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Important Note:  Wolves in this area are currently listed as endangered under the Federal Endangered Species Act. All management related to harassment and take of wolves is regulated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, not ODFW. The information below reflects ODFW rules regarding wolf management, but in regards to harassment and take, these rules are superseded by federal law.

Areas of Known Wolf Activity
Lethal Take by ODFW

Areas of Known Wolf Activity (AKWA)

What is an “Area of Known Wolf Activity” and when/how is it designated?

An Area of Known Wolf Activity (AKWA) is an area which is designated by ODFW showing where resident wolves and/or packs have become established. AKWA designation is based on actual wolf data or information which is verified by ODFW, and not reports or other hearsay. AKWA’s are only designated in situations of repeated wolf use over a period of time. For example, a single photo or a set of tracks showing that a wolf may be traveling through an area would not be designated an AKWA.

When repeated wolf activity is established, ODFW will delineate AKWA boundaries using actual location data points. In situations where wolves are resident but location data is limited, ODFW will use a fixed circle of a size based on home range data from other packs. AKWA’s will periodically change as new information becomes available.

What does an AKWA mean to a livestock producer?

  • ODFW coordinates with livestock producers within designated AKWA’s to discuss topics such as the Oregon Wolf Plan, current wolf management and conservation, how to recognize and report wolf activity, and appropriate non-lethal measures.
  • Livestock producers within AKWA’s are encouraged to access the information associated with known wolves or packs.

Producers are encouraged to implement non-lethal measures which are designed to minimize conflicts between wolves and livestock.

Note:The non-lethal measures referred to in this section are not mandatory. Producers may elect not to implement measures to minimize wolf-livestock conflicts. However, it is important for producers to understand that any lethal control options for ODFW will be dependent on the use of non-lethal measures and their documentation of use. Lethal take or harassment of wolves in this area (west of Hwys 395-78-95) is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with federal rules superseding ODFW rules.

Known Oregon Wolf Packs
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Currently designated AKWAs

Lethal Take

Important Note:  Wolves in the East Zone found west of Hwys 395-78-95 are currently listed as endangered under the Federal Endangered Species Act. All management related to harassment and take of wolves is regulated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, not ODFW. The information below reflects ODFW rules regarding harassment and take of wolves,  but federal law supersedes these rules.

In situations of chronic livestock depredation, lethal take may be implemented by ODFW in certain circumstances under Oregon Administrative Rule OAR 635-110-0030. The following are some of the general conditions that must be met prior to ODFW authorizing lethal control:

  • ODFW confirms at least two incidents of depredation in the area, or one confirmed depredation followed by three attempted depredations (testing or stalking) in the area.

  • Property owner or permittee who requests lethal control must have documented unsuccessful attempts to solve the situation through non-lethal means,

  • There can be no identified circumstance which attracts wolf-livestock conflict,

  • The requester is in compliance with wolf protection laws and the conditions of any harassment or take permits,

  • The situation of wolf depredation is likely to remain chronic despite the use of additional non-lethal conflict deterrence measures, and,

  • The wolf or wolves identified for removal are those ODFW believes to be associated with the depredations, the removal of which ODFW believes will decrease the risk of chronic depredation.
There are no lethal control orders at this time.


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