For Immediate Release, July 20, 2022
Amaroq Weiss, (707) 779-9613, firstname.lastname@example.org
New Wolf Pack Confirmed in Western Oregon
Five Pups Born to New Wolf Family in Deschutes Wildlife Management Unit
PORTLAND, Ore.— The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reported today that a new wolf pack has established itself in the Upper Deschutes wildlife management unit in Klamath and Deschutes counties. Not yet named, the wolf family gave birth to at least five pups this year, which were photographed on July 4 by a department trail camera.
“It’s heartwarming and joyful to see photos of this wolf family running through the forests of western Oregon,” said Amaroq Weiss, senior wolf advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Fortunately, these wolves live in a part of the state where they’re still protected under federal law, since their survival depends on those protections remaining in place.”
Oregon’s wildlife agency estimated the wolf population at the end of 2021 to be 175 individuals in 21 packs, with a total of 16 breeding pairs. This was an increase of only two wolves from the year before. Eight wolves were illegally killed by poisoning in northeastern Oregon last year, where federal protections are absent. Those crimes remain unsolved, despite reward offers approaching $50,000 from conservation groups.
Besides the newly identified wolf family in the Upper Deschutes wildlife management unit, there are only two other packs — the Rogue pack and Indigo pack — who reside west of highways 97, 20 and 395. The Rogue pack inhabits Jackson and Klamath counties, while the Indigo pack ranges across parts of Douglas and Lane counties. A previous western Oregon pack, the White River pack, which ranged in counties south of Mt. Hood, did not have sufficient numbers to qualify as a pack in 2021.
“We’re still witnessing the early days of wolves returning to western Oregon,” said Weiss. “It’s so exciting to see these pups and their parents roaming free and healthy.”
Wolves in Oregon once trekked statewide but had been killed off to appease agricultural interests by the late 1940s. In 1999 wolves from Idaho began to make their way into Oregon, and the state’s first pack was confirmed in 2008.
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