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Not One, But Seven Wolves In California

Aug 21, 2015
California Fish & Wildlife

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says cameras have captured images of five endangered gray wolf pups and two adults in Siskiyou County.

The CDFW had previously collected evidence suggesting at least one wolf has traveled into southeastern Siskiyou County.

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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

The New Wolf Census: 77

Mar 2, 2015
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. 

Jackson County Considers Wolf Damage Payments

Feb 4, 2015
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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. 

More Wolves, Fewer Restrictions In Oregon

Feb 2, 2015
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. 

OR-7 And Future Management Plans

Sep 9, 2014
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. 

OR-7 And Friends: Wolf Management Goals

Jun 25, 2014
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. 

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.

Keeping Wolves On Track To Recovery

Mar 17, 2014
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. 

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

Jan 21, 2014
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. 

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.