Don’t ease wolf-kill rules

Published Apr 30, 2013 at 05:00AM

Thank you for publishing the article “Ranchers want wolf-kill rules eased.”

Oregon! Do you really want to go back to the early 1900s when wolves were hunted to extinction? Oregon has had the most predator-friendly wolf management program in the country, and that is why I was floored to hear that an Oregon House committee passed a bill allowing ranchers to kill or “take” wolves.

As a California native living in a state that hasn’t had wild wolves in more than 90 years, I can tell you that I was absolutely overjoyed when wolf OR-7 crossed the Oregon border into California a year ago. It gave us Californians such hope in forming a successful wolf plan where it would be protected, and we had looked to Oregon’s management plan as a model. Please don’t go the way of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

Sonia Valdivia

Los Angeles

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