Wildlife commission to finally vote on Oregon wolf plan

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Fish and Wildlife commission is finally set to vote on a plan for managing wolves in the state, after years of contentious meetings.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that the commission is expected to vote in March. As in other northwestern states, wolves have been controversial in Oregon, with ranchers saying they wreak havoc on livestock and conservationists saying they play a key role in the ecosystem. The main sticking point has been over when and how lethal action can be taken against wolves that kill livestock.

The first wolf management plan was implemented in 2005 and revised in 2010, just a year after wolves made their return to Oregon. The plan was supposed to be updated every five years, but the 2015 revisions became mired in argument and repeated delays ensued.

The state says it will release the management plan to the public before the vote.