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OSP investigates wolf killed by elk hunter - Union County
« on: November 02, 2017, 12:04:02 PM »
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OSP investigates wolf killed by elk hunter - Union County

 OSP Fish and Wildlife Trooper and an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Biologist responded to the report of an elk hunter, who had self-reported shooting a wolf in Union County. The two responded to the hunter's camp in the Starkey Wildlife Management Unit.

The hunter, a 38-year-old male, from Clackamas, told the trooper he had been hunting elk alone, when he repeatedly noticed some type of animal moving around him. A short time later, the hunter observed three of what he assumed would be coyotes. He said at one point one of them began to run directly at him, while another made its way around him.

The hunter stated he focused on the one running directly at him. He began to scream at it, and fearing for his life shot it one time. He said what he still believed to be a coyote died from the single shot. He stated that after the shot the other two disappeared out of sight.

The hunter said he returned to his camp and told fellow hunters what had occurred. He said he was still uncertain if what he shot was a coyote. He said they returned to the location and came to the conclusion it was a wolf. The hunter then notified ODFW and OSP.

Further investigation at the site of the shooting indicated the hunter was 27 yards from where he shot and where the wolf died. The wolf was seized and later released to ODFW for examination. The Union County District Attorney's Office was consulted regarding the investigation and based upon the available evidence the case will not be prosecuted as this is believed to be an incidence of self-defense.

It is unlawful to kill a wolf in Oregon, except in defense of human life (and in certain instances involving wolf depredation of livestock).

According to ODFW, this incident marks the first time that a wolf has been reported shot in self-defense in Oregon since they began returning to the state in the late 1990s.

ODFW examined the wolf shot and determined it was an 83-pound female associated with the OR30 pair of wolves occupying the Starkey and Ukiah WMUs in northeast Oregon (Union and Umatilla Counties). Initial examination does not indicate that the wolf was a breeding female, but the wolf's DNA will be analyzed to confirm this.

"Dangerous encounters between wolves and people are rare, as are such encounters between people and cougars, bears and coyotes," said Roblyn Brown, ODFW Acting Wolf Coordinator. "They will usually avoid humans and leave the area when they see, hear, or smell people close by. If you see a wolf or any other animal and are concerned about your safety, make sure it knows you are nearby by talking or yelling to alert it to your presence. If you are carrying a firearm, you can fire a warning shot into the ground."

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Re: OSP investigates wolf killed by elk hunter - Union County
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2017, 12:46:49 PM »

Good on the hunter to report it.

Nice to see comon sense prevailed and no charges

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Re: OSP investigates wolf killed by elk hunter - Union County
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2017, 12:52:14 PM »
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If you are carrying a firearm, you can fire a warning shot into the ground

or do like this elk hunter did and fire a bullet right into the wolf.  Way to go!  :tup:
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Re: OSP investigates wolf killed by elk hunter - Union County
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2017, 01:10:35 PM »
Because it didn't successfully attack and bite him, it won't be classified as an attack.  Then the greenies can keep pushing their lie about how wolves are harmless because no attacks.

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Re: OSP investigates wolf killed by elk hunter - Union County
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2017, 01:12:30 PM »
I'll make sure to let it gnaw on my leg a while next time so it'll be an attack


or not  :chuckle:

They'll find someone less prepared than that elk hunter eventually

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Re: OSP investigates wolf killed by elk hunter - Union County
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2017, 01:19:07 PM »
I'm guessing the elk there were very spooky and running from every little leaf drop.

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Re: OSP investigates wolf killed by elk hunter - Union County
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2017, 06:41:49 PM »
Sounds like he did everything right :tup:

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Re: OSP investigates wolf killed by elk hunter - Union County
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2017, 08:35:09 AM »

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Re: OSP investigates wolf killed by elk hunter - Union County
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2017, 10:12:13 AM »
A hunter shot and killed a wolf in Union County, claiming self-defense

http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2017/11/hunter_shot_and_killed_a_wolf.html#incart_most-read_

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Yeah.  He was in great danger from an animal thirty yards away from him.  Wolf might have been carrying.  Had to shoot first.

This is a load of total crap.  Bored hunter, sees wolves, kills one and goes back to camp to brag only to be informed that he is up for a several thousand dollar fine and other hunters probably know their camp and can ID them.  So he calls in ODFW with his concocted self defense claim.  State cannot prove otherwise BRD, so there you go.

The "Big strong hunter man" saved himself from certain death by shooting himself a wolf.  Congrats.
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Re: OSP investigates wolf killed by elk hunter - Union County
« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2017, 11:54:40 AM »
Buy this man a beer.

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Re: OSP investigates wolf killed by elk hunter - Union County
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2017, 01:04:59 PM »
Same thing happened to a neighbor of mine here in WA about 2 years ago. WDFW investigated to confirm his claims, he told me it scared the dickens out of him, he shot at the wolf in mid air as it sprung at him! What if you hadn't seen the wolf? :yike:
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Re: OSP investigates wolf killed by elk hunter - Union County
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Re: OSP investigates wolf killed by elk hunter - Union County
« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2017, 11:21:07 AM »
He did exactly what he should have done AND reported it. I don't believe the wolf was collared, so he certainly could've walked away and no one would've been the wiser. I'm glad ODFW and the OSP are using common sense.
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Re: OSP investigates wolf killed by elk hunter - Union County
« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2017, 11:36:19 AM »
So all I do to do is say they were coming right at me.  :chuckle:

 

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