Property Rights

Cascadia Wildlands v. Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

Oregon properly withdrew special protected status for thriving wolf packs

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission removed the Canadian timber wolf subspecies of gray wolf from the state’s endangered species list in late 2015. Three environmentalist groups opposed this decision and sued to invalidate the delisting. On behalf of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association and the Oregon Farm Bureau Federation, PLF intervened in the lawsuit to support the state’s delisting on the grounds that the Canadian wolf is not native to Oregon and therefore cannot be listed under the Oregon Endangered Species Act, which protects only native species. Moreover, the state correctly chose not to consider the wolves’ presence in their historical range because it determined that the wolves would thrive in their current range.

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