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New wolf pack has pups in Oregon

Remote camera photo from July 21, 2013, documenting three pups in the newly formed Mount Emily pack in the Oregon portion of the Blue Mountains.
 (Oregon Fish and Wildlife)
Remote camera photo from July 21, 2013, documenting three pups in the newly formed Mount Emily pack in the Oregon portion of the Blue Mountains. (Oregon Fish and Wildlife)

ENDANGERED SPECIEDS -- A new wolf pack with pups has been confirmed in the Oregon portion of the Blue Mountains, according to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department.

The two wolves discovered earlier this year in the Mount Emily Unit have reproduced, department officials confirmed with photos from monitoring cameras that have documented at least three pups by this pair.

The pair was discovered in April in Union County northwest of Summerville, Ore. 

Oregon wildlife officials have confirmed reproduction in seven known packs this year (Imnaha, Minam, Mount Emily, Snake River, Umatilla River, Walla Walla and Wenaha), though the exact number of pups is not yet known in all of the packs. 

IN WASHINGTON, about half of the 10 confirmed wolf packs have been documented with pups so far this year.

No wolf packs have been confirmed in the Washington side of the Blue Mountains, although at least one of the Oregon packs in the Blues is known to roam into Washington




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