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Wolf listing to be discussed in Dorris

Group hopes to keep animals off California endangered species list

by LEE JUILLERAT, Herald and News 9/9/12

Wolf Listing AP file photo Wolf Listing - Russ Morgan, an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife wolf coordinator, is seen with a wolf as it recovers from anesthesia used during radio collaring. Residents in Siskiyou County, where a wolf from an Oregon pack passed through, hope to stop the state from adding wolves to its endangered species list.
DORRIS — Members of Protect Our Property, a group that opposes listing gray wolves for protection under the California Endangered Species Act, will meet Tuesday in Dorris to discuss efforts to prevent listing efforts.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Dorris City Hall, according to Bert Holzhauser, one of the POP leaders.

Earlier this year, the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the California Department of Fish and Game to protect gray wolves under the state ESA. Various groups oppose the listing, including POP and some California counties.
The Dorris City Council recently passed a resolution asking Siskiyou County officials to request California Fish and Game to do studies on the environmental, health, social, customs, cultural and economic impacts, and to consult with affected counties, before considering the request to list gray wolves. The resolution says wolves have had negative impacts on game populations and livestock “at the cost of tens of millions of dollars each year to economies.”
Holzhauser and Shirl Woodson, a Butte Valley rancher and POP member, said concerns about expanding wolf populations have been expressed by ranchers and others in several states and British Columbia.
Local sightings
A lone wolf known as OR-7, traveled through Southern Oregon, including Klamath County, until moving into Siskiyou and two other far Northern California counties in late 2011.
“We want to keep the wolves out of California,” Holzhauser said. “We don’t want them (the California Department of Fish and Game) to put wolves on the endangered species list.”

The POP group wants people to write letters opposing the listing of gray wolves through the California ESA to: California Fish and Game Commission, attention Executive Director Sonke Mastrup, PO Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94244-2090, or by email to fgc@fgc.ca.gov, by Sept. 30.

“Let the commission know how the introduction of wolves could adversely affect your livelihood, livestock operations, hunting, hiking or way of life in rural California,” Holzhauser said.


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