Current Grant County map (pdf)
Previous Grant County maps:12/31/2021
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. If depredation becomes chronic and lethal control become necessary, ODFW’s ability to lethally remove depredating wolves will be dependent on the extent that non-lethal measures have been used and documented. Wolves west of Highway 395 in Grant County are currently listed as endangered under the Federal Endangered Species Act, so all management related to harassment and take of wolves west of Highway 395 is regulated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, not ODFW.
Click on each wolf group for more information:
April 18, 2023 – In 2022, the Desolation Pack produced at least four pups that survived to the end of the year and was counted as a breeding pair.
April 19, 2022 – In 2021, the Desolation Pack produced at least four pups that survived to the end of the year and was counted as a breeding pair.
April 21, 2021 – In 2020, the Desolation Pack produced at least three pups that survived to the end of the year and was counted as a breeding pair.
April 15, 2020 – In 2019, the radio-collared female from the previous Desolation Pair bred with a new male. The Desolation Pack produced three pups that survived to the end of the year and was counted as a breeding pair.
April 8, 2019 – In 2018, OR53 was documented traveling with a collared female. Later in the year, the female was documented with another wolf and OR53 was traveling alone. This group was not counted as a pack or breeding pair in 2018.
April 12, 2018 – In 2017, OR53 travelled alone most of the year and was documented with another wolf at the end of 2017.
September 1, 2017 – OR53, an adult male, was collared in the spring in the Desolation Wildlife Management Unit.
April 10, 2017 – The Desolation Unit was monitored throughout 2016. After March, only one wolf was observed in the area.
March 4, 2016 – From the 2015 Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Annual Report
The Desolation pair was monitored throughout the year, no evidence of reproduction was observed.
December 17, 2014 – A new Area of Known Wolf Activity (AKWA) has been designated by ODFW in the northern portion of the Desolation Unit (Grant and Umatilla County). On December 15, 2014 tracks of two wolves were documented by ODFW biologists in this new area. Irregular reports of wolf activity have been received over the past year in this general area of National Forest, and biologists documented two instances of a single wolf earlier in the year. However, AKWAs are created where and when wolves have become established, meaning repeated use of an area over a period of time by wolves and not simply dispersal of wolves.
At this time, ODFW has little data regarding the specifics of this new pair (i.e., sex, breeding status, and specific use area) and additional surveys will be required to get this information.
Previous Desolation AKWA maps (for reference only): 12/31/2019, 12/31/2018, 12/31/2017, 09/01/2017, 12/31/2015, 01/27/2015, 12/17/2014 (pdfs)
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Logan Valley Timeline
April 18, 2023 – Two wolves were documented in the Logan Valley AKWA during the winter count.
April 19, 2022 – In 2021, the East Murderers Creek wolves bred for the first time, producing three pups that survived to the end of the year and was counted as a breeding pair. Due to their reproductive success, the East Murderers Creek wolves are now designated as the Logan Valley Pack.
April 21, 2021 – At the end of 2020, a single wolf continued to be documented. In early March 2021 a second wolf was confirmed.
November 23, 2020 – A new AKWA has been designated by ODFW in the eastern portion of the Murderers Creek Unit and northern portion of the Malheur River Unit (Grant and Harney Counties). Evidence of a single wolf has been documented. Monitoring is ongoing to learn more about wolf activity in this area
Previous Logan Valley AKWA maps (for reference only): 02/22/2022, 11/23/20 (pdfs)
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Murderers Creek Timeline
April 18, 2023 – Two wolves, now named simply Murderers Creek wolves, were documented during the winter count.
April 19, 2022 – In 2021, two wolves were documented in the area during the winter count and were not counted as a breeding pair.
February 22, 2022 – A new AKWA was designated for two wolves that appear to be resident west of Hwy 395.
Previous Murderers Creek AKWA maps (for reference only): 02/22/2022 (pdf)
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The Tower Mountain wolves spend most of their time in Union County. See Union County AKWA for more information.
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