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Silver Lake Wolves (OR3)

Area of Known Wolf Activity

Silver Lake wolves AKWA

Current Silver Lake Wolves AKWA map (pdf)

Within Areas of Known Wolf Activity (AKWA) certain preventative measures are recommended to minimize wolf-livestock conflicts. Though not required, non-lethal measures are important to reduce depredation.  Assistance with these proactive non-lethal measures is available from USFWS, ODFW and the ODA Compensation Plan.  Information about specific wolf-livestock conflicts can be found on the Wolf and Livestock Updates page.  Wolves west of Highways 395-78-95 are federally listed.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, not ODFW, regulates all management related to harassment and lethal take where wolves are federally listed.

Previous Silver Lake AKWA maps (for reference only – see above for current map)
      • 7/28/2016 (pdf)
      • 1/12/2016 (pdf)


Timeline

OR3 and a pup of the Silver Lake wolves.
OR3 and a pup of the Silver Lake wolves. Remote camera image taken June 22, 2016 in western Lake County, courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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2017

April 10, 2017 OR3 and OR28 paired and bred in 2016, the pair produced at least one pup.  OR28 was found dead in October 2016.  One large wolf has been documented in the area this winter, but the status of the pup is unknown.

2016

October 24, 2016 – ODFW designates an Area of Depredating Wolves and posts a Conflict Deterrence Plan for the Silver Lake Wolves.

October 14, 2016 - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service News Release - $5,000 Reward Offered for Information on Illegal Killing of Gray Wolf Near Summer Lake, Oregon

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for killing a federally protected gray wolf in south-central Oregon. On Oct. 6, 2016, a radio collared female gray wolf known as OR28 was found dead in the Fremont-Winema National Forest near Summer Lake, Oregon.

July 28, 2016ODFW and USFWS have confirmed that OR3 (an eight-year-old male originally from the Imnaha pack) has paired up with OR28, a three-year-old GPS radio-collared female originally from the Mt Emily pack.  Based on remote camera images, the two are believed to have produced at least one pup in 2016.  They are primarily using the Silver Lake Wildlife Management Unit in western Lake County and have been dubbed the Silver Lake wolves.  (A group of wolves is designated a pack when there is evidence of a minimum of four wolves traveling together in winter.)

Wolf OR3 dispersed from northeast Oregon’s former Imnaha Pack in 2011, just a few months before more well-known wolf OR7.  But unlike OR7, OR3 had a VHF collar not a GPS collar.  VHF collars do not automatically transmit location information and wildlife managers lost track of him after the fall of 2011.   OR3 made a brief reappearance in the Cascades in northern Klamath County in summer 2015.  His radio-collar is no longer functional.  It is unknown if OR3 bred before this year.

March 4, 2016 – From the 2015 Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Annual Report

In early November 2015, a 2-year-old radio-collared female wolf (OR28) dispersed from the Mt Emily pack in Umatilla County. By Nov. 19, OR28 arrived into the area she continued to use in the Fort Rock and Silver Lake Units of Klamath and Lake County. She has been observed repeatedly with a male wolf.

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