In early July, a remote trail camera set up by the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife photographed wild wolf pups in Northeast Oregon. The new pups are part of the Imnaha pack in the Imnaha Wildlife Management Area. The Imnaha pack has one breeding pair of wolves, and about 14 wolves in total. Although the total number could be higher, if the cameras did not record all the pups, or potentially lower, considering the alpha male has been missing for some time and may be deceased. Oregon’s other wolf pack has just four, and are not thought to be reproducing. Wolves have their litters in April usually. Pups leave the den to start playing and walking in June. Litter sizes vary from four to six.
The State of Oregon is due to review their wolf conservation plan this year. Wolves are protected as endangered animals there. Livestock producers there are not allowed to harm wolves, unless they have a permit. Wolves were not reintroduced in Oregon. They roamed there from neighboring states.
Imnaha Wolf Pack in Winter
Oregon Public Broadcasting History of Wolves in the West
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