SEVERE WX : Wind Advisory View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Famous Oregon Wolf Sires 5th Litter of Pups in Rogue Valley

A wolf known as OR-7 that established the first gray wolf pack in western Oregon in six decades has sired at least one pup for his fifth consecutive year, wildlife biologists said Wednesday.

Posted: Aug 15, 2018 3:11 PM
Updated: Aug 15, 2018 3:32 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A wolf known as OR-7 that established the first gray wolf pack in western Oregon in six decades has sired at least one pup for his fifth consecutive year, wildlife biologists said Wednesday.

Three wolf pups were captured frolicking in front of a remote camera set up in southwest Oregon by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said Amaroq Weiss, of the Center for Biological Diversity. The footage was recorded in early July and released this week.

"OR-7 traveled 4,000 miles to find a mate and start a family. But this important recovery can only continue if we keep protecting wolves in Oregon and California and across the United States," Weiss said.

The footage was captured in the Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest, just north of the California border. The 30-second clip shows two pups bouncing in front of the hidden camera and a third runs by a short distance away.

OR-7 made international headlines in 2011 when he traveled across Oregon and ventured into California, making him the first known wolf in that state since 1924. He returned to Oregon three years later and has successfully reproduced each year since.

One of his offspring has become the breeding male of the only known wolf pack in California. Two of his female pups have also ventured into the Golden State, and one has traveled as far as Lake Tahoe.

OR-7 was so-named because he was the seventh wolf captured and collared in Oregon.

There are 124 wolves in Oregon now after they crossed into the state about two decades ago from Idaho.

Gray wolves were taken off the state endangered species list in 2015. The species remains protected under federal law in western Oregon.

The animals have come into increasing conflict with ranchers as their numbers grow and in the past year, there have been several instances of wolves being poached.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 348766

Reported Deaths: 4161
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah54797689
Washington37988313
Marion36055444
Clackamas29094304
Lane26966298
Jackson22632300
Deschutes19577123
Umatilla14241144
Linn12380120
Douglas11795240
Josephine9233195
Yamhill8517110
Klamath7709110
Polk715380
Malheur551574
Benton529130
Coos489691
Columbia371343
Jefferson361450
Union313146
Lincoln310638
Wasco281540
Crook274745
Clatsop239529
Baker198028
Tillamook193328
Hood River188337
Morrow181623
Curry178122
Harney108424
Grant97612
Lake89011
Wallowa67012
Gilliam1484
Sherman1463
Wheeler991
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 4810222

Reported Deaths: 70598
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles147569426398
Riverside3693444990
San Diego3636444159
San Bernardino3563155566
Orange3227415518
Sacramento1576212279
Santa Clara1445181890
Kern1441461605
Fresno1441232051
Alameda1198871372
San Joaquin1018071708
Ventura1005241164
Contra Costa99234982
Stanislaus851571315
Tulare78945951
San Francisco54031645
San Mateo53828622
Monterey50696582
Solano45761334
Santa Barbara44836521
Merced41781577
Sonoma40711402
Placer38902415
Imperial35642764
Kings32369314
San Luis Obispo29653329
Madera23518281
Butte23364260
Shasta23360334
Santa Cruz20861218
Yolo20147247
Marin17581243
El Dorado16960149
Sutter13775169
Napa12808100
Yuba994282
Tehama9298104
Humboldt9102108
Nevada903990
Mendocino752786
Lassen746346
San Benito737372
Tuolumne673993
Lake6506104
Amador537264
Siskiyou442742
Glenn430330
Calaveras381780
Del Norte356141
Colusa301718
Inyo196739
Mono16445
Plumas15756
Mariposa127315
Trinity86011
Modoc6698
Unassigned1860
Sierra1760
Alpine1020
Out of CA00
Medford
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 74°
Brookings
Clear
60° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 60°
Crater Lake
Partly Cloudy
74° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 74°
Grants Pass
Partly Cloudy
74° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 74°
Klamath Falls
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 70°
Staying dry and sunny today, rain and mountain snow arrives Sunday
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events