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Area of Known Wolf Activity

Morrow County AKWA Map

Current Morrow County map (pdf)

Previous Morrow County maps: 12/31/2023, 11/21/2022, 12/31/21 (pdfs)

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 in Morrow 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. 

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Fivemile Timeline


April 15, 2024 – A new pair of wolves was documented using the Fivemile territory during the 2023 winter count.


April 18, 2023 – Two wolves were counted in the Fivemile Pack AKWA during the winter count. 


April 19, 2022 – At the end of 2021, five wolves were counted in the area. They did not have two pups surviving to the end of the year so the pack will not be counted as a breeding pair.


April 21, 2021 – In 2020, the Fivemile Pack produced two pups that survived to the end of the year and was counted as a breeding pair.


April 15, 2020 – The radio-collared male previously from the Desolation Pair and an uncollared female have been traveling together since early 2019.  The pair produced three pups that survived to the end of the year and the Fivemile Pack was counted as a breeding pair.


June 14, 2019 – A new Area of Known Wolf Activity (AKWA) has been designated by ODFW in the eastern portion of the Heppner Unit (Morrow and Umatilla Counties).  Two separate groups of two  wolves were confirmed during the winter count.  Wolves appear to continue to use the area.  At this time, it is unknown if any wolves have bred, monitoring will continue.


April 12, 2018 – In January 2017, three wolves were counted in the area, but were never documented the remainder of the year. The Department continues to monitor the area for wolf activity.


April 10, 2017 The intent was to name the pack after further investigation determined its use area, but the pack was not located during the spring, summer or fall of 2016.  During January 2017, three wolves were once again discovered and counted in the area. 


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

This pack was discovered in January 2016 in southwestern Umatilla County.  The pack includes 2 adults, and 3 pups born in 2015, and counts as a breeding pair.  The pack will be named after further investigation determines its use area.

Previous Fivemile AKWA maps: 12/31/2019, 06/14/2019, 01/31/2016 (pdfs)

Madison Butte Timeline


April 15, 2024 – In 2023, the Madison Butte Pack (formerly the WA123 Group) produced two pups that survived until the end of the year and was counted as a breeding pair, with four wolves in the pack.


April 18, 2023 – Two wolves were documented in the WA123 group during the winter count.


November 23, 2022 - A new AKWA has been designated in Morrow County. WA123 is a radio-collared female wolf that dispersed from the Columbia Pack in Washington and entered Oregon in January 2022. Since June 2022, her movements indicate that she has become resident in southwestern Morrow County. Another wolf was documented traveling with WA123 during the summer and fall.


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