This year, the state of Oregon relisted wolves as endangered species after a federal court yielded to the demands of extreme environmental groups. This decision totally overlooks the fact that wolves prey on livestock, costing farmers and ranchers considerable valuable commodities. We can protect wildlife species while also looking out for Oregon’s agricultural communities, but all interests need to be part of the discussion. As governor, I will lead an effort to develop a common-sense approach to wildlife management and we will make our case to the courts.
Private property owners need to be at the table when decisions impacting their ability to earn a living are getting made. That is not happening.