dennehy, spokeswoman for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, said Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials have been given the latest information on packs in northeastern Oregon including all information on depredation and lethal removal permits.

It’s CPW’s decision what packages to target, but ODFW provides all of this information up front, he said.

Duncan, a public information supervisor for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said wildlife experts who determine which wolves to relocate to Colorado weigh factors including pack size, the removal of wolves from the pack and how the pack behaves after fatal deletions. The Five Points pack has not killed any livestock since four wolves were taken from the pack in late July and early August.

“The change in the behavior of the pack and the lack of current depredations meet the CPW criteria for accepting the animals,” he said. “CPW teams in Oregon are passing on many larger and more accessible packages because they have a recent breakdown or have a chronic or ongoing history of breakdown.”

Oregon officials have killed at least 16 wolves connected to livestock damage in 2023, compared to six wolves in 2022. Oregon counted 24 packs and 178 wolves at the beginning of the year.

We’re in the thick of it right now and unfortunately that’s what you’re signing up for, said Williams of the Oregon Cattlemens Association. Wolves need two things: They need an adequate ungulate base for their food and they need tolerant people. Unfortunately in your state, as in our state, the honest people are in the cities and the ranchers and rural people who get the wolves.

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