Walla Walla Area of Known Wolf Activity
February 25, 2014 – From the 2013 Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Annual Report
Walla Walla Pack: This pack was first discovered in 2011. The pack produced at least 5 pups that survived to the end of the year and was counted as a breeding pair. Three collared wolves dispersed during the 2012/2013 winter, leaving no radio-collared wolves in the pack. The pack has location data in Washington, but spent the majority of time and denned in Oregon; it counts in Oregon totals.
January 16, 2013 – The ending year-2012 wolf count for the Walla Walla pack is 6 and Walla Walla are a “breeding pair” for 2012. More information.
-Oregon Fish and Wildlife-
December 19, 2012 – OR16, a yearling from the Walla Walla pack, crosses the Snake River into Idaho. Dispersal of young wolves away from their natal pack into new areas is a normal part of wolf ecology and this is the second radio-collared wolf to disperse from Oregon into Idaho.
November 16, 2012 - OR16 belongs to Walla Walla Pack. Initial data from OR16 (radio-collared on 11/1/2012) shows that he is a Walla Walla pack wolf. Satellite downloads show him travelling with OR10, another yearling from the Walla Walla pack.
November 2, 2012 - OR16 radio-collared in Union County On Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 ODFW biologists radio-collared a new wolf (OR16) in the Wenaha Unit of Northeast Oregon (Union County). The 85-pound yearling male was captured north of Elgin in an area that wolves were not previously known to occur. The wolf was captured incidentally by USDA APHIS-Wildlife Services personnel. Each year, ODFW issues an Incidental Take Permit to Wildlife Services which contains provisions to minimize the risk of incidental captures and to protect wolves if incidentally captured. The permit requires close coordination between the two agencies and in this situation the result was a successfully collared wolf released in excellent health. It is unknown at this time if the wolf is part of any of the three known nearby packs (Wenaha, Walla Walla and Umatilla River) or if it represents new wolf activity. Biologists expect that the new GPS collar will soon provide that answer.
October 14, 2012– ODFW biologists re-captured OR10 from the Walla Walla Pack. The yearling female wolf weighed 73 lbs and was in excellent condition. She had been previously captured as a pup in October of 2011 and was fitted with a VHF telemetry collar at that time. On this capture her telemetry collar was replaced with a GPS collar, which will assist ODFW in gathering much needed location data on this pack.
September 10, 2012 – Pups for Walla Walla pack: ODFW confirmed pups for the Walla Walla Pack on Friday, Sept. 7 when ODFW monitoring cameras documented two black pups travelling with the pack in the upper Walla Walla River drainage. Though reproduction was expected for this pack, it had not been confirmed until Friday. The two radio-collared yearlings (OR10 and OR11) were also documented to still be with the pack. This brings the minimum known size of the Walla Walla pack to 10 wolves (8 adults, 2 pups). It also brings the known number of reproducing wolf packs in NE Oregon to six.
August 1, 2012 – Genetic test results show that the pups captured and collared last fall in the Walla Walla Pack (OR10 and OR11) are full siblings and are not closely related to any other Oregon wolves sampled to date.
|Gray-colored wolf from the Walla Walla pack. Image taken Aug. 11, 2011 by trail camera in Umatilla County.
- Photo by ODFW -
October, 2011–Two Walla Walla pups collared.
September 26, 2011 – Pups for Walla Walla pack.
August 11, 2011 – Trail camera footage captures images of two wolves from the Walla Walla pack in Umatilla County.
January 2011 – Track evidence confirms a new wolf pack in Oregon, the Walla Walla pack. Wildlife biologists are uncertain whether the wolves’ range is primarily Oregon or Washington.