Wolf Program Updates
October 28, 2013
Young Umatilla River wolves collared after incidental capture
ODFW biologists radio-collared and released two young wolves in a forested area east of Weston, Ore. on Oct. 26.
The 55-pound male and a 50-pound female are both young-of-the-year members of the Umatilla River Pack in Umatilla County.
Both wolves were incidentally trapped on private land by a licensed trapper who was intending to trap coyotes. They were trapped at the same time in two separate foot-hold traps in close proximity. The trapper followed regulations and immediately reported the situation.
ODFW biologists were able to quickly respond and safely collar and release the wolves. The two wolves are the third and fourth incidental captures recorded in Oregon. In the two previous incidental captures, the trappers also reported the incidents and the wolves were safely released.
The Umatilla River wolves were fitted with lighter-weight GPS collars ideal for younger wolves. These types of collars collect fewer locations than regular GPS collars, but this pack already has a GPS-collared adult providing location data. The GPS collars on these younger wolves should prove most useful when the wolves disperse.
October 16, 2013
ODFW has confirmed a wolf depredation on a calf by the Snake River wolf pack (Wallowa County, Oregon), the first confirmed depredation by this pack.
A summary of the investigation (10/15 Wallowa County)
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