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.

State and federal wildlife agencies said they have designated 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 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. He finally found 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. 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. It should continue working, Stephenson said.

Oregon could consider lifting state Endangered Species Act protections for wolves this year. That's if biologists confirm that four or more packs produced pups that survived through the end of the year. If the protections were lifted, it would not mean an end to protections for wolves. But it 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. That's 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 (169)
  • citlallis6503
    1/13/2015 - 10:52 a.m.

    No one better mess with this pack because since this is the first pack in a while, people are obviously going to go kill them and then we'll have no wolves again.

  • ChrisN0
    1/13/2015 - 10:53 a.m.

    A wolf has turned into the leader of the pack and is now known as OR-17. Scientists are attempting to trap the wolf known as OR-17 and they even put a tracking collar which can emit a radio wave that sends it to a radio tower.

  • lyndas705
    1/13/2015 - 10:57 a.m.

    I think it's cool how these people are working really hard to save such a dangerous animal. But I have a question, how does a wolf walk into town and no one gets frightened? Are the people there used to wolves walking in and out of town doing whatever they want?

  • taranjw315
    1/13/2015 - 11:06 a.m.

    That is a problem because the wolves have to eat to be able to produce offspring to keep the population flowing and to provide for themselves and their pups so they can stay alive.

  • taranjw315
    1/13/2015 - 11:07 a.m.

    That is a problem because the wolves have to eat to be able to produce offspring to keep the population flowing and to provide for themselves and their pups so they can stay alive.

  • Jamarion1028
    1/13/2015 - 11:08 a.m.

    They probably had a difficult time trying to catch them because they didn't wait tell they separated and got them one by one and, since they did it when all of them was together they all ran away

  • camh-Eic
    1/13/2015 - 11:21 a.m.

    I love wolves especially alpha wolves they are big and mean and tough and I have a wolf as a pet so no wonder I know all about wolves

  • camh-Eic
    1/13/2015 - 11:21 a.m.

    I love wolves especially alpha wolves they are big and mean and tough and I have a wolf as a pet so no wonder I know all about wolves

  • barbarat302
    1/13/2015 - 11:25 a.m.

    I think that is great that they are trying to save wolves, I think what made it difficult to trap the wolf known as OR-7 was that maybe he thought they were trying to hurt him and his family.

  • bradyng-Eic
    1/13/2015 - 11:28 a.m.

    That's kinda a problem because they have to be able to eat and have offspring to keep there population going considering wolves are having a less population.

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