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ENDANGERED SPECIES — While lots of eyes and camera lenses are out there trying to get a handle on the growth of northwest wolf packs, a remote camera in Oregon came up with at least one solid find: The Imnaha wolf pack in northeast Oregon was parading past the camera with at least one of this year's pups in tow.
A black-colored pups was photographed July 16 by an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife camera. It's traveling with the Imnaha pack’s alpha female (its mother). So far, photographs and visual observations have turned up only one pup for the Imnaha pack this year, but more pups may be found.
Oregon Fish and Wildlife has made other photos of the pack available here.
At least three members of the Imnaha pack dispersed from the pack in the past few months, biologists say, including one collared female that moved into Washington last winter when she was 1.5 years old.
“Wolf packs are dynamic and rarely stay the same size over time,” noted Russ Morgan, ODFW wolf coordinator. “A pack can be healthy despite these natural fluctuations in numbers, as long as a breeding pair of wolves, the alpha male and female, is maintained.”
PREDATORS — After the Imnaha pack in northeastern Oregon was implicated in another loss of livestock, state officials have ordered another wolf removed from the pack.
That will make three down from Oregon's first confirmed breeding pack in the past few weeks.
Two wolves from that pack were killed last month in what wildlife managers had hoped would be a deterrent to their livestock-killing ways.
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.