likely lives on as pups caught on video near Fort Klamath
by Lee Juillerat, Herald and News
A trail camera
being used to monitor Rogue Pack wolves in the Wood River
Valley near Fort Klamath has captured a brief video of two
young wolves born earlier this year.
Dennehy, statewide communications coordinator for the Oregon
Department of Fish and Wildlife, said the brief recording,
which was released Monday afternoon, was made earlier this
month. The brief video shows two wolves born earlier this
year. “Hard to believe I know, but they have almost all of
their height and most of their length by 6 months old,” she
said. "They will still gain mass for a year or two.”
the pack has at least four juvenile wolves that were
probably born in April.
continued to monitor for wolves in the Rogue Pack area and
after going undetected during spring and summer, wolves were
seen in the Wood River Valley in Klamath County,” Dennehy
said. “We expect these young wolves were pups of the new
breeders of the Rogue Pack, though it’s also possible, but
unlikely, that two other wolves started a new pack in the
same area where wolves have been successful in the past.”
three wolves were documented in the 2020 count for the Rogue
Pack and one of them — the previous breeding female — was
discovered dead of natural causes earlier this year in the
Sky Lakes Wilderness Area. Dennehy said the dead wolf was
not the breeding female for the young wolves.
killing of livestock by other wolf packs has been frequent
in areas of northeastern Oregon, no livestock deaths were
attributed to the Rogue Pack until earlier this month.
a Wood River Valley ranch manager found a dead 500-pound
calf in a 150-acre grass pasture.
depredation, attributed to the Rogue Pack, was the first
reported this year in the region that includes Klamath and
Jackson counties. In 2020, the Rogue Pack was regarded the
deadliest in the western U.S. The Rogue Pack of gray wolves
gained notoriety because its patriarch was OR-7, also known
as Traveler, who has not been seen since 2019 and is
believed to haves died.
member of the Imnaha Pack in northeast Oregon, OR-7 was
electronically tracked during its wanderings throughout
Oregon and far Northern California while searching for a
mate. His former mate, who gave birth to a first litter of
pups in 2014, is denning with another male, according to ODF&W.
Since 2016, the
Rogue Pack has been responsible for more than 35 confirmed
kills, mostly on cattle grazing lands in the Fort Klamath
area and near Prospect in Jackson County.
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