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Wildlife officials confirm wolf pack in NE Oregon
pack that includes both adults and pups has been confirmed in
northeast Oregon in northern Union County, according to state
The finding, confirmed Friday, July 18, is the first evidence
of a pack and wolf reproduction in Oregon since wolves were
wiped out in the state back in the mid-1940s.
Wildlife biologists conducting a howling survey heard the
howls of at least two adults and two pups.
Signs of wolf activity have been observed in the area since
November and biologists have been conducting regular surveys
of the area since, according to the Oregon Department of Fish
State and federal biologists will continue to monitor the area
to try to determine how many wolves may be there. Biologist
may also attempt to capture and place radio collars on the
wolves to better monitor their activity.
Experts have long predicted that wolves from the Idaho
population would continue to cross into Oregon. Biologists
have been investigating evidence of wolves in northeast Oregon
for some time.
Officials from ODFW and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
reiterated that it is illegal to shoot a wolf. Any gray wolf
in Oregon is listed as an endangered species under both state
and federal law.
Wolves in the eastern third of Oregon were de-listed from the
federal Endangered Species Act in March, but U.S. District
Judge Donald Molloy granted a preliminary injunction on
Friday, July 18, that restored federal wolf protections.
Killing a protected animal is punishable by a fine of up to
$100,000, one year in jail, or both. Killing a wolf is also a
violation of Oregon state game law, with fines and penalties
that are assessed by the court.
Individuals who see a wolf, or suspect or discover wolf
activity are asked to immediately contact Russ Morgan, wolf
coordinator for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, at
541-963-2138; John Stephenson, wolf coordinator for the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service, at 541-786-3282; or the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service La Grande field office at 541-962-8584.
Wolf sightings can also be reported online through ODFW's wolf
website at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/Wolves/index.asp.
Thursday May 07, 2009 09:15 AM Pacific
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