Oregon was not able to use the same arguments as Montana did to control their wolves. A lawsuit filed by animal rights and wolf activists brought the state's control of the wolf population to a halt, until more research is conducted. Oregon was seeking to kill two known wolves that were responsible for killing cattle. In the lawsuit, wolf activists claim that killing the wolves could cause "irreparable harm" to the wolf population recovery of Oregon. This argument had been rejected in Montana, but in Oregon it did stop the search, until the legal merit could be looked at.
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation steps into the story now, backing up Oregon. RMEF has filed a motion to enter an amicus curiae brief opposing the plaintiff groups. If the motion is granted, RMEF documents outlining the need for science-based, state-regulated wolf management will be considered as part of the court’s final ruling.
RMEF has 15,000 Oregon members that are hunters and ranchers, as well as conservationists, and all believe that the wolf population needs to be managed by the state.
RMEF has attorneys actively working with other states where wolf activists are trying to stop the wolf hunts and management plans of the states. From Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation .