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Harrassment and Take of Wolves in Eastern / Delisted Oregon (pdf)
Areas of Known Wolf Activity
Harassment of Wolves
Caught-In-Act Lethal Take
Area of Depredating Wolves
ODFW Lethal Take
What is an “Area of Known Wolf Activity” and when/how is it designated?
An Area of Known Wolf Activity (AKWA) is an area which is designated by ODFW showing where resident wolves and/or packs have become established. AKWA designation is based on actual wolf data or information which is verified by ODFW, and not reports or other hearsay. AKWA’s are only designated in situations of repeated wolf use over a period of time. For example, a single photo or a set of tracks showing that a wolf may be traveling through an area would not be designated an AKWA.
When repeated wolf activity is established, ODFW will delineate AKWA boundaries using actual location data points. In situations where wolves are resident but location data is limited, ODFW will use a fixed circle of a size based on home range data from other packs. AKWA’s will periodically change as new information becomes available.
What does an AKWA mean to a livestock producer?
- ODFW coordinates with livestock producers within designated AKWA’s to discuss topics such as the Oregon Wolf Plan, current wolf management and conservation, how to recognize and report wolf activity, and appropriate non-lethal measures.
- Livestock producers within AKWA’s are encouraged to access the information associated with known wolves or packs.
Producers are encouraged to implement non-lethal measures which are designed to minimize conflicts between wolves and livestock.
Producers can haze or scare (by making loud noises for example) a wolf or wolves without a permit if:
- The wolf is testing, chasing, attempting to test/chase, or is in close proximity to livestock, and
- The actions do not harm or injure the wolf, and
- The encounter is unintentional (i.e., pursuit is not allowed)
In addition, on private land, injurious harassment of wolves (e.g. haze wolves in ways that could cause injury but not kill – this includes pursuit) is also allowed by producers on private land they own or lawfully occupy. In this situation, there can be no identified circumstance that attracts wolf-livestock conflict.
On public land, if depredation or other wolf-livestock conflict occurs, ODFW can permit livestock producers in the area to injuriously harass wolves (e.g. haze wolves in ways that could cause injury but not kill – this includes pursuit). Hazing permits will not be issued if there are identified circumstances which attract wolf-livestock conflict.
Any type of harassment should be reported to ODFW within 48 hrs.
Within this zone, livestock producers or their agent may take a wolf caught biting, wounding, killing, or chasing livestock or working dogs, without a permit, under the following circumstances:
- Wolf is in area of Oregon where it is not federally listed (currently, east of Hwys 395-78-95).
- Wolf is on land owned or lawfully occupied by livestock producer.
- No bait or other intentional actions to attract wolves are present.
- Any take of a wolf is reported to ODFW within 24 hours. The scene must be preserved and the carcass not removed or disturbed.
A livestock producer can allow an agent to take a wolf if written authorization procedures are followed. View the entire rule.
What is an “Area of Depredating Wolves” and when/how is it designated?
When ODFW confirms wolf depredation of livestock, though not required under OAR Phase II, an Area of Depredating Wolves (ADW) may be designated for the purpose of focusing non-lethal deterrent measures to minimize depredation. In some cases, the ADW may encompass the entire home range of a pack, but in others, it may only encompass a portion. Landowners and other livestock producers can determine if their land is within an ADW by viewing the map associated with depredating wolves (see below for maps). ADW’s may be modified periodically based on new information.
Currently designated ADWs
There are no ADWs currently designated
In situations of chronic livestock depredation, lethal take may be implemented by ODFW in certain circumstances under Oregon Administrative Rule OAR 635-110-0020. The following are some of the general conditions that must be met prior to ODFW authorizing lethal control:
- ODFW confirms at least two incidents of depredation in the area, or one confirmed depredation followed by three attempted depredations (testing or stalking) in the area.
- Property owner or permittee who requests lethal control must have documented unsuccessful attempts to solve the situation through non-lethal means,
- There can be no identified circumstance which attracts wolf-livestock conflict,
- The requester is in compliance with wolf protection laws and the conditions of any harassment or take permits,
- The situation of wolf depredation is likely to remain chronic despite the use of additional non-lethal conflict deterrence measures, and,
- The wolf or wolves identified for removal are those ODFW believes to be associated with the depredations, the removal of which ODFW believes will decrease the risk of chronic depredation.
There are no lethal control orders at this time.