Wolf Program Updates
July 17, 2014 New wolf activity, depredation in Chesnimnus Unit (Wallowa County)
ODFW has confirmed new wolf activity by previously unconfirmed wolves in the Chesnimnus Unit (Wallowa County). The finding was made last night when an investigation confirmed that a domestic calf was killed by wolves in the Cougar Creek Area, on national forest lands (Wallowa Whitman NF) approximately 30 miles north of Enterprise. ODFW had received irregular reports of wolf activity in this area but this is the first recent information showing evidence of resident activity by more than a single wolf.
At least two to three wolves were believed to be in the area where the calf was killed. These wolves are not believed to be part of any previously known wolf pack. ODFW is now working to gather more information on these new wolves, including determination of their reproductive status, and will attempt to radio-collar individual wolves in this group.
June 10, 2014 New Area of Known Wolf Activity – OR26, Unnamed Pack In Mt Emily Unit
A new Area of Known Wolf Activity has been designated by ODFW in the southern portion of the Mt. Emily Unit in Umatilla County. OR26 is a male wolf which was recently captured by ODFW biologists and fitted with a GPS collar. Initial data from this wolf indicates that he is paired and likely has pups, but further field surveys are needed to confirm. Repeated use of the area over a period of time indicates that wolves have become established and are not simply dispersing wolves. However, ODFW has little data regarding the specifics of this group.
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