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Oregon releases statewide gray wolf status report

Map shows range of Oregon's wolf packs at the end of 2013. (courtesy)
Map shows range of Oregon's wolf packs at the end of 2013. (courtesy)

WILDLIFE -- Oregon is reporting significant growth in wolf packs in its annual status report on gray wolf recovery released Tuesday. The status reports from all the western recovery states are filed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

At the end of 2013, Oregon officials say the state had at least 64 wolves in eight packs, up from 48 wolves in six packs estimated at the end of 2012.  The number of livestock killed increased to 13 confirmed kills involving three packs.

In 2009, the first year of Oregon's reports on the endangered species' recovery in the state, officials listed two packs: the Imnaha pack with 10 wolves and the Wenaha Pack with four wolves.

Washington officials say they will present their annual wolf status report at the Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting March 7-8 in Moses Lake. At the end of 2012, Washington reported up to 100 wolves in the state in nine packs.

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