Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Moves to Fight Wolf Lawsuit in Oregon

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Moves to Fight Wolf Lawsuit in Oregon

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

MISSOULA, Mont. –-( The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is seeking to defend the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s authority to manage and control wolves as part of a state-approved plan.

Oregon wildlife officials recently announced the agency would use lethal means to stop two wolves known to habitually kill livestock in Wallowa County.

Animal rights and wolf activist groups sued the state, claiming that any loss of wolves could cause “irreparable harm” to wolf recovery in Oregon. That argument was rejected in a previous lawsuit heard in a Montana federal court.

But an Oregon court granted a temporary stay to stop the search for the two wolves until the legal merits of the case can be considered.

RMEF has filed a motion to enter an amicus curiae brief opposing the plaintiff groups.

If the motion is granted, RMEF documents outlining the need for science-based, state-regulated wolf management will be considered as part of the court’s final ruling.

“Our organization has over 15,000 members in Oregon, including hunters, ranchers and other conservationists. Together we endorse the efforts of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to manage and control wolves alongside other wild species as part of an approved plan,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “We support the agency’s work to balance the needs of wildlife with the needs of citizens.”

RMEF attorneys also continue to respond to legal wrangling by animal rights and wolf activist groups seeking to foil management plans in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and the Great Lakes states. On Nov. 8, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, Calif., will hear arguments from RMEF and others as it considers a lawsuit alleging that Congress’ acted outside the Constitution when it delisted wolves in parts of the West.

In some areas, such as the northern Yellowstone in Montana and the Clearwater National Forest in Idaho, elk calf survival rates are now too low to sustain herds for the future.

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
RMEF is leading a conservation initiative that has protected or enhanced habitat on over 6 million acres–an area larger than Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Glacier, Yosemite, Rocky Mountain and Great Smoky Mountains national parks combined. RMEF also is a strong voice for hunters in access, wildlife management and conservation policy issues. RMEF members, partners and volunteers, working together as Team Elk, are making a difference all across elk country. Join us at or 800-CALL ELK.

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Mike Stickney

I'm sorry the comment from Erin Hunt was from a different article but the same lies are spewed from not only her but like comments from uninformed or rather lied to Katie Rose above.

Mike Stickney

Erin Hunt said above “So in Yellowstone national park when wolves returned, they kept the elk herds on the move. This prevented overgrazing which allowed willow and aspen trees to return and thrive. With the return of the willow and aspen, we saw a decrease of erosion in the stream beds in the river ecosystems in the park, which meant that song birds, fish, amphibians beavers and all sorts of other life could return to those areas,” said Hunt. What she or he fails to say is that since the introduction of wolves into Yellowstone the northern herd of elk… Read more »


The rancher's manage the grazing lands very well. The reason they do so is simple… if they over-graze, then the following year's production will drop. They take excellent care because when the grass yield is high, cows get more to eat and the calves grow bigger which results in the rancher getting a bit bigger paycheck at the end of the year. The wolves cause all kinds of problems. They chase and kill cattle (mostly calves) and cause a decrease in weight gain and fertility in the herd. They chase and kill elk and deer which causes them to gather… Read more »

Cathy Kaech

Oregon and Washington need to take a lesson from the devastation in Idaho. My husband and I were in Idaho recently in the Elk City area…no elk…but a whole lot of wolf scat.. Hunters, Ranchers, communities, and the economy of Idaho, have taken a horrible hit. We saw it for ourselves, we went and saw the reality of what people are talking about. We did not report from a high rise in Chicago as to why people in the West need to live with the costly, out of control, federal management of the wolf. Defenders of Wildlife, Oregon Wild, US… Read more »


THANK YOU RMEF!! figuring out what and where true conservation lives.

Billijo Beck

The Above Comment is Hog Wash…Wolves in Idaho have destroyed the Last 80 Years of Conservation. It's wolves Thirst for the Young. When you are Seeing Calf crops at an all time low, 3,5,7 Calves per 100 cows Rather then 25-30 calves per 100 cows. You Know you have a problem. The Elk herd Cannot sustain LIFE with that low of Calf numbers. Wolves are the Number 1 cause of Calf elk decline in the State of Idaho. It took 15 years to see the devastation that Idaho has seen due to this 1 species. The state has LOST about… Read more »


So, more predators of elk will equal more elk? Interesting conclusion but moronic.

Katie Rose

The elk populations are low because there haven't been any predators to control the herds and the land is overgrazed because of it. When the forests recover from overgrazing, the elk herds will recover, and then no one will have to be worried about "elk numbers". If that is, in fact, what they're all worried about. I think they're just scared of wolves, and in addition to that they don't understand the vital role wolves play in sustaining entire ecosystems. Even songbirds benefit from a healthy wolf population. And "healthy" isn't what currently exists in America anywhere, let alone in… Read more »