Grant County ranchers last week got a glimpse of the future: living with wolves.
“We are in the process of sharing our wolves with the rest of the state,” Wallowa County Extension agent John Williams said at a Dec. 8 meeting in John Day.
The Grant County Stockgrowers invited Williams and rancher Todd Nash to relate their experiences from Wallowa County, Oregon’s primary portal for inmigrating wolves. The meeting drew about 60 people, mostly ranchers, to Keerins Hall on the fairgrounds in John Day.
Williams noted that the wolves that moved in from Idaho several years ago have been reproducing, and the 2- and 3-year-olds are dispersing to find new homes.
Unfortunately, he added, “the wolves we’re sharing, are wolves that have learned to kill livestock. And once they get a taste for it, that’s what they want.”