Oregon ranchers seek freedom in handling wolves
Thursday, April 30, 2009 8:07 PM PDT
By The Associated Press
SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association is working to persuade lawmakers to change the current Wolf Management Plan and allow them to kill or capture wolves that harass or attack their sheep.
Curt Jacobs, a cattleman who operates a ranch outside Baker City, told a legislative committee Thursday about how wolves killed 24 of his lambs and injured three others. The association brought pictures of the attacks to further their point. One showed a lamb split in two.
Under current law ranchers can only haze wolves. An association lobbyist says the change would give ranchers more “tools” to work with. Read More
A rancher needs the ability to protect their livestock. Being forced to sit there and watch your livestock suffer needlessly and see your livelihood threatened is asking a lot for our food producers to do. Hopefully these elected officials will realize how important it is to change these rules.