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Oregon's Fourth Wolf Pack: Not a 'Breeding' Pair

posted Oct 29, 2013, 9:02 PM by chloe owens

2/19/13, by Cassandra Profita, OR Fish & Wildlife/Ecotrope

Oregon’s fourth wolf pack: Not a ‘breeding’ pair

…Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife got reports and trail camera pictures from hunters indicating there were wolves in the area…But although pictures provided to ODFW show that at least one pup was produced in this area, the agency won’t consider this pack a “breeding pair” unless two or more pups are documented in December…state wolf management says ODFW can only start removing state Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves when there are four breeding pairs in the eastern third of the state (roughly) for three consecutive years.  A “breeding pair” is a pack that has at least two pups that survive through the end of the year.