November 2, 2016:
California Department of Fish & Wildllife has confirmed the presence of two gray wolves in Lassen County
. DNA samples confirm that the male is a two-year old who dispersed from the Rogue Pack. The female is not genetically related to wolves from Oregon, which is great news for the gene pool and genetic diversity.
OR-17 with a 2013 pup of the Imnaha pack. Photo by ODFW.
August 4, 2016: OR-33 continues to inhabit the areas of SE Jackson and SW Klamath counties. This is the same area inhabited by the Keno pair. OR33 is still traveling solo, so it is likely he’ll head to another area in search of a mate.
July 28, 2016:
Summer pup surveys done by ODFW and USFWS have shown at least two pups for the Rogue Pack caught on trail cameras
In addition, it has been revealed that OR-28, a three year old female who dispersed from the Mt. Emily Pack has paired up with OR-3, an eight year old male from the Imnaha Pack in 2011. It is believed they produced one pup this year.
July 21 , 2016:
Since January 2016, two wolves have been photographed occasionally in the area previously used by the Umatilla River Pack. In late June, reproduction was confirmed via remote camera photographs of two pups. The AKWA map
shows the area typically used by wolves north of the Umatilla River where they are confined by geographic features and established neighboring wolf packs. Biologists will continue monitoring activities to learn more about these wolves.
July 21, 2016: In early March 2016, four wolves were found within the traditional Imnaha Pack wintering area. A 10-month-old pup was radio-collared and released. That wolf dispersed from the area in mid-April. DNA analysis showed that the wolf was not related to any Imnaha Pack wolves, likely indicating that a new group of wolves were using the area. What is now believed to be the entire Imnaha Pack was removed in late March 2016 in response to chronic depredation. As of July, resident wolf activity has been documented again in the area. Biologists will continue monitoring activities to learn more about these wolves.
June 28, 2016: Since May 2016, radio-collar locations show OR-30 primarily using a large area in the Starkey and Ukiah Units that he also frequented in summer 2015. He also infrequently visits the Mt Emily Unit and is believed to be alone.
Updated scat analysis
on the Shasta Pack in California reveals that both the breeding male and female were born into the Imnaha Pack in NE Oregon. The pack also consists of one female and three male pups.
May 2, 2016:
Cascadia Wildlands files an ethics complaint
to the Oregon Government Ethics Commission alleging false statements and misrepresentations by state legislators which led to the passage of HB4040. This bill legislatively removes gray wolves from the state endangered species list.
May 2, 2016: OR-33 is tracked by USFWS to be near La Pine in central Oregon. He dispersed from the Imnaha Pack in November 2015 and has since traveled though 13 counties in Oregon.
April 26, 2016:
OR-37, an adult male, was radio collared in January 2016. He crossed the Snake River to Idaho within 3 weeks, and later returned to Oregon at the end of March. He has since used the area shown on the AKWA map
and appears to be alone.
April 12, 2016: Guest editorial
by scientist, Adrian Treves, in Eugene Register-Guard that criticizes ODFW delisting decision.
April 5, 2016:
OR-7, whose radio collar died in 2015, is seen on a trail camera
for the first time since last year in a remote area of Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest.
April 1, 2016: OR-29 and OR-36 have been traveling together since February, 2016. OR-29 is a radio-collared male that dispersed from the Meacham pack in December 2015. OR-36 is a radio-collared female collared in the neighboring South Snake pack, who appears to have dispersed also.
Walla Walla pack wolf in 2014. Photo by ODFW.
March 31, 2016: ODFW guns down four members of the Imnaha Pack for livestock depredation: OR-4, the alpha male of the pack and the father of OR-7 (Journey), OR-39, the likely pregnant alpha female of the pack, along with two of their yearling offspring. Four members of the pack remain. OR-4 was instrumental in wolf recovery in Oregon. He and his original mate, OR-2, created what became known as the Imnaha pack back in 2008. Since then he has fathered countless pups, all of whom inherited his strong, tenacious and vibrant genes.
about killing of Imnaha pack in relation to state wolf plan.
Oregon State Police continue to investigate wolf poaching cases
from 2015. [OR-34 was shot in Sept. 2015 and OR-31 was shot in December 2015]
Gov. Kate Brown signs HB4040 making the ODFW delisting decision a state law and preventing the lawsuit brought against ODFW from proceeding. Guest editorial
in response published in the Eugene Register-Guard.
February 29, 2016:
Annual ODFW Wolf Report for 2015 released today shows 110 known wolves in the state comprised of 12 packs, four pairs of wolves traveling together and four individual wolves. Eleven successful breeding pairs had at least 35 known pups that survived through the end of 2015. [A breeding pair is considered to be adult make and female with at least two pups that survive to the end of the year that they were born.] A copy of the ODFW report can be viewed here
Feb. 3, 2016:
Cascadia Wildlands and allies file a lawsuit
challenging the legality of the federal wildlife-killing program, Wildlife Services, in any future attempts to kill Oregon’s remaining wolves.
February 2016: Oregon State legislature passes HB4040
, a shocking move that ratifies into law the ODFW delisting decision and sets dangerous precedent by removing the public’s right to demand accountability of state agencies.
February 2016: OR-33, a two-year old male who dispersed from the Imnaha Pack last month, is now in Klamath County. He seems to be traveling solo and since dispersing has made his way west into the Columbia Gorge, south into the Ochoco Mountains, moving through Fort Rock Valley and then heading south to the east side of the Cascades in Klamath County.
January 7. 2016: OR-25
who dispersed from the Imnaha Pack in March of 2015 is documented in Modoc County, California.
In late 2015, OR-28, a 2 year-old female from the Mt. Emily Pack dispersed to Umatilla County and then traveled on to the area of Klamath and Lake Counties. There is evidence of another wolf using this area. [To see a map of wolf territories in Oregon, see page 7 of the 2015 ODFW Wolf Report]
January 2016: ODFW has designated the Shamrock Pack in NE Oregon, originally called the Chesnimnus Pair. OR-23, a female from the Umatilla River Pack, and a male wolf produced three pups that survived through 2015.
December 23, 2015: OR-31, a yearling of the Mt. Emily Pack, is shot by a poacher near the boundary of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
A legal challenge
has been filed by Cascadia Wildlands, Center for Biological Diversity and Oregon Wild to contest the removal of state endangered species protections for gray wolves by the ODFW Commission in November. The suit states that the decision was not based on verifiable, best available science and that Oregon’s wolves are not recovered and thus, it is too soon to remove protections.
December 2015: OR-28
has been detected in Lake County. She spent time in Klamath County last month.
Another wolf is in the same area as OR-28, a two-year old female from the Mt. Emily Pack in Umatilla County, as documented by this ODFW trail camera
November 10, 2015:
The ODFW Commission votes 4-2 to remove endangered species protections
for Oregon’s wolves. Commissioners Greg Wolley and Laura Anderson are the only ones to vote against the delisting. Over 90% of public comments submitted were overwhelmingly in favor of maintaining protections. More than twenty wildlife scientists submitted extensive testimony
; all stating that removing protections would be premature.
October 29, 2015: Scientists slam
Oregon’s ‘fundamentally flawed’ proposal to strip wolves of state endangered species protections.
October 28, 2015:
OR-7’s radio collar
is no longer functioning.
October 9, 2015: Thousands of people submit written testimony, many show up in person to testify and more than twenty scientists submit detailed testimony at the ODFW Commission hearing to express their outrage at the possible delisting of wolves from the state endangered species list.
October 2015: Scat analysis
reveals that the alpha female of the Shasta Pack in northern California dispersed from the Imnaha Pack.
October 2015: OR-22 was shot by a hunter who believed the radio-collared animal with ear tags was a coyote. The hunter turned himself in and was later fined, ordered to pay restitution and forfeit his rifle to the state.
October 2015: OR-3
, one of the brothers of OR-7 who dispersed from the Imnaha Pack in May 2011, has been documented in Central Oregon. He had not been seen since his dispersal.
September 2015: OR-34, a female from the Walla Walla Pack, is shot by a poacher.
California is home to its first wolf pack in over 90 years! Named the Shasta Pack
, they are comprised of two adults and five pups. These wolves dispersed from Oregon and are living proof that wolves are returning to their historic ranges.
August 2015: OR-25
is now in Klamath County. He dispersed from the Imnaha Pack in March this year. He is covering a lot of ground, as is common for dispersing wolves.
A trail camera/video from USFWF and ODFW show the yearling pups of the Rogue Pack
playing. This brings the Rogue Pack to at least seven wolves, including five pups, OR-7 and his mate.
Cascadia Wildlands and Western Environmental Law Center file a Freedom of Information Act request
to see all Forest Service plans for protecting wolves while selling off timber and building roads in Oregon and Washington’s national forests.
April, 2015: OR- 25
, a two-year old male, who dispersed from the Imnaha Pack last month is documented in southern Washington and then on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.
Annual 2014 ODFW Wolf Report released this month shows 77 known wolves in the state comprised of nine packs, five pairs traveling together, and two individual wolves. There are eight documented breeding pairs that had 26 known pups that survived through the end of 2014. A copy of the ODFW report can be viewed here
January 28, 2015: ODFW announces it is moving into Phase II of the Wolf Management Plan in the eastern portion of Oregon when state wildlife biologists confirm there are seven breeding pairs in Oregon in 2014. This means livestock producers have more management flexibility in dealing with wolf-livestock conflict.
January 2015: OR-7, his mate and almost yearling pups, three of whom survived the winter, have now been named the Rogue Pack.
Wolves continue to be federally protected west of Oregon highways 395/78/95. Wolves east of this designated federal protection area are still protected under Oregon’s state Endangered Species Act. The state Wolf Plan sets a conservation population objective of four breeding pairs for three consecutive years in eastern Oregon. This is the first year this objective has been reached and thus entry into Phase 2 of the Wolf Plan begins. To review the Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, click here
By end of the year, nine packs are documented, eight in NE Oregon and one in SW Oregon) and includes two recently formed packs, the Meacham and Rogue Packs. Six new pairs of wolves were documented this year with a minimum total population estimated to be 77 wolves.
September 2014: Genetic testing on scat samples reveal that OR-7’s mate likely comes from either the Snake River or Minam Pack.
It has been confirmed that OR-7 not only has a mate, but they have had their first litter of pups! The images
via trail camera show OR-7, his mate and two pups. They are the first known wolves breeding in the Oregon Cascades in almost a century.
May 14, 2014:
CBC Radio interview
with John Stephenson, ODFW wolf biologist about OR-7, his mate and probable pups.
May 2014: This marks the third year in a row that ODFW has not killed any wolves for livestock depredation.
May 2014: After traveling thousands of miles since his dispersal from the Imnaha Pack in December 2011, making his way into California and back up into Oregon, it appears that OR-7 may have found a mate. Trail cameras reveal a second wolf in the area where OR-7 is living. It was confirmed that she is female when the camera caught her squatting to pee.
The Wolf Conservation and Management Report is released by ODFW. Annual report for 2013 shows 64 known wolves in the state comprised of eight packs, four of whom include breeding pairs, and including two new packs (Mt. Emily and an unnamed pack in the Catherine Creek/Keating WMU). All packs are located in the far NE corner of the state. A copy of the 2013 ODFW report can be viewed here
December 31, 2013: At the end of year, ODFW determines that there are seven packs, of which four are breeding pairs, plus three individual wolves, accounting for an approximate increase of 15 wolves in the overall population in the state.
December 2013: Based on information from his radio collar, OR-7 took a day trip into northern California and then returned to Oregon.
August 30, 2013: Conflict Deterrence Plan
released for the Umatilla River Pack. Under new wolf management rules, ODFW and livestock producers are required to develop and publicly disclose Conflict Deterrence Plans in Areas of Depredating Wolves.
July 30, 2013: There are two documented pups for the Mt. Emily Pack. As of today, there are pups confirmed in the Imnaha, Minam, Mt. Emily, Snake River, Umatilla River, Walla Walla and Wenaha Packs!
July 2013: ODFW officially passes the new administrative rules that amend the management of wolves in Oregon.
May 30, 2013: It is determined that the cause of death of OR-19 is complications related to canine parvovirus. This disease is common amongst domestic dogs, but can also affect coyotes, foxes and wolves. It is the first documented case of parvovirus in Oregon wolves.
May 28, 2013:
In relation to the court-ordered stay issued by the Oregon Court of Appeals in October 2011, administrative rule changes in the Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan have been agreed upon. During 2012, all parties (ODFW, Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, Cascadia Wildlands, Oregon Wild, and the Center for Biological Diversity) were in negotiations on changes to rules
in regards to lethal control of wolves.
The rule changes included agreement on the following (CBD withdrew from negotiations in fall of 2012):
1. Before ODFW can employ lethal controls, it must confirm four qualifying incidents within a six-month period.
2. Requires the development and public disclosure of wolf-livestock conflict deterrence plans that can be implemented by livestock producers.
3. Requires that these non-lethal measures be implemented prior to a depredation in order for the depredation incident to qualify for lethal control.
4. Adds a rule that any ODFW lethal control decision lasts for a 45 day period.
Rules changes in their entirety can be read here
May 19, 2013: OR-19, a female from the Wenaha Pack who had been collared six days previously, is found dead of unknown cause.
March 2013: OR-7 returns to Oregon from California and is seen in Jackson County.
Annual ODFW Wolf Report for 2012 released this month shows 46 known wolves in the state comprised of one non-breeding pair, two individuals and six packs that produced at least 22 pups that survived through the end of 2012. All packs are living in the far NE corner of the state. A copy of the 2012 ODFW report can be viewed here
In addition, the Wenaha Pack now have seven documented pups. The Umatilla Pair have at least two pups, which makes them an official pack now.