ADAIR VILLAGE — The Animal Liberation Front, recognized by the FBI as an eco-terrorism group, claimed responsibility on its website for cutting open bird pens last week at the E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area in an effort to release pheasants and quail into the wild.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, which manages the bird pens, reported that two of the damaged pens had been empty, and that the birds held in the other two damaged pens remained in their enclosures.

ODFW employees were alerted to the vandalism on Aug. 16 after a KEZI News reporter inquired about it, according to a report by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. The post on the Animal Liberation Front website claiming responsibility was reposted in an online magazine, which was anonymously emailed to KEZI.

The online post claiming responsibility said that on the night of Aug. 15, the culprits cut open two pens and then partially cut open two others when they were interrupted by a car pulling into the adjacent parking lot. They claimed that three ring-necked pheasants, one white pheasant and one mountain quail had a chance to escape.

“This action is no victory for those left behind,” the online post reads.

The culprit or culprits cut the chicken wire to the cages, causing about $50 in damage.

All of the birds that the agency receives, according to wildlife area associate Tracy Thompson, have either been irreparably injured in the wild or were pen-raised.

“They would have less than a 5 percent chance of surviving outside the pens in the wild,” she said.

She spoke of a turkey with a permanently damaged leg that would be easy prey for predators.

“The turkey was perfectly happy here to live out its life being pampered,” she said.

The number and types of birds kept at E.E. Wilson fluctuate, but the agency has taken care of pheasants, quail, chukars and turkeys, and usually has about 15 birds.

They are additionally used for educational purposes for visitors, Thompson said.

The Animal Liberation Front, according to the FBI’s website, is a loosely organized movement where people become members not by paying dues or filing paperwork but by engaging in “direct action” against those who are accused of abusing or exploiting animals.

An FBI agent from the Eugene office, which has jurisdiction over Benton, Coos, Douglas, and Lane counties, checked in with local investigators as a courtesy to let them know of the Animal Liberation Front’s acknowledgement of responsibility, Capt. Greg Ridler of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office said.

The FBI agent did not return a voicemail to talk about the case.

Reporter ​Canda Fuqua can be reached at 541-758-9548 or canda.fuqua@lee.net.

(12) comments

Loquay

If the ALF wants to do something useful, instead of targeting rescue birds (who are best left where they are) they should focus on the abominable conditions on corporate chicken farms. Now, there is suffering.

Austin
Austin

Just another typical loon group which is so prevalent in this "enlightened' community.

curious one

The ALF could go after pig farms as well. However, if they want to do some good, they could adopt and care for cats and dogs who need homes. They could also contribute to the feral cat coalition and help with the homeless pets on the streets. In short, they might try doing good vs. destruction.

Harry Mallory
Harry Mallory

From the article:
"All of the birds that the agency receives, according to wildlife area associate Tracy Thompson, have either been irreparably injured in the wild or were pen-raised.
“They would have less than a 5 percent chance of surviving outside the pens in the wild,” she said.
She spoke of a turkey with a permanently damaged leg that would be easy prey for predators. “The turkey was perfectly happy here to live out its life being pampered.”

Liberal/"Progressiveism" in a nut-shell. Rash acts based upon emotional self-projection rather than reason and rationality. here's your prize animal liberation cretins: dead animals, not saved animals.

Sensical
Sensical

Gotta love kooks. I need to find their email so I can send them the address to Heartland, so many poor puppies and kitties that need to be cut free from 'the man.'

gen14

How is the FBI at all involved in this case? Let the Sheriffs handle it. You can't claim terrorism about everything, especially $50 in chicken wire.

Snert

Quit blaming liberals for stuff like this. Most of us support rescue foundations like this one, not misguided morons who break the law to make their ill-informed point.

Harry Mallory
Harry Mallory

Nope. Liberals are fair game. The thinking behind "liberating" these birds is the same thinking behind bag bans, carbon taxes and socialized health care. The sooner you realize this the better.

Harry Mallory
Harry Mallory

I better expand on that. You see these "misguided morons" are no different from those who feel that they are the more rational liberals. Both groups believe themselves to be saving the world and working for the public good and must take rash action, often unilaterally without consulting others (where's that bag ban vote?) because it is they and only they who posses the proper amount of enlightenment and compassion. Today's misguided youth are tomorrow's democrat politicians. Oh, yeah...time to face the truth.

jstarr66

Harry Mallory, President, Liberal Liberator Front, Misguided Moron Division.

gkprice

NOW Snert ! the fact that you just suggested that there are no liberals that qualify as "misguided morons" strips away the last little bit of "credibility" you have !! NOW, to the issue at hand ..... maybe this "animal liberation front" should watch the coyotes and bobcats (not to mention the feral cats) tear apart the game birds right along with the song birds !! You want to talk about "misguided morons" ?? here's your sign .....

gkprice

gen14 - That's because Holder and Obama made domestic terrorism a federal crime idiot !! just like the "religious zealots", legal gun owners, "Constitutionalists", and so on

jstarr66 - THAT made no sense whatsoever ... are you a liberal by chance ???

Harry Mallory = COMMON SENSE !! !!

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