Increasing wolf population in Oregon, according to wildlife officials

NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! The number of recognized wolf families in the area has increased to three, according to wildlife officials from Oregon, who reported on Tuesday that they have discovered a new family of wolves in the northern Cascade Mountains.

The new pack of wolves, consisting of two adults and two pups, was confirmed by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. On the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs reservation, some 100 miles southeast of Portland, they were found in December.


Trail cameras have been used by tribal biologists to record their positions, most recently in August.

According to agency spokesperson Michelle Dennehy, “Wolves will disperse to other regions, but when we have resident wolves, like we know they’re sticking in that area, that’s when we create something called a “area of known wolf activity.”

Oregon identified a new family of wolves in the northern Cascade Mountains, including two adults and two pups, on Sept. 13, 2022. Pictured: Juveniles wolves seen in the northwest U.S.

Wasco County and parts of Jefferson County are included in the new area. The Warm Springs Pack will be given that name if the pack has at least four members by the end of the year, according to the department.

Environmental organizations praised the disclosure.

According to Amaroq Weiss, senior wolf advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity, “I hope this will be an exciting new chapter in the story of wolf recovery in the state, which is seeing wolves dispersing into territory where they haven’t inhabited for decades.”

Wolves originally roamed most of the United States, but government-sponsored poisoning and trapping programs practically wiped them off by the 1930s.
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At least 175 wolves were counted by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in the state in 2021, a two-wolf increase from the year before. Although agency officials did note that wolves increased their range into four new areas of activity in rural areas in Jefferson, Klamath, Grant, and Union counties, it was the slowest rate of wolf expansion since 2016.

After an entire pack was poisoned in eastern Oregon in 2021, the number of documented packs dropped from 22 to 21. According to the agency, 21 of the 26 wolf fatalities recorded that year were brought on by people.

Along with the three wolves from the White River group and the two from the Metolius group, the Warm Springs group of wolves is the third to be identified in the northern Cascades region.

Since the Canadian wolves were reintroduced in Idaho and Yellowstone National Park beginning in 1995, more than 3,000 wolves have taken up residence in six states in the Northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest. Wolves, however, are still not present in the majority of their historic range.


The first confirmed wolf west of the Cascades in more than 60 years was an Oregon wolf known as OR-7, who made history in 2011. He subsequently made his way down to California, where he was officially recognized as a wolf for the first time in almost a century. The Department of Fish and Wildlife in California has discovered three of his progeny there.

Since then, other wolves from Oregon and other states have crossed into California. According to the organization, there are currently three breeding packs in California, and two of them have had litters this year.

In order for the wolves to keep spreading throughout Oregon, California, and other states, wildlife enthusiasts contend that ongoing safeguards are required. However, wolf assaults on herds of big game animals and livestock have enraged farmers, ranchers, and hunters.

Wolves in the western two-thirds of Oregon had their Endangered Species Act protections reinstated by a judge in February. In 2021, the Trump administration repealed those safeguards.

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