The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission Friday adopted a framework that will guide the development of a Wolf Management Plan for Oregon .
The adopted framework has 13 main sections: wolf biology and ecology, wolf issues in Oregon , wolf conservation and management, wolf-domestic animal conflicts, wolf-human interactions, wolf-ungulate interactions, wolf interactions with other species, wolf-hunter/trapper interactions, research needs and priorities, information and education, evaluation and reporting, budget, and economic impacts.
The draft framework, or outline, was developed by the Commission-appointed Wolf Advisory Committee. The wolf committee will now use the framework as it works to draft the management plan. The next meeting is Monday and Tuesday near LaGrande.
The 14-member committee was appointed last year by the Fish and Wildlife Commission to help study all the issues surrounding wolves in Oregon and to recommend management actions that will be used once a permanent population establishes itself.
No wolves are confirmed to be in Oregon at this time. However, numerous unconfirmed sightings have been documented. Biologists expect wolves to enter Oregon from the expanding population in Idaho and eventually establish a permanent population in this state.