Oregon's wandering wolf now leader of a pack This remote camera photo shows the wolf OR-7 on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in southwest Oregon's Cascade Mountains (AP photos)
Oregon's wandering wolf now leader of a pack
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Oregon's famous wandering wolf is officially the leader of his own pack. He is known as OR-7.

State and federal wildlife agencies gave the wolf the designation. They call OR-7, his mate and their pups the Rogue Pack. The name comes from the wolves' location in the Rogue River drainage in the Cascades. That's east of Medford.

It's the first pack in western Oregon. And it's the ninth in the state since wolves from Idaho started swimming across the Snake River. The animals first swam it in the 1990s.

As a youngster, OR-7 left his pack in northeastern Oregon in September 2011. He traveled thousands of miles across Oregon. Then he traveled back and forth into Northern California. He finally found a mate last winter. That was in the southern Cascades, on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

The GPS collar that tracked his travels is still working. But biologists hope to replace it.

Efforts to trap OR-7, his mate or one of the pups to put a tracking collar on them were not successful last fall. John Stephenson of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said they hope to have better luck this May. That's when the pack dens up for more pups.

Even if the GPS tracking collar fails, a separate unit on the collar emits a radio signal. It can be tracked by a directional antenna. That unit should continue working, Stephenson said.

Oregon could consider lifting state Endangered Species Act protections for wolves this year. Biologists must confirm that four or more packs produced pups. They must have survived through the end of the year. If the protections were lifted, it would not mean an end to protections. But it would give ranchers more options to deal with wolves that attack livestock.

OR-7 has continued to stay out of trouble as far as livestock are concerned.

Critical thinking challenge: What made it difficult to trap the wolf know as OR-7?

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COMMENTS (8)
  • KaylabST
    1/13/2015 - 10:42 a.m.

    The dog is very strong and brave if he went through all that trouble just to get a mate and a family. The dog was probably hard to catch because he is quite a strong dog to catch and wild wolfs are the hardest dogs to catch.

    • KalebP-Rei
      2/10/2015 - 11:39 a.m.

      I think the dog is also strong because they swam through a lake of snakes and when they put a tracking device on him but they had to use a second device to make sure they didn't lose the wolf called basically OR-7.

  • John0724-YYCA
    1/13/2015 - 07:58 p.m.

    WOW! The wolf known as OR-7 is really incredible because he left his pack when he was a youngster and traveled all around Oregon (which is really awesome) and now he is the leader of his own pack called the The Rogue Pack. Also OR- 7 finally found a mate last winter and they made pups but now they have to change the GPS collar on his neck but they failed. Well I don't know why these people are trying to know where the Rogue Pack is going because I think it is best for them to leave it alone. Also that wolf looks humongous compared to those other wolves out there because I thought that the wolf on the picture which is known OR-7 was a robot because of its size. CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION: What made it difficult to trap the wolf know as "OR-7?" ANSWER: I think it was difficult because may be they have to carefully trap them and maybe when they were trapping them they attacked the people that tried to capture it.

  • Eric-Mag
    1/15/2015 - 10:10 a.m.

    yes good good they are not easy too catch you got to play dead if you want too catch one

  • Zoe Carlton
    1/15/2015 - 01:10 p.m.

    I just chose to do this topic because of its name. Sometimes I wish my name was wandering wolf because it sounds like a really cool name.I don't really like wolfs because they seem kind of scary to me. It is probably exiting to some people who like wolves a lot. But it is not very important to me.

  • KalebP-Rei
    2/10/2015 - 11:33 a.m.

    The difficult of traping the wolf when they put the tracking collar on of them were not successful last fall also if the GPS collar fails they had a back up which was a separate unit on the collar emits a radio signal so they basically had a system that failed but they had a back up plan

  • AnthonyL-Saw
    4/27/2015 - 02:08 p.m.

    I like that wolf because it looks like my dog striper.

  • annabel1226-yyca
    6/01/2015 - 08:32 p.m.

    That is a wonderful idea to trap OR-7. But why do they have to put GPS on the wolf ? They could be free which they want to. We should let wild animals be free in the wild. Think like this if you are a animal do you want to be free or not free?

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