"This latest news coming from Oregon brings to mind the recent study that examines a widely held theory that government-sanctioned killing of wolves helps to prevent poaching by making wolves more socially acceptable to people like frustrated ranchers," Maggie Howell, executive director of the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC), told The Dodo. "The paper ... shows that the opposite is true. State-sanctioned killing is more likely to increase poaching than reduce it."
Howell pointed out that since August, the ODFW has authorized killing 10 wolves in the interest of cattle ranchers, and last week it gave permission to ranchers to kill up to four wolves of the Harl Butte pack if they came onto the land occupied by livestock. "Any wolves of the pack — including pups," Howell said.