Gray wolf may come off state endangered species

Final decision is not scheduled until August

This remote camera photo taken May 3, 2014 and provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, shows the wolf OR7 in southwest Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. Oregon's famous wandering wolf, OR-7 (AP)
This remote camera photo taken May 3, 2014 and provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, shows the wolf OR7 in southwest Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. Oregon's famous wandering wolf, OR-7 (AP)

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — State biologists are telling the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission there is enough information to consider taking the gray wolf off the state endangered species list.

A draft status review was posted Tuesday on the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website with materials for the commission’s next meeting.

A final decision is not scheduled until August, but the commission is to make the first step in the process — deciding whether it has enough information to consider the issue – when it meets April 24 in Bend.

At last count, Oregon had 77 wolves descended from animals introduced in Idaho. The status report says they are projected to increase at a rate of 7% a year, and the probability of a population failure is very low.

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