Last fall, Malheur County Sheriff’s deputies investigated and confirmed six cattle depredations by wolves in a two month time span. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials say the cattle were likely killed by “other causes”, which leaves the ranchers without the option to collect compensation for their losses as provided for in Oregon’s Wolf Management Plan.
And besides, everybody knows wolves don’t kill cattle. According to National Geographic, they are too busy changing rivers.
Meanwhile, here in Washington state, where last week a woman was treed by wolves in Okanogan County…. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife agents tried to interfere with the rescue operation. Dispatch records indicate that WDFW agents tried to call off a DNR heliocopter that was being sent to the scene because the wolves are a “Federally protected species”.
WDFW’s demand that outside agencies stand down was ignored by an EMS dispacher and a DNR heliocopter crew arrived on the scene 14 minutes after being called. The DNR crew spotted the woman in the tree and also noted several wolves on the ground. The flight crew landed, scared off the wolves, and effected a rescue of the woman.
Donny Martorello- the Wolf Policy Lead for WDFW, attempted to explain away his agency’s interference because “wildlife biologists familiar with wolf behavior thought the woman was not in immediate danger.”
Following the incident, the Okanogan County Commissioners called WDFW to account for their behaviour. A county Deputy Sheriff testified during an “after incident hearing” that WDFW and USFWS agents verbally warned him that wolves were “under Federal protection” and actually lied to him about the trail conditions leading in to the site in order to discourage his investigation. These Federal and State wildlife “officers” actually tried to prevent a County Sheriff Deputy from accessing the site in order to investigate the incident. The deputy told the wildlife guys in no uncertain terms that if they didn’t stand down, he would arrest them for interfering with a law enforcement investigation.
According to WDFW, Washington’s wolves are under their total and complete jurisdiction. Besides, the woman was perfectly safe. Everyone knows wolves can’t climb trees.
A few weeks later, this same wolf pack was spotted changing rivers.
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