Oregon wolves get reprieve from kill order

Oregon wolves get reprieve from kill order
In this May 3, 2009 photo provided by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Russ Morgan, ODFW wolf coordinator, is seen with a wolf as it recovers from anesthesia used during a radio-collaring effort. Conservation groups filed a lawsuit Thursday, July 1, 2010 in U.S. District Court in Portland, Ore., seeking to stop a kill order on two wolves in Northeastern Oregon blamed for killing cattle. (AP Photo/Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Conservation groups say they have an agreement with the federal government to hold off on plans to kill two wolves blamed for killing cattle in northeastern Oregon.

Noah Greenwald of the Center for Biological Diversity said Friday that attorneys for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services agency have agreed to suspend the kill order through July while a federal judge considers a request for an injunction.

After six cattle in Wallowa County were confirmed victims of wolf attacks last spring, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife gave Wildlife Services authority to kill two wolves from the Imnaha pack in hopes of discouraging them from attacking livestock.

There was no immediate comment from Wildlife Services.


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