A Southern Oregon advocacy group has launched a GoFundMe fundraiser to build a fence to separate wolves and livestock.
As of Sunday KS Wild had raised $2,595 toward their $6,000 goal. The organization will pair the funds with additional funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Oregon Department of Agriculture to fund the full $45,000 cost of the 6 feet high fence.
A total of 60 people have donated.
“OR-7 was the first wolf in southern Oregon and California in nearly a century,” KS Wild wrote in the fundraising post. “The Rogue Pack was established by a female wolf from northeast Oregon and OR-7 after a 1,000 mile journey. This pack is the source of many of the wolves that are just now recovering on the west coast. We need this pack to be successful, and that means we need the local ranchers and wolves to co-exist.”
The Associated Press interviewed rancher Ted Birdseye who said that he has lost cattle to the wolves. He noted in that report that he had cared for wolf pups in the past, but wants to keep his family and animals safe.