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SALEM — State fish and wildlife officials authorized the killing of six gray wolves in Eastern Oregon during the past six weeks, bringing relief to ranchers who lost livestock to the wolves and heartache and anger to conservationists who see the killings as inhumane and ineffective. 

The six wolves were caught with foothold traps and then shot by employees of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services division. They were killed in Union and Wallowa counties after praying on privately-owned livestock, according to Beth Quillian, a spokesperson for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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