Wolf pair south of Mount Hood had at least 2 pups this year

Photo shows the breeding male of White River wolves with two pups, taken Aug. 19 by remote camera on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. Photo courtesy of Wildlife Department BNR-Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.

HOOD RIVER, Ore. - A new pair of wolves south of Mount Hood produced at least two pups this year, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said.

"A remote camera on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation first captured images of two pups on Aug. 10," ODFW said. "This marks the first known reproduction by wolves in the northern portion of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains since wolves began returning to the state in the 2000s."

The wolves are in the White River Unit in southern Wasco County.

Wolves in Wasco County and anywhere west of Oregon Highways 395, 78 and 95 are protected by the federal Endangered Species Act.

Oregon was home to at least 124 wolves at the end of 2017.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the lead management agency, is working with ODFW and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to monitor this new group of wolves.

“Today, we let out a huge howl knowing that a wolf pack is rightly back on the landscape around iconic Mount Hood after the species was systematically exterminated decades ago,” said Josh Laughlin, Executive Director of Eugene-based Cascadia Wildlands. “The news is also a stark reminder that we need to ensure strong state and federal protections remain in place for recovering wolves so they can continue to re-occupy their historic territories across Oregon.”

ODFW had a meeting scheduled for Thursday in The Dalles prior to news of the two pups. The facilitated meeting with Wolf Plan stakeholders is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Dalles Screen Shop, 3561 Klindt Drive.

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