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Area of Known Wolf Activity

Heppner Wolves AKWA

Current Heppner 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. 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. Information about specific wolf-livestock conflicts can be found on the Wolf and Livestock Updates page.

Previous Heppner AKWA maps (for reference only)




April 21, 2021 – In 2020, the Heppner Pack produced three pups that survived to the end of the year and was counted as a breeding pair.  Radio-collar data showed a 253 mi² use area with 57% of location data points on public lands and 43% on private lands.


April 15, 2020 – This new pair has been traveling together since early 2019, both are radio-collared.  The breeding male was born into the Imnaha Pack, and later was the breeding male of the Meacham Pack.  The pair produced three pups that survived to the end of the year and 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.

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