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Desolation Pack

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)



April 21, 2021 – In 2020, the Desolation Pack produced at least three pups that survived to the end of the year and was counted as a breeding pair.


April 15, 2020 – In 2019, the radio-collared female from the previous Desolation Pair bred with a new male.  The Desolation Pack produced three pups that survived to the end of the year and was counted as a breeding pair.


April 8, 2019 – In 2018, OR53 was documented traveling with a collared female.  Later in the year, the female was documented with another wolf and OR53 was traveling alone.  This group was not counted as a pack or breeding pair in 2018.


April 12, 2018 – In 2017, OR53 travelled alone most of the year and was documented with another wolf at the end of 2017.


September 1, 2017 – OR53, an adult male, was collared in the spring in the Desolation Wildlife Management Unit.

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


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.


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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