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Jefferson County

Area of Known Wolf Activity

Jefferson County AKWA Map

Current Jefferson County map (pdf)

Previous Jefferson County maps: 4/14/2022

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. Wolves in Jefferson County are currently listed as endangered under the Federal Endangered Species Act, so all management related to harassment and take of wolves is regulated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, not ODFW.

Click on each wolf group for more information:


Metolius Timeline


April 18, 2023 – Two wolves were documented in the Metolius AKWA during 2022. No pups were observed, and the group was not designated as a breeding pair.


April 19, 2022 – A new AKWA has been designated in the Metolius wildlife management unit (Jefferson and Deschutes Counties).  Since August of 2021, there have been public reports of two wolves.  ODFW documented that the wolf use appeared to be resident, prompting the designation of the AKWA.  These two wolves were counted for the 2021 annual count.


Warm Springs Timeline


April 18, 2023 – The Warm Springs Pack produced two pups that survived until the end of the year and was documented as a breeding pair. 


September 12, 2022 – A new AKWA has been designated for the Warm Springs wolves.  Two wolves were first found in December 2021 by biologists of the Confederated Tribe of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.  After no sign for a while, two pups were caught on a trail camera in August, proving that wolves are still resident in the area.  If the group still has at least four wolves at the end of 2022, the group will be named the Warm Springs Pack.  All documented locations so far have been on the reservation.


White River

The White River wolves spend most of their time in Wasco County.  See Wasco County AKWA for more information.

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