Oregon's wandering wolf now leader of a pack
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?

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/tween56/oregons-wandering-wolf-now-leader-pack/

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COMMENTS (169)
  • zane0421
    1/13/2015 - 11:29 a.m.

    I think it's good for people to start caring for animals especially for this first wolf pack in a long time. I hope these wolves can mate and grow there pack more.

  • abbyy-Eic
    1/13/2015 - 11:32 a.m.

    Who: State and Federal wildlife agencies protect a wolf pack in Organ
    What: The wolf pack is under protection
    When: Now
    Where: In Organ
    Why: Because the wolf pack has pups with them

  • MichaelGRed
    1/13/2015 - 11:58 a.m.

    Well i hope that the people will keep clear of the wolfs forever so that then the wolfs can return as long as they stay.I hope that they can keep on living.

  • connors-Fit
    1/13/2015 - 12:03 p.m.

    i think it was very difficult for people to trap OR-7 because when they tried to replace his collar, he was on the move. If the tried to replace the collar when his pack dens up, then it would be easier because he is stationed somewhere. I thought that this article was very interesting because OR-7 was alone in the wild after leaving his pack for so long. When he finally found a mate, it was a relief to know that he had someone. Also, I have always found wolves interesting so it was very cool to read about them.

  • JH2001skate
    1/13/2015 - 01:00 p.m.

    it was probably difficult to capture the wolf because he kept running away when they would get close. Probably because it thought the scientists would hurt him

  • JG2000soccer
    1/13/2015 - 01:02 p.m.

    It was difficult to capture the wolf because it hade a family and may have been scared that they were trying to hurt him and his family so he dint want anybody near them.

  • Svelazquez
    1/13/2015 - 01:10 p.m.

    It is interesting to know that that is one of the first packs of this certain wolf in a long time. The people who are trying to put GPS trackers on them should hold back a little because what parent, especially a wolf, wouldn't attack someone who seemed to be trying to hurt their family. Though it would be a good thing to be able to track the entire family.

  • AC2001curly
    1/13/2015 - 01:19 p.m.

    Why'd they name the wolf? Is he really that special? Where was the wolf planning on going. Wasn't that dangerous to be messing with a wolf? A wolf that wasn't known any time before now?

  • lanew-Eic
    1/13/2015 - 01:45 p.m.

    This is so cool I just wish they could have tracked him and then we could know where he is then we could see him.

  • lanew-Eic
    1/13/2015 - 01:45 p.m.

    This is so cool I just wish they could have tracked him and then we could know where he is then we could see him.

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