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Oregon wildlife officials won't allow killing wolves

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OR28. A 72 lb yearling female wolf from the Mt. Emily pack was captured and GPS collared on 6/7/2014. Photo courtesy of ODFW. OR28. A 72 lb yearling female wolf from the Mt. Emily pack was captured and GPS collared on 6/7/2014. Photo courtesy of ODFW.
PENDLETON, OR (AP) -

Oregon wildlife officials won't allow people to kill wolves in the Mount Emily pack despite five confirmed attacks this summer.

The East Oregonian reports that the state wolf recovery plan would allow lethal control of the wolves because of their attacks on sheep and a guard dog, but the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife chose not to go in that direction.

At least seven sheep and the dog were killed in pack attacks in June and August. Jeremy Bingham of Utopia Land and Livestock formally requested permission to kill the animals he says are "massacring" his sheep.

But the department turned him down, saying non-lethal measures have worked since the last attack.

Bingham says he's followed the rules for years and called the wildlife officials "dishonest."

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