Oregon Trapper Catches Two Wolves At Once; Released With Collars

ODFW reports that a trapper incidentally captured two wolves in Northeast Oregon near Weston over the weekend.

Both were subsequently radio-collared and released.

The agency describes the wolves as young-of-the-year members of the Umatilla River Pack, a 55-pound male and a 50-pound female.

The licensed trapper was actually attempting to control coyotes in the area when the two wolves stepped into separate foot-hold traps in close proximity to each other.

“ODFW biologists were able to quickly respond and safely collar and release the wolves,” a statement from the state said.

It’s the third and fourth times that wolves have been incidentally caught in Oregon; all have been reported to ODFW and the animals released.

TWO OF THE FOUR WOLVES BELIEVED TO BE IN THE UMATILLA PACK. THESE PUPS WERE PHOTOGRAPHED IN AUGUST. (ODFW)

TWO OF THE FOUR WOLVES BELIEVED TO BE IN THE UMATILLA PACK. THESE PUPS WERE PHOTOGRAPHED IN AUGUST. (ODFW)

Before the Umatilla duo were let go, they were outfitted with “lighter-weight GPS collars ideal for younger wolves,” according to ODFW.

The devices will yield fewer locations than the collars the agency slips on adult wolves, but could really come in handy should the two disperse long distances, like OR7 and its lesser known sister, OR5.

The Umatillas have also been involved in a couple depredations in the past two years.  At least one other wolf in this pack is collared, a seven-year-old male.

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