Fish and Wildlife Commission has extended the
public comment period for revisions to the
Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan to
ensure that those with an interest in wolves
have sufficient time to provide input.
decision was made after the Union County
Cattlemen, the Oregon Cattlemen's Association
and the Union County Board of Commissioners made
formal requests. State law provides for an
agency extension of its intended rulemaking
action at the request of interested parties.
new timeline, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife
Commission is scheduled to make a final
rulemaking decision on the proposed wolf plan
revisions and associated administrative rules
beginning at 1 p.m. during the Commission's
meeting Thursday, Dec. 1, in Salem.
Commission decided last month to enter
rulemaking for a limited purpose -- to propose
amending the Oregon Wolf Conservation and
Management Plan based on three proposed
legislative enhancements that were not acted on
by the 2005 Oregon Legislature.
enhancements, which are the only portion of the
plan subject to public comment, would have:
Designated the wolf as a special status mammal
under the game mammal statute,
a state-funded compensation program for
livestock killed by wolves, and
livestock owners without a permit to kill wolves
caught 'in the act' of killing livestock.
proposed amendments are adopted by the
Commission, the rest of the plan will remain
Commission approved the Oregon wolf plan last
February after a comprehensive public
involvement effort involving a citizen committee
that met for more than a year to write a draft
plan and a four-month public comment period.
proposed revisions to the plan and
administrative rules, as well as information
considered before the plan was adopted in
February 2005 can be found on ODFW's Web site at
official public comment period for rulemaking
began Oct. 1. Written comments on the revisions
and draft rules must be submitted no later than
close of business Wednesday, Nov. 30. A final
opportunity to offer verbal testimony will be
available during a public hearing at the Dec. 1
Commission meeting at the Oregon Department of
Fish and Wildlife headquarters, 3406 Cherry
Avenue N.E. in Salem.
public comments on the plan revisions will be
accepted at the following locations:
ODFW NW Region, 17330 S.E. Evelyn St.,
Clackamas, OR 97015.
wolf plan does not call for actively
reintroducing wolves from other states or
provinces, but managing wolves that naturally
disperse into Oregon. No wolves are confirmed in
Oregon at this time, but biologists expect
wolves to establish a permanent Oregon
population as the Idaho wolf population grows
and disperses. Wolves currently are protected
under both the state and federal endangered