Oregon’s Department of Fish and Wildlife has “lost its way” and the state’s plan for managing wolves has veered off course, according to leaders from 18 environmental nonprofit groups.The environmental coalition sent a letter to Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday asking her to be more involved in the agency’s affairs as it works to finalize a new version of the state’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, which advocates say is two years overdue.The letter comes one day after state officials confirmed two additional wolves from the Harl Butte pack in County will be killed after the state said the animals killed livestock. Last week, the state confirmed it killed two animals from the pack in response to ranchers’ concerns.”The Harl Butte situation again calls into question the effectiveness of killing wolves and demonstrates the need for clearer sideboards around what non-lethal actions must be attempted before trapping and shooting of wolves will be allowed,” the coalition said in the letter.

Source: Environmental groups decry ‘unnecessary’ killing of wolves, ask Gov. Brown to show leadership | OregonLive.com