Since the inception of ODFW, they have spent hundreds of millions of dollars promoting the betterment of our deer, elk, antelope, goat and sheep herds. Now they are spending millions on a predator that within a few years is going to decimate these same herds.
If you look at the history of Wallowa County from 1842, when white man arrived in the Wallowa Valley, until 1988 when the history of Wallowa County was published, there was not a single wolf killed.
The Native Americans kept them killed off, as they were killing their deer and elk just as they are doing now. So why are the farmers of Eastern Oregon having to put up with them now?
On a recent elk hunting trip I observed four of these killers lying in the sun after they had made a kill. Also photographed them enjoying their full stomach. After about a half hour they just up and walked away.
Everywhere I went there were wolf tracks. I am not an employee of ODFW but I have seen enough wolf tracks that I do not have to take pictures of them and send them to Montana or Wyoming to have them identified. (We can identify woodpeckers, though.)
Also on this trip I observed three grown cougars hunting in the same area. The only problem I had was the wolves were about a mile away and the cougars were approximately 1,000 yards and I only have a 500-yard gun. It was a very unsuccessful hunt with all of the predators there. Having spoken to several people that have hunted the area for more than 40 years, we saw fewer elk than ever before.
It is time ODFW tells the U.S. Fish and Wildlife to stay in Washington, D.C., and let the people of Eastern Oregon take care of the wolf problem here. The last two wolves killed in Oregon were in Linn County, so lets let the entire wolf lovers move to Linn County and take all of the wolves with them.
No one asked them to live here so why dont they just pack up and leave on the same road that brought them here?
I urge all hunters, sportsmen, farmers and ranchers to contact the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Mule Deer Foundation, North American Sheep Foundation, Oregon Hunters Association or whatever group you belong to and have them oppose any money going the research of the wolves.
There is already a research facility run by a Native American group at Winchester, Idaho. If you know any of the ODFW board members, it might be good to talk to them about the wolf issue and make your feelings known to them.
Lets all band together and get the wolves out of Oregon.