Wildlife biologists fitted a pair of young wolves from the Umatilla River pack with GPS collars after the animals were inadvertently trapped Oct. 26 in a forested area east of Weston.
Upon further review, the most recent confirmed case of livestock depredation by the Umatilla River wolf pack will not count as a “qualifying incident” toward lethal control of the predators.
A pair of Eastern Oregon wolf packs are nearing the threshold for lethal management as they continue to prey on livestock in Umatilla and Wallowa counties.
The Hanford cleanup has been hard on the area’s ecosystem, disturbing habitat and native vegetation that can be difficult to replant. But the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) have recently built two high-tech greenhouses and a field experiment station to cultivate plants that naturally grow around Hanford. They will be able to research and sprout seeds to revegetate formerly contaminated areas, like the Hanford Site and the Umatilla Chemical Depot.
The Northwest is now chemical weapons free. Workers at the Umatilla Chemical Depot in northeast Oregon have incinerated the very last of the chemical mustard agent stored there. The depot was once home to 3,717 tons of heavily guarded chemical agent in bombs, rockets and one-ton containers. Now, the sage-studded expanse sits empty.