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, OR-7, is officially the leader of his own pack.

State and federal wildlife agencies said they have designated OR-7, his mate and their pups the Rogue Pack, for their location in the Rogue River drainage in the Cascades east of Medford.

It's the first pack in western Oregon and the ninth in the state since wolves from Idaho started swimming the Snake River in the 1990s.

As a youngster, OR-7 left his pack in northeastern Oregon in September 2011. He traveled thousands of miles across Oregon and back and forth into Northern California before finding a mate last winter 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 this spring.

Efforts to trap OR-7, his mate or one of the pups to put a tracking collar on them were not successful last fall, said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist John Stephenson. They hope to have better luck this May, 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 that can be tracked by a directional antenna and should continue working, Stephenson said.

Oregon could consider lifting state Endangered Species Act protections for wolves this year if biologists confirm that four or more packs produced pups that survived through the end of the year. The earliest a proposal could go before the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission is April, said spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy. Delisting would not mean an end to protections for wolves, but would give ranchers more options for dealing with wolves that attack livestock.

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

Oregon's management plan calls for protections to continue for the Rogue Pack until there are four packs in western Oregon producing pups for three years running. Federal Endangered Species Act protection also remains in force in western Oregon and California.

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

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COMMENTS (24)
  • RM00charlie
    1/13/2015 - 12:58 p.m.

    what made it difficult to trap these wolves is that the pack is always moving miles and miles everyday without stopping really so they never know where and when they will be at a certain place

  • TF00Music
    1/13/2015 - 01:04 p.m.

    Since they've 'tagged' he wolf, the GPS tracker is working, but it keeps moving. It doesn't stay in a specific place. Also, they want to replace it so that they can get more information.

  • MikaylaStazewski-Ste
    1/13/2015 - 01:17 p.m.

    It appears to be that the Oregon wolf and his pack are no surprise to the reporter or to the town. I got the impression that the wolves walked close-by to citizens, but maybe not.

  • IM2000food
    1/13/2015 - 01:22 p.m.

    what made it difficult to trap the wolf know as ''Or-7 because of the navigation tracking thing and the wolf was still wondering. also there could of been more wolfs because he is known as or7 which means there could have been more.

  • TaylorHartman-Ste
    1/14/2015 - 01:26 p.m.

    I think that it is pretty neat to have this specific wolf named and everyone knows who he is. Also, I think wolves are beautiful creatures and should not be anywhere near the list of being able to hunt.

  • MadisonSch
    1/14/2015 - 01:43 p.m.

    It would be a cool site to see this wolf wandering around with its pack. You never see any wolves where I live,it would be a nice change to see a wolf.

  • joshh-Lam
    1/14/2015 - 05:41 p.m.

    It's literally a new meaning to lone wolf It's nice now that he has his own pack, but I've never heard of this wolf, and why did they name him or-7?

  • TreyvaunT
    1/15/2015 - 09:04 a.m.

    I could never walk thousands of miles for anything. I think it's cool to see how OR-7's life is going. I think it is interesting how he left his old pack, and made his own.

  • stevenm-Lam
    1/15/2015 - 03:39 p.m.

    The Wolves need to be protected even though they kill people's livestock. The wolves are still endangered species, and we need to protect them. Or-7 made its own pack and needs to keep it safe.

  • coltons-Lam
    1/15/2015 - 04:01 p.m.

    I like this article on wolves because I like wolves. It was a good article about the wolf in Oregon. You guys should look up how big a Timber wolf is-- they're huge!

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