April 3, 2016
Death rained down on OR4 and his family from the ODFW helicopter-death-ships last Thursday, March 31, 2016. I can’t imagine the terror he felt along with his mate, OR39, nicknamed Limpy, due to a damaging leg injury. It was like shooting ducks in a barrel, an old wolf and his crippled mate with their two terrified pups, trying to evade bullets coming from the sky. To me they represent every wolf who has ever been senselessly killed for the sacred cow. Ranchers know wolves are a miniscule threat to their bottom line, the main killer of cattle is non-predation, the main predator of cattle are coyotes and domestic dogs. But facts don’t matter when it comes to wolves, they’re relentlessly demonized.
I can’t tell you the sadness I feel over this killing. OR4 was a symbol of everything I thought was right about wolves returning to Oregon…
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