"Occupy Oregon" for Cougars and Wolves?
The recovery of the gray wolf after its eradication from Yellowstone National Park, almost ninety years ago, demonstrates how crucial keystone species are to the long-term sustainability of the ecosystems they inhabit. But there are many who still regard keystone species, such as cougars and wolves, with hostility. Returning guests, Jayne Miller founder of Oregon Cougar Action Team and Rob Klavins of Oregon Wild are working to change those attitudes and help in the recovery of cougar and wolf populations here in Oregon. Miller hopes to re-introduce a bill in 2013 to the Oregon legislature called "License to Protect," because she feels that what was passed last year was so watered down, it was "unrecognizable. This month on the Recovery Zone, Miller and Klavins will have 60 minutes with host Stephanie Potter to talk about this bill and to discuss policies they hope to see implemented by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.