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Desolation Wolf (OR53)

Area of Known Wolf Activity

Desolation AKWA

Current Desolation AKWA map (pdf)

Within Areas of Known Wolf Activity (AKWA) certain preventative measures are recommended to minimize wolf-livestock conflicts. Though not required, non-lethal measures are important to reduce depredation.  If depredation becomes chronic and lethal control become necessary, ODFW’s ability to lethally remove depredating wolves will be dependent on the extent that non-lethal measures have been used and documented.  Information about specific wolf-livestock conflicts can be found on the Wolf and Livestock Updates page.

Previous Desolation AKWA maps (for reference only – see above for current map)
      • 12/31/2015 (pdf)
      • 01/27/2015 (pdf)
      • 12/17/2014 (pdf)


Timeline

2017

September 1, 2017 – OR53, an adult male, was collared in the Spring in the Desolation Wildlife Management Unit. The data from his collar supports numerous wolf reports in the area.

April 10, 2017 The Desolation Unit was monitored throughout 2016. After March, only one wolf was observed in the area.

2016

March 4, 2016 – From the 2015 Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Annual Report

The Desolation pair was monitored throughout the year, no evidence of reproduction was observed.

2014

December 17, 2014 A new Area of Known Wolf Activity (AKWA) has been designated by ODFW in the northern portion of the Desolation Unit (Grant and Umatilla County). On December 15, 2014  tracks of two wolves were documented by ODFW biologists in this new area.  Irregular reports of wolf activity have been received over the past year in this general area of National Forest, and biologists documented two instances of a single wolf earlier in the year.  However, AKWAs are created where and when wolves have become established, meaning repeated use of an area over a period of time by wolves and not simply dispersal of wolves.

At this time, ODFW has little data regarding the specifics of this new pair (i.e., sex, breeding status, and specific use area) and additional surveys will be required to get this information.

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