A female wolf from the Minam pack outside La Grande, Oregon, is shown after it was fitted with a tracking collar in 2013. The director of Oregon’s wildlife department has told the federal government the state agency supports the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to take the gray wolf off the endangered species list, drawing fire from conservation groups and an Oregon congressman. (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP, file)

A female wolf from the Minam pack outside La Grande, Oregon, is shown after it was fitted with a tracking collar in 2013. The director of Oregon’s wildlife department has told the federal government the state agency supports the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to take the gray wolf off the endangered species list, drawing fire from conservation groups and an Oregon congressman. (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP, file)

Rift exposed among Oregon leaders on wolf protections

The wolf issue exposed conflicting views on how much protection is needed for wolves.

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