Wolves capture our imaginations with their power, cunning, playfulness and ferocity. They also play a major role in a healthy ecosystem by acting as a keystone species that impacts all other species, either directly or indirectly.
HCPC welcomes wolves back to Oregon by 1) pressuring government agencies to develop suitable management plans allowing for conservation and protection of wolves; and 2) by protecting wolf habitat and connectivity corridors so wolves are free to roam from western Idaho through northeast Oregon and into central Oregon, where they can then disperse into prime wolf habitat in southwest Oregon.
From 2003-05, HCPC played an instrumental role on the Oregon Wolf Advisory Board in developing the 2005 Oregon Wolf Plan(pdf).
USFW has recently announced the delisting of the wolf in the Rocky Mountain region, which includes Idaho and eastern Oregon. While this is an unfortunate development (and one that will undoubtedly be challenged in court), and may affect the number of wolves migrating from Idaho to Oregon, it does not affect the already stringent Oregon Wolf Plan. The Oregon Wolf Plan is still in effect, and all management of wolves in Oregon will be guided by it.
In 2007, HCPC and Defenders of Wildlife stopped Oregon legislation that would’ve gutted the Oregon Wolf Plan and undermined the public's willingness to participate in future advisory boards convened by ODFW.
After hundreds of sightings and reports of wolves in northeast Oregon over the previous 8+ years, on January 23rd, 2008, a radio-collared wolf was verified by ODFW to be roaming the Wallowas. We can now say without any question that wolves are in Oregon.
HCPC is now focusing our wolf work on continued protection of wolf habitat, wolf education and stopping any anti-wolf legislation or rule-making. To that end, in March, 2008 we convened a meeting of agencies and wolf advocates to make concrete plans for wolf education and outreach.