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More wolves show up in Eastern Oregon
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has identified a new area of known wolf activity in the Murderers Creek Wildlife Unit of Eastern Oregon.
A gray wolf started to show up roughly a year ago. Torland said this was throughout the winter and then disappeared in the spring.
He said it started to show up more consistently from late July to early August this year. In late November, he said ODFW issued an “area of known wolf activity” for the gray wolf.
Torland said ODFW identified a pack of wolves in the Desolation Unit this year in March.
He said there are a pair of wolves in the Northside Unit. He said ODFW is not aware of the pair successfully raising a pup.
Torland said, if a pup survives through December, they consider it as part of the population of wolves in the area. He said ODFW assumes if the pup survived that long it will make it.
The agency counts the population from January through March, he said.
“So any wolves we count would meet those criteria of being recruited into the population,” he said.
Torland said ODFW’s official population count as of March was seven. With the agency’s recent designation at Murderers Creek, the unofficial count is now at eight.
He said he does not believe more wolves are in Northside, but he does think there might be more in Desolation.
According to ODFW’s website, an “Area of Known Wolf Activity” is an area designated by ODFW showing where resident wolves and packs have become established.
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