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 killed by “other causes”, which leaves the ranchers without the option to collect compensation for their losses as provided for in the state’s Wolf Management Plan.
And besides, everybody knows wolves don’t kill cattle. 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 and a DNR heliocopter crew arrived on the scene 14 minutes after being dispatched. 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.”
We all know that wolves can’t climb trees. The woman was perfectly safe. These same wolves were spotted later, changing rivers.