Help Stop Raven Killing in Eastern Oregon

In 2019, Bird Alliance of Oregon activists played a key role in stopping the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) from using eggs baited with poison to kill Ravens in Baker County in Eastern Oregon. Unfortunately, ODFW has once again applied to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife for permits that would allow the agency to kill up to 800 Ravens in Baker County. This proposal has many of the same flaws as the 2019 proposal. We need your help to send a strong message to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that the permit should be denied.

ODFW says that killing Ravens is necessary in order to protect Sage-Grouse nests from predation by Ravens. However, despite years of research, ODFW has not documented a single case of a Raven preying on a Greater Sage-Grouse nest in Baker County.

A photo of a Common Raven standing on the ground. Its body is facing the camera and its head is turned to the side.
Common Raven, by Audrey Addison

Take Action

We need your help to send a strong message to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reject ODFW’s permit application and to select the “No Action” alternative or “Alternative 2” which allows removal of eggs/nests but not killing of adult Ravens.

*Comments are due by the end of the day on February 8, 2021.

Submit Comments Here:

Photo by Scott Carpenter

Bird Alliance of Oregon is deeply concerned about sage-grouse declines in Baker County and across the west. We have worked for decades to recover declining sage-grouse populations and serve on Oregon’s collaborative “SageCon” Partnership which developed the Oregon sage-grouse Action Plan.  However, poisoning ravens in Eastern Oregon is yet another example of wildlife agencies scapegoating one species for the decline of another while failing to adequately address the primary human causes for that decline. 

Key Talking Points

  1. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should reject ODFW’s preferred Alternative 3 which would allow it to kill up to 800 adult ravens in Baker County. Instead USFWS should select Alternatives 1 (no action) or Alternative 2 (nest manipulation). Neither of these alternatives will result in the death of live Ravens.
  2. ODFW has not presented a sound scientific basis for killing adult ravens in Baker County. They have not documented a single incident of raven predation on sage-grouse nests in Baker County despite years and years of intense research.
  3. ODFWs proposal to place as many as 3,200 poisoned eggs out on the landscape to kill 800 adult ravens will put non-target wildlife at risk. The proposed lethal control is also inhumane. Poisoned ravens will die a slow death due to renal failure.  State and federal agencies should not be scattering poisoned eggs across Oregon’s landscape.
  4. The agencies should focus their efforts to protect sage-grouse on documented problems such as habitat loss, wildfire and a 4,918 off road vehicle area that sits on public lands within the designated Sage-grouse priority Area for Conservation (PAC)

Please tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to select the “no action” alternative or “Alternative 2” and reject ODFWs application to kill adult Ravens in Baker County. Please also personalize this letter with your own words—unique letters have more impact!