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Three Imnaha pack wolves collared

February 18, 2010


Imnaha male wolf

Russ Morgan, ODFW wolf coordinator, with the 97-pound male wolf collared Feb. 12.

Imnaha female wolf pup

Russ Morgan, ODFW wolf coordinator, with the female pup radio collared on Feb. 13.

ENTERPRISE, Ore.--ODFW staff collared three wolves from the Imnaha pack last week, which will help wildlife managers better track and understand the pack’s movements.

On Friday, Feb. 12, a 115-pound wolf believed to be the alpha male was fitted with a GPS collar, which allows ODFW to collect multiple locations of the wolf each day. A 97-pound male was fitted with a radio collar during the same operation and a 70-pound female pup was radio-collared on Saturday, Feb. 13.

“The wolves were in good body condition and the capture went well,” said Russ Morgan, ODFW wolf coordinator.

These wolves were all collared in the Imnaha Wildlife Management Unit and are part of the pack featured in a video taken Nov. 12, 2009 east of Joseph, Ore. Based on the evidence so far, Morgan believes this pack consists of 10 wolves, five of those pups.

Back in January 2008, the alpha female of this pack, B-300, was confirmed to be the first wolf to enter Oregon from Idaho since the early 2000s. She was captured and re-fitted with a working radio collar in July of last year, which helped ODFW find the three newly-collared members of the pack.

While the size of wolf packs can vary, breeding usually occurs only between the dominant or “alpha” male and female of the pack.

In addition to the Imnaha pack, ODFW continues to track a wolf pack in the Wenaha Wildlife Management Unit (also in Wallowa County). None of these wolves have been collared yet, but wildlife managers have repeatedly found sign (tracks and scat) from these animals and estimate there are four wolves in this pack.

The Imnaha and Wenaha packs are the only known wolf packs in Oregon, though ODFW continues to find evidence of individual wolves dispersing through the state.

Wolves in Oregon are protected by the state Endangered Species Act (ESA). West of Hwys 395/78/95, wolves are also protected by the federal ESA.

For more information on wolves in Oregon, visit




Michelle Dennehy (503) 947-6022 / (503) 931-2748
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