Oregon Wolf Illegally Killed in Montana

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced that OR-18 a wolf originally collared as a member of Oregon’s Snake River Pack was found illegally killed in the Burnt Fork area of the Bitterroot Valley, east of Stevensville, MT late last week. Anyone with information about the poaching is encouraged to call 1-800-TIP-MONT. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a monetary reward for providing information leading to a conviction.

Conservationists Celebrate Confirmation of Pups for OR-7 & Mate

The conservation group Oregon Wild joined wildlife appreciators around the world in cheering the news that Oregon’s famous wandering wolf (known as OR7 or Journey) indeed has pups. Photos of two pups peeking out from under a log confirmed the May 12th announcement that OR7 had been exhibiting signs of denning and a wolf that appeared to be a female had been photographed nearby.

Below is a statement from Rob Klavins, Northeast Oregon Field Coordinator for Oregon Wild:

Keeping Wolves Alive in Oregon

Oregon's Minam wolf pack is relatively new on the scene and, like most Oregon packs, has not come into conflict with humans or their livestock.

Conservationists Cheer News of OR-7 Mate, Pups

The conservation group Oregon Wild cheered today’s release of trail camera images and GPS collar data that indicate OR-7, Oregon’s famous wandering wolf, may have found a mate.  The new data, provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), also hints at the tantalizing possibility that OR-7 and his possible mate are exhibiting denning behavior, and may have pups.

One Bullet Kills an Entire Pack

Wolf 755M (right) was the alpha male of the Lamar Canyon Pack seen here with 889F (left) the fourth wolf with whom he has tried to restart a pack after his mate was shot and killed outside Yellowstone Nat'l Park.

Wolf 755M (right) was the alpha male of the Lamar Canyon Pack seen here with 889F (left) the fourth wolf with whom he has tried to restart a pack after his mate was shot and killed outside Yellowstone Nat'l Park.

Nearly 500,000 More Americans Speak Out Against Federal Plan to Strip Wolves of Protections

More than 460,000 Americans filed official comments calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to scrap its controversial proposal to remove federal protections from the gray wolf and instead work to advance wolf recovery in the United States. A scientific peer review released in early February 2014 unanimously concluded that a federal plan to drop protections for most gray wolves was not based on the best available science.

Keeping the Wild

By whatever name he’s known, the story of Journey (OR-7) has captured imaginations around the world. It’s but a chapter in the broader story of wolf recovery. And like that bigger story, the end is uncertain. As a number of news outlets have recently noted, the battery that has powered the collar that made Journey famous just outlived its life expectancy.

Any day now, the battery that has sent signals to a satellite and back down to earth may fail; leaving a collared wolf - unconcerned with his name or what people think of him - to continue on with his day-to-day life.

Creating a World of Wolf Haters

Even as the wolf was being cruelly hunted into extinction, humans did something only Homo sapiens can do: We kept the wolf feared, hated,and alive in literature - especially children's stories.

Wolf Rendezvous - The Present and Future of Oregon Wolves

By Rick Lamplugh

When Mary and I arrived at the Joseph, Oregon rendezvous site, we joined others in pitching our tent in the backyard of a rustic, rental house, its brown paint faded by the weather. From the yard we had a view through the pines of the tip of nearby Mt. Joseph and the distant Zumwalt Prairie.

Settlement Reached in Wolf Legal Fight

After seventeen months of grueling negotiations, conservationists, Governor John Kitzhaber, the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW), and the livestock industry have reached a compromise settlement agreement that resolves a long-running legal battle over wolf conservation in Oregon.

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