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Story by Edward S. Vester - The Oregon Herald
Published on Wednesday December 21, 2011 - 7:07 AM
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GRANTS PASS, Oregon - Oregon's famous wandering wolf seems to be staying out of trouble after settling for the time being in the southern Cascades, but there are no signs he has found a mate.

Meanwhile, a conservation group said Wednesday it is closer to picking a name for OR-7 in a contest that has drawn entries from kids around the world.

Oregon Wild says the finalists are Arthur, Max, Journey, Lupin, and Takota.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist John Stephenson checked on OR-7 last week after tracking signals put him in Klamath County. Stephenson didn't spot him, but found tracks from a single wolf and the carcass of an elk calf that had been fed on.

OR-7 has traveled more than 750 miles since leaving his pack in northeastern Oregon in September.

While 55 wolves have been killed in the ongoing Montana and Idaho hunt/slaughter, Oregon's Imnaha Pack alpha male and yearling are safe tonight, after the Oregon Court of Appeals granted a temporary stay of the" kill order" hanging over the two wolves heads!

Three environmental groups filed a lawsuit on October 5th to halt the killing of the two wolves and the judges listened. The killing of the alpha male and the younger wolf would likely have been the nail in the coffin for the Imnaha pack, leaving the alpha female, B-300 and her six month old pup to fend for themselves.

Although the injunction is temporary we call on Governor Kitzhaber to end the "witch hunt" permanently and stop the harassment of this wolf pack.

As I stated in an earlier post, Oregon ranchers lost 51,200 cattle to non-predation in 2010, so the continual coverage of miniscule wolf depredations looks like persecution, driven by the livestock industry and is casting a pall over Oregon's reputation as a moderate and progressive state.

As state biologists combed northeastern Oregon's rugged mountains Wednesday to kill two gray wolves in the Imnaha pack, conservation groups challenged the kill order in court and called on Gov. John Kitzhaber to intercede.

Late in the day, the Oregon Court of Appeals granted their request to temporarily halt the hunt, The Associated Press reported.

Cascadia Wildlands, the Center for Biological Diversity and Oregon Wild contend that efforts by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to remove the pack's alpha male and a younger wolf would leave only a female wolf and one pup born this year to fend for themselves this winter.

"They are proposing to take out the leader of the pack, which will, in my best estimate, render the pack unviable," said Josh Laughlin, spokesman for the Eugene-based Cascadia Wildlands. "Oregonians are not going to stand for that."