Wolf OR7 May Have Found a Mate

OR7 1PORTLAND, Ore. — OR7, a wolf originally from northeast Oregon, may have found a mate in southwest Oregon’s Cascade Mountains.

In early May, remote cameras on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest captured several images of what appears to be a black female wolf in the same area where OR7 is currently located.  The images were found by wildlife biologists when they checked cameras on May 7.

The remote cameras were set up by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as part of ongoing cooperative wolf monitoring efforts.

“This information is not definitive, but it is likely that this new wolf and OR7 have paired up.  More localized GPS collar data from OR7 is an indicator that they may have denned,” said John Stephenson, Service wolf biologist. “If that is correct, they would be rearing pups at this time of year.”

The Service and ODFW probably won’t be able to confirm the presence of pups until June or later, the earliest pup surveys are conducted, so as not to disturb them at such a young age.  Wolf pups are generally born in mid-April, so any pups would be less than a month old at this time.

If confirmed, the pups would mark the first known wolf breeding in the Oregon Cascades since the early 20th century.


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  1. Jimmy Zelski says:

    Great news. Glad they’re not publishing the exact whereabouts.

  2. Jessica says:

    Congratulations to Journey and his new mate! This is exciting news and I sincerely hope it is the first of many litters for this very special couple. We NEED many more wild animals, especially predators, in our forests to keep the balance Nature intended. Thanks for reporting this!

  3. jeff state says:

    This is NOT a blessing, ask Idaho, MT, WY.

    These animals are an Invasive species brought in from north of the 55th parallel.

    They are NOT the same wolves that lived here 100 years ago. 50-75% larger. With an UNNATURAL advantage over elk,deer, etc. in the lower 48.

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