Our Klamath Basin Water Crisis
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.
Speech by Sharon Beck to Oregon Women for Agriculture Convention March 5, 2005
The cattle industry has been characterized by one of the Wolf advisory committee members as the "lone dissenting voice against the wolf management plan".
Other members have made personal attacks against the livestock industry and me personally.
A person named Janet London who works in Boring testified that "ranchers are allowed to have their animals over graze destroying the habitat and limiting food for native species." She called us welfare queens and said "predators keep other animals of the wild healthy by preying on the old and weak. Deer populations are on the rise which would be helped by wolfs thinning their herds." She said "get the Queens off public land for good. If the people who care were allowed to shoot the planets destroyers on site it would be a better place. Save the planet shoot a rancher."
There were nearly 1400 signatures on petitions asking the Commission not to adopt the plan, there were 18 signatures on a letter from legislators asking them to delay adopting the plan. There were hundreds of letters asking them to keep wolves out of Oregon. Signers were from every corner of the state, from rural communities, from the hunting and landowners stockmen and people who believe that we are a nation of laws like me.
But even so the Commission followed the command of the Governorís natural resources advisor and adopted that plan before the ink was dry, even though it is totally irrelevant, unnecessary, unaffordable and un-implementable.
The plan is authorized under the Oregon endangered species act illegally. The introduced Canadian Gray Wolf is not listed as an endangered species in Oregon. The gray wolf that is listed is the "native" gray wolf of Oregon and itís been declared extinct years ago and in fact "any wolf" is listed in Oregon law (609-205) as an "Exotic Animal" the keeping of which is heavily regulated in order to "avoid undue physical or financial risk to the public".
The Canadian Gray Wolf is under the jurisdiction of the federal government and therefore not non-game wildlife of Oregon as ODFW claims. It will become wildlife of Oregon if it is allowed to migrate here and is delisted from the federal list of endangered species. Since the environmentalists/animal rights groupís lawsuit prevailed in vacating the down listing to threatened, every management tool for Oregonians has been taken away. We can protect ourselves or other humans from direct attack by wolves but nothing else. We cannot even harass or haze a wolf suspected to be attacking our livestock without fearing up to $100,000 fine and a year in jail.
So what does the Oregon wolf plan provide now? Nothing, it must be federally delisted or down listed before most of the plan can take effect.
What does the plan provide upon federal delisting or down listing?
What laws need to be changed in order to implement the adopted wolf plan?
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