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Tue., Jan. 18, 2011, 10:24 a.m.

Pup sighting boosts Oregon wolf count

WILDLIFE -- Oregon's count of gray wolves is up to at least 21 in two packs after two previously unverified pups were documented recenty by air and on video.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials say aerial surveys documented 16 wolves in the pack, which would mean six pups, instead of just four observed this summer.

Combined with the three adults and two pups in the Wenaha pack, that brings the count in Oregon to at least 21.
 
The department posted a new video taken Dec. 30 and linked above. Wolf Coordinator Russ Morgan says the alpha female and two pups from the Imnaha pack came within 10 yards of biologist Roblyn Brown, who was out looking for tracks, according to the Associated Press.
 
The Imnaha pack is hanging out in an area with a wintering elk herd, and there were no reports in December of attacks on livestock.



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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.