Last year, am Oregon elk hunter shot and killed a wolf charging directly at himCheck out the video of his interview with a state game official below. Before we get to the details, a little lupine history via oregonwild.com:
Gray wolves (Canis lupus) were once common in Oregon, occupying most of the state. However, a deliberate effort to eradicate the species was successful by the late 1940s.
In fact, trouble for wolves began almost 100 years earlier, in the years before Oregon became a state. In 1843 the first wolf bounty was established and Oregon’s first legislative session was called in part to address the “problem of marauding wolves.”
By 1913, people could collect a $5 state bounty and an Oregon State Game Commission bounty of $20. The last recorded wolf bounty was paid out in 1947.
After an absence of over half a century, wolves began to take their first tentative steps towards recovery. Having dispersed from Idaho, the native species is once again trying to make a home in Oregon.
Flash forward to October 27, 2017. The Oregonian interviewed below fired one shot from a 30-06, using Hornaday ammunition. The wolf was found to be an 83 pound female. Two other wolves were with the female, initially.
In the interview above, the hunter indicates there likely were more wolves that he didn’t see. No doubt more Oregon hunters will see more wolves in the future.
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