In early February, officials with the Oregon State Police were alerted about a possible dead wolf in Union County, in northeastern Oregon. When troopers went to investigate, they found a gruesome scene: five dead wolves, all members of the Catherine Pack, apparently victims of poisoning. Over the next month, three more dead wolves were discovered in the county—all of them had been poisoned as well.
“This incident reflects very poorly on what the public thinks of wolves,” says Sristi Kamal, Northwest senior representative for Defenders of Wildlife. “It highlights that we still have a lot of work to do to change people’s minds on the ground.”