gray wolf

JeffX | May 11, 2015 | 8:30
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Mon May 11, 2015

Oregon's Wolf Plans Considered

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The fate of the gray wolf stands in sharp contrast to that of the northern spotted owl. 

While conservation groups seek to move the owl from threatened to endangered, the gray wolf could move in the other direction. 

But are a few dozen wolves in Oregon enough to consider a stable population?  Under the current rules, yes. 

Russ Morgan is the Wolf Coordinator for Oregon Fish & Wildlife

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JeffX | March 2, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon March 2, 2015

The New Wolf Census: 77

OR-7, Western Oregon's first resident wolf in modern times.
Credit Oregon Fish & Wildlife

The latest gray wolf census just arrived in Oregon, and it shows exactly what scientists expected: more wolves. 

At an estimated minimum census of 77, it's not like there are wolves in every backyard. 

But the number is enough to concern livestock owners, yet still low enough that groups like Oregon Wild want wolf protections to continue. 

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JeffX | February 4, 2015 | 8:00
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Wed February 4, 2015

Jackson County Considers Wolf Damage Payments

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Not so long ago, there were no wild wolves in Jackson County.  There are still fewer than a dozen, say wildlife officials. 

But Jackson County commissioners are considering setting up a system to compensate ranchers for livestock losses to wolves. 

Rob Klavins at the group Oregon Wild is experienced with such systems from his work on wolf recovery in Northeast Oregon. 

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JeffX | February 2, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon February 2, 2015

More Wolves, Fewer Restrictions In Oregon

Credit Oregon State University

OR-7 is a trailblazing wolf.  Now other wolves have followed him from Northeast Oregon to establish new home territories in our part of the country. 

In fact, there are enough wolves in Eastern Oregon now (7 breeding pairs) for the state to change wolf protections. 

Cascadia Wildlands and other groups continue to push for wolf protection. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 9, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue September 9, 2014

OR-7 And Future Management Plans

Credit Oregon Fish & Wildlife

It's been a very big year for Oregon's rock-star wolf, OR-7. 

The wolf that roamed as far afield as California and Nevada returned to Oregon, found a mate, and fathered the first wild wolves born west of the Cascades in generations. 

New test results indicate OR-7's mate is also from Oregon, putting a "girl next door" spin on the new family. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 25, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed June 25, 2014

OR-7 And Friends: Wolf Management Goals

OR-7 before he became a family wolf.
Credit Oregon Fish & Wildlife

Right between Mother's Day and Father's Day, wildlife officials confirmed that Oregon's most famous wolf is a father. 

OR-7, the wandering wolf, found a mate and is rearing pups in the Cascades. 

The news punctuated a busy period for wolves in both of our states. 

California wildlife officials announced endangered species protection for gray wolves... even though none are known to exist in the state. 

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6:40 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

The Wolf At The Door: California Wrestles With A Predator’s Return

The wolf designated by researchers as OR-7, caught on remote camera in southwest Oregon on May 3, 2014
Credit US Fish and Wildlife Service

It’s been ninety years since the last native California wolf was trapped and killed. Last week, Oregon wildlife officials announced that OR-7, the wolf they’ve tracked wandering in and out of northern California, had found a mate and fathered a new litter in southern Oregon.

That news contributes to the growing sense that it’s only a matter of time till wolves re-inhabit the Golden State. Against this backdrop, California wildlife officials extended endangered species status to the gray wolf.

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Jefferson Exchange | March 17, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Keeping Wolves On Track To Recovery

Credit Oregon State University

Oregon's Fish and Wildlife Commission got a recent report on the success of wolf management in the state.

And the process of wolf recovery appears to be going relatively well, even in the eyes of some environmental groups. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 21, 2014 | 8:30
10:17 am
Tue January 21, 2014

OR-7 Checks In (With Help From Human Friends)

One of OR-7's relatives.
Credit Oregon State University

He's so famous, he doesn't even need a name: OR-7, Oregon's wandering wolf.

And California's, now and then. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 23, 2013
10:25 am
Mon December 23, 2013

The Fight To Maintain Protected Status For Wolves

A gray wolf in the wild.
Credit Oregon State University

We nearly wiped out wolves in the United States. 

And now large areas that were once home to wolves, including all of California, are wolf-free. 

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