ENTERPRISE - Wallowa County Commissioner Ben Boswell opposes the majority report on how best to manage gray wolves as they expanded their territory into Oregon.
The Oregon Wolf Advisory Committee on Sept. 9 submitted its majority and minority recommendations on how to handle gray wolves that might possibly migrate to Oregon from other states. Those recommendations will be considered and updated by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission and will be the subject of a series of public informational meetings, including one Oct. 26 in Enterprise. The commission is expected to have its wolf policy in place by Jan. 7.
Boswell has been a member of the Wolf Advisory Committee since it was formed a year ago and has gone on record in opposition to the committee's majority opinion. On Sept. 7 he released a four-page minority report that expressed the view that wolves should not be allowed in Oregon.
"I propose that wolves be kept from Oregon by whatever means are necessary," he said. He later said, "I believe that because the minimum conflict threshold is zero, the plan should seek to prevent conflict and this can be done only by preventing wolves."
The recommendation of the Wolf Advisory Committee would be for the Fish and Wildlife Commission, with the use of radio collars, keep a count of wolves in the state, triggering a series of legal responses according to the number of breeding pairs in Oregon