LA GRANDE — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife extended the permit for lethal removal of one wolf in the the Mount Emily Unit, according to a press release from the state.

The lethal take permit was set to expire on Monday, Nov. 22, but has been extended through Friday, Dec. 3.

The permit authorizes a livestock producer to remove one wolf from the OR30 wolves in the Mount Emily Unit. The producer is actively removing livestock from their pastures for the season and needs additional time to search canyons and timber. The producer has continued to use nonlethal measures since their permit was issued Oct. 28, a measure that will continue.

Since early June, OR30 wolves have depredated six times on private land pastures, resulting in the death or injury of five sheep and five calves. A previous removal permit for these wolves to a different producer expired on Aug. 31 with no wolves taken.

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