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2 Wolves Roaming White River WA, Mt. Hood NF, First Pack In Oregon’s North Cascades

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

At least two wolves are using an area in southern Wasco County, marking the first time multiple wolves have been confirmed in the northern portion of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains since they began returning to Oregon in the 2000s.

A TRAIL CAMERA CAPTURED THIS IMAGE OF TWO WOLVES IN THE MT. HOOD NATIONAL FOREST JAN. 4, 2018. (ODFW)

The wolves were documented on the White River Wildlife Area and Mt Hood National Forest and have also been observed on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.

Several wolves are known to have dispersed through Wasco County in the past few years. A single wolf was documented in the White River Unit in December 2013. In May 2015, a wolf from the Imnaha pack travelled through the area as he dispersed to Klamath County. Later in 2015, a single wolf was documented in Wasco County.

Wolves in Wasco County and anywhere west of Hwys 395-78-95 are protected by the federal Endangered Species Act, so U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the lead management agency.

Additional information about Oregon’s wolf population will be available in March, after ODFW completes its annual winter surveys and minimum population count.

 

OSP Looking For Details On 2 In Closed Wildlife Area

UPDATE 12:25 P.M., APRIL 12, 2017: IN A TWEET, OSP REPORTS IDENTIFYING THE SUBJECTS

During the depths of one of the most severe winters in recent decades, two men apparently decided they just didn’t need to abide by big game range closures.

Unfortunately for them, a trail cam snapped their photos as well as potential evidence on their backs, and now Oregon wildlife troopers want to know who they are.

A COMPOSITE CLOSE-UP OF THE TWO MEN OSP WISHES TO TALK TO ABOUT ALLEGED WILDLIFE VIOLATIONS ON THE WHITE RIVER WILDLIFE AREA ON FEB. 4, 2017. (OSP)

Yesterday, the state police put out photos of the duo, who appear to be in their 20s and were dudded up in camo and carrying backpacks with antlers poking out the tops.

OSP says the two are thought to have been involved in violating wildlife laws on North-central Oregon’s White River Wildlife Area in late February.

(OSP)

It wasn’t immediately clear what OSP meant by wildlife violations, but about half of the 30,000-acre wildlife area, which sits east of Mt. Hood near Tygh Valley, is closed through the end of March to protect winter-weakened deer and elk.

Less than a week after the incident, ODFW put out a press release quoting a prominent member of the state’s shed hunting fraternity advising antler seekers to put off their trips until spring.

“It’s easy to think since there is not a lot of snow now that the critters are fine, but that’s not necessarily the case,” Rob Tanner of Oregon Shed Hunters said in the release. “It’s making it difficult for wildlife to get around, especially deer.”

Anybody with information on the two individuals are being asked to call OSP Senior Trooper Craig Gunderson at (541) 980-2693.