Wolves throughout Oregon are protected by the state Endangered Species Act (ESA). West of Hwys 395-78-95, they are also protected by the federal ESA. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the lead management agency for wolves west of this boundary.
LA GRANDE, Ore. – Biologists have confirmed reports from hunters of a new wolf pack in Hells Canyon on Oregon’s border with Idaho.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife surveyed the area last week after receiving reports and trail camera photographs from hunters indicating wolves were in the area.
Tracks from at least five different wolves were documented on Thursday.
“These public wolf reports from Oregon’s outdoor enthusiasts really help us target our survey efforts and make the best use of limited resources.” said Russ Morgan, ODFW wolf program coordinator.
The new wolf pack is using the Snake River wildlife management unit of northeast Oregon, which borders Idaho and includes the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and Wilderness.
The confirmation of the Snake River pack marks the fourth wolf pack confirmed in Oregon since the mid-2000s, when wolves began returning to the state from Idaho.