Activists Arrested At Oregon Wolf Kill Protest
Protesters locked themselves to the main entrance of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife headquarters in Salem. Photo by Chris Lehman
SALEM, Ore. - This was the sound of protesters at the Salem headquarters of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Tuesday. Animal rights activists blasted the agency's decision last week to kill two wolves.
The wolves are blamed for the death of a calf in eastern Oregon. Two members of the Portland Animal Defense League were arrested. They had connected themselves to the front doors of the building with bicycle locks around their necks.
The group's Tim Hitchens says the protest was aimed at ODFW managers.
"They have the power. They're the ones who have slated to murder these two wolves," Hitchens says. "They can stop the kill now. In this office right here, they can make the decision to stop the killing."
ODFW spokesman Roger Fuhrman says the decision to authorize the killing of the two wolves was not made lightly. The agency killed two wolves from the same pack in May.
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