Gov. Kate Brown is delinquent in her obligation to ensure wildlife in our state gets the protection it needs.
The long overdue update to Oregon’s wolf management plan once again represents the wishes of only livestock operators and hunters and is set to be approved by an agency whose allegiances to those special interests is painfully obvious and wholly inappropriate.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has again failed to facilitate a meaningful negotiation process that would result in a plan backed by science and support from the majority of citizens in our state — despite this mandate coming directly from Brown herself.
Instead, the latest plan revision includes provisions for more killing of wolves by livestock and wildlife managers and even opens the door to a private hunting season.
Scientific data clearly states none of these tactics are useful in managing the conflict between wolves and livestock, and yet ODFW Commission Chair Michael Finley and fellow commissioners seem unable to use logic and reason to make decisions.
That approach doesn’t fly for most people in their jobs, and it shouldn’t for the commissioners either.
It’s up to Brown to get control of this rogue agency, which is starting to feel just as corrupt as the Trump cabinet.
A governor who considers herself an ally in conservation and a voice for her constituents should do nothing less.