Recovery Options and Outlook

Recovery Outlook:

The outlook for wolf recovery in Oregon as well as other regions is in hopes to reach a healthy population distribution, habitat restoration, and a balanced ecosystem for this keystone species. Continuous action on limiting interactions with wolves and livestock to ensure fewer deaths from human interactions is a step towards this goal. Increasing state regulations under protection acts will provide possibilities for a rise in population for wolves. Reducing known threats to wolves will benefit towards the needed path to recovery in the population.

Options for Recovery:

Since the biggest threat to the wolf population are conflicts between wolves and humans, one of the main solutions to this problem is having wildlife organizations work with ranchers to find ways to keep wolves away from their livestock that is both safe for the wolves, the livestock, and the ranchers. This solution is a good option for the recovery of the wolf population because it does not put the lives of wolves at risk. If the wolves are no longer going to get federal protection, it would be up to the states and wildlife organizations to create laws and regulations that will protect the wolves from being hunted or trapped. These organizations can still advocate and oppose any federal or state bills that could potentially hurt the wolf population, which will help keep the wolves safe. Another option that has been proven successful is reintroducing other populations of gray wolves to regions in Oregon where gray wolves already exist. In the past, this method has successfully increased the number of wolves in an area. These are the best options for the recovery of the wolf population in Oregon. 

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