He became a media star when he dispersed from his home pack in northeast Oregon late in 2011 in search of a mate. She was not previously known to wildlife officials, and they have no idea where she came from. Federal officials are in the process of withdrawing protection for wolves in the lower 48 states following a successful reintroduction program, which began in 1995 in the Rocky Mountains.
Last summer, she found the empty den after a wolf pup was spotted in the area. The whines caught the attention of an adult wolf, which trotted toward the den site with a bone for the pups to play with. Last year, Robinson collared 15 pups from two North Idaho packs.
OR-7, Oregon’s famous wandering wolf, did just that, leaving the Imnaha pack on the edge of the Eagle Cap Wilderness in 2011, traveling south and entering California, then returning to Oregon. The Imnaha pack is led by OR-4, but his collar has started to malfunction. The collars only last three to four years. The radios send GPS coordinates, allowing biologists to track a pack’s movements.
The first wolf hunt was held in November and December and had a goal of killing 43 of the Upper Peninsula’s population of more than 650 wolves.
Idaho Fish Game official who investigated a report of a wolf attack on a dog in the Idaho City area last week confirmed that there were wolves in the area, according to a press release from Fish Game Tuesday. Physical evidence from the scene indicated that the dog was likely carried off by a wolf. The incident occurred late Wednesday, and the dog hasn’t been seen since. Wolf sightings were reported in the Idaho City area the previous week, Fish Game officials said. “Area…
The Defenders of Wildlife and several other conservation organizations asked a federal judge to stop the wolf control effort. She said the decline of elk is widespread throughout Western wilderness areas and the presence of wolves has changed elk behavior, which has resulted in benefits to plant communities like aspen groves and streamside willows. She also said the decline of elk may be overstated.
Species Act. In 2009, the gray wolf was removed from the endangered and threatened list — but, as a designated furbearer, the gray wolf remains protected under state code in Iowa. Minnesota wolves have been edging southeastward along the Mississippi River toward Iowa, according to the DNR status report, which noted that a wolf was shot in 2002 in Houston County, Minn., which shares a border with Iowa’s Allamakee County. In 2010, the DNR report stated, two known wolflike animals…