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          2021  
   
     • 12/2/21 Oregon State Police seeking public assistance in the poisoning of Catherine Wolf Pack (Union County), and Catherine AKWA no longer active
   
     • 12/1/21 Confirmed depredations by Balloon Tree Pack (Union County)
   
     • 11/24/21 Confirmed depredation by Rogue Pack (Jackson County)
   
     • 11/23/21 Two confirmed depredations by Balloon Tree Pack (Union County)
   
     • 11/22/21 November 22, 2021

ODFW extends permit for lethal removal of one wolf (OR30 wolves, Umatilla County)

A producer with a lethal take permit that was set to expire today will have their permit extended through Friday, Dec. 3.

The producer is actively removing livestock from their pastures for the season and needs additional time to search canyons and timber. The producer has continued to use non-lethal measures since their permit was issued Oct. 28, and these efforts will continue.

ODFW does not plan to announce the expiration of the permit. ODFW will announce if a wolf is taken on the permit or if additional depredations occur.

   
     •  11/17/21 Confirmed depredation by LAS13 wolves (Klamath County)
   
     •  11/12/21 Confirmed depredation in LAS13 AKWA (Klamath County), LAS13 AKWA updated, LAS13 Area of Depredating Wolves (ADW) map, and LAS13 Area Specific Conflict Deterrence Plan posted
   
     •  11/09/21 Two confirmed depredations and 211031 Klamath B investigation updated to probable depredation by LAS13 wolf or wolves (Klamath County)
   
     •  11/05/21 Update to LAS13 AKWA map
   
     •  11/03/21 Confirmed depredation by LAS13M wolf or wolves (Klamath County) and confirmed depredation by Rogue Pack  (Jackson County)
   
     •  11/01/21 Two confirmed depredations in Wallowa County and one confirmed depredation by Rogue Pack (Jackson County)
   
     •  10/28/21 ODFW approves lethal removal of one wolf after further depredations by OR30 wolves (Umatilla County)

ODFW has authorized lethal action and will provide a kill permit to a livestock producer who requested the option after ODFW confirmed an additional depredation by wolves on a calf in a private land pasture last week.

Since early June, OR30 wolves have depredated six times on private land pastures, resulting in the death or injury of five sheep and five calves. A previous removal permit for these wolves to a different producer expired on Aug. 31 with no wolves taken.

Lethal take can be authorized by ODFW in chronic depredation situations when there is significant risk to livestock present in the area.

The permit allows the producer or their agent to kill one wolf on the private land they are using within the OR30 Wolves Area of Known Wolf Activity. The permit expires Nov. 22, when the one wolf is killed, or when the producer’s livestock are removed from the area, whichever comes first. The producer’s method of take under the permit is restricted to shooting the wolf from the ground.

Under the rules, livestock producers must be using and document non-lethal methods appropriate to the situation before lethal control can be considered. Also, there can be no identified circumstances on the property (such as bone piles or carcasses) that are attracting wolves. During each livestock investigation as well as during each trip to the investigation sites, the Department searched the immediate area for any bone piles, carcasses, or other attractants and found none.

The producer has and continues to remove any dead, sick or injured livestock from their pasture to reduce the risk of attracting predators. They have maintained an increased human presence, working long hours (10-15 hours daily) to check livestock frequently using both horse and ATV. Producers have also hazed wolves late into the night using firearms as noisemakers to scare them off. For several weeks, the producer has also been camping on site to monitor and gather cattle.

Lethal action is authorized with the goal of putting an end to the chronic depredation but livestock producers will also continue to use nonlethal measures.
   
     •  10/21/21 Confirmed depredation by OR30 Wolves (Umatilla County)
   
     •  10/20/21 Three more wolves removed from Lookout Mt Pack; lethal control authorization ends

ODFW removed three more wolves from the Lookout Mt pack today in Baker County (one yearling and two 6-month-old juveniles).

This pack has now been determined to be involved in 12 livestock depredations since July. The most recent depredation happened in mid-October. Before that incident, the pack had not depredated for about a month (not since ODFW removed three other wolves from the pack on Sept. 17). 

Today's action occurred during a helicopter flight and completes the lethal control permit that was announced Sept. 16 (which authorized the take of up to six wolves; two of those could have been taken by livestock producers). This means that no further lethal control of the Lookout Mt wolves is authorized at this time. Livestock producers with a lethal control permit have been notified that their permit is no longer in effect. 

ODFW staff have removed eight wolves from the pack since lethal control was first authorized in late July. As many as three wolves remain—the collared breeding female and up to two juvenile wolves.

"We've seen good results from incremental removal in the past, when removing a few members of the pack reduced or even stopped further depredations," said Roblyn Brown, ODFW Wolf Coordinator. "It's disappointing that was not the case this time."

   
     •  10/18/21 Confirmed depredation by Lookout Mt Pack (Baker County)
   
     •  10/07/21 Confirmed depredation by Balloon Tree Pack (Union County)
   
     •  10/06/21 Three confirmed depredations by Clark Creek Pack (Wallowa County)
   
     •  10/05/21 Confirmed depredation by Balloon Tree Pack (Union County)
   
     •  10/04/21 Confirmed depredation by Balloon Tree Pack (Union County)
   
     •  10/01/21 ODFW approves lethal removal of up to two wolves after repeated depredations in the Ukiah Valley area, Umatilla County

ODFW has authorized lethal action and will provide a kill permit to a livestock producer who requested the option after confirming two depredations in a three-day period in the Ukiah Valley area. The depredations were confirmed on private land pastures on Sept. 25 and Sept. 28, resulting in the death or injury of eight calves.  Lethal take can be authorized by ODFW in chronic depredation situations when there is significant risk to livestock present in the area.

The permit allows the producer or their agents to kill up to two wolves on a portion of the private land they own in the Ukiah and Heppner units. The permit expires Oct. 31, 2021, when the two wolves are killed, or when the producer’s livestock are removed from the area, whichever comes first. The method of take under the permit is restricted to shooting the wolves from the ground.

Under the Wolf Plan rules, livestock producers must be using and document non-lethal methods appropriate to the situation before lethal control can be considered. Also, there can be no identified circumstances on the property (such as bone piles or carcasses) that could be attracting wolves.

ODFW found no attractants. During each livestock investigation as well as during each trip to the investigation sites, the Department searched the immediate area for any bone piles, carcasses, or other attractants and found none.

Prior to the first depredation, the producer has removed dead animal carcasses from the landscape, and continually monitored the health of the cow herd and removed animals that are sick and in risk of attracting predators. Since the first confirmed depredation, the producer has additionally had employees stay with the cattle each night and utilize hazing tools to deter wolves from the area.

At the time of the depredations, there was no area of known wolf activity (AKWA) designated in the area the depredations occurred.  The location of these events is less than two miles from the estimated boundary of the Fivemile Pack.  There is limited location data for the Fivemile Pack and it is possible these wolves are now utilizing areas east of the current AKWA boundary.  Recent public reports have also indicated multiple wolves within ten miles southeast of the depredations.  ODFW has identified an initial area around the presence of the depredating wolves in the Ukiah Valley area to address associated risk to livestock.  ODFW staff are monitoring the region to confirm resident activity by new wolves as well as confirm the current movements of the Fivemile Pack.

Lethal action is authorized with the goal of putting an end to the chronic depredation but livestock producers will also continue to use nonlethal measures.
   
     •  09/30/21 One confirmed depredation in Umatilla County (Ukiah Valley area) and one confirmed depredation in Baker County (Keating AKWA)
   
     •  09/28/21 Confirmed depredation in Umatilla County (Ukiah Valley area)
   
     •  09/21/21 Confirmed depredation by Lookout Mt Pack (Baker County)
   
     •  09/20/21 Confirmed depredation by Lookout Mt Pack (Baker County)
   
     •  09/17/21 ODFW removes three wolves from Lookout Mt Pack

This morning, ODFW field staff lethally removed three wolves from the Lookout Mt Pack on private land. The adult breeding male, a yearling male, and one 5-month-old juvenile were removed to reduce chronic depredation and hopefully change the pack's behavior relating to conflicts with livestock. A total of six wolves were seen during the flight operations, although there could have been others nearby in the timber.

The wolves were located near a dead calf, and a depredation investigation is now ongoing. Initial indications point to another depredation by the Lookout Mt Pack, just four days after a calf depredation was confirmed eight miles away.

Livestock depredations by the Lookout Mt Pack have not been deterred despite extensive non-lethal measures in place since early spring, and the lethal removal of two wolves from the pack in early August. By targeting the breeding male, ODFW hopes to still allow the breeding female to raise any remaining juveniles. Reducing the number of juveniles she will need to feed increases the likelihood that some will survive.

   
     •  09/16/21 ODFW expands Lookout Mt lethal authorization after continued depredations (Baker County)

ODFW is increasing lethal removal efforts on the Lookout Mt pack due to continued depredations and evidence the pack is now focusing on livestock, not natural prey.

The decision comes after nine livestock depredations in two months—despite extensive non-lethal measures in place since early spring, and the lethal removal of two wolves from the pack in early August.  The most recent depredation was confirmed during an investigation on Sept. 13 (a six-month calf killed in a large forested pasture on private land).

The Lookout Mt wolf pack has continued to depredate and presents a significant risk to livestock in the area—a risk that will continue as livestock will be present in the pack’s AKWA (area of known wolf activity e.g. range) all winter. September and October also tend to have higher depredation rates historically on cattle in large rangeland pastures.

Due to this situation, ODFW is issuing limited duration kill permits to four impacted livestock producers that allow them to take two uncollared wolves from the ground on land they own or legally occupy from now until Oct. 31.

ODFW also intends to lethally remove another four wolves, aerially or from the ground, including the VHF-collared breeding male. ODFW does not plan to target the GPS-collared breeding female.

Wolves have been present in this area for two years with little direct conflict. Challenges started in February 2021 when wolves started visiting livestock calving pastures. Producers in the area increased night checks, installed fladry, and hazed wolves from near their calving and winter pastures but depredations began in mid-July and have continued.

Five of those depredations have occurred since ODFW first authorized lethal control on July 29 and removed two 3.5-month-old wolves on Aug. 1. Hazing, human presence, and lethal removal activities have been effective at moving wolves around the AKWA, but depredations unfortunately continued.

The pack currently numbers up to nine wolves. Both Lookout Mt collared adult breeders and five juveniles (now about 50 pounds) have been documented by ODFW as recently as Sept. 8. One or two yearlings are likely still present in the AKWA although they have not been observed since Sept. 1.

Non-lethal measures in place before the depredations started in mid-July have continued. Producers have further increased their presence on the landscape; moved cows to pastures where they believed livestock were less vulnerable based on wolf location information provided by ODFW; hazed wolves out of their herds with firearms; and concentrated livestock in smaller pastures. One producer sold a large group of yearling cattle earlier than planned to reduce risk of additional depredation to those animals.

Since July 29, affected producers have had a lethal control permit allowing them to take up to four uncollared wolves. ODFW initially structured the incremental lethal control to not target collared breeding adults. This was an effort to keep the pack intact and enable the adults to continue to feed remaining juveniles (removing breeding adults is more likely to break up a pack).

It has proven difficult to take wolves from the ground, rather than by helicopter. After failed ground attempts, ODFW removed the two 3.5-month old juveniles from the pack from a helicopter during a flight on Aug. 1 (the yearlings were not observed during the flight or they would have been removed first). Producers have repeatedly shot at wolves chasing their livestock (allowed under Oregon’s “caught in the act” statute) but missed.

ODFW staff have spent over 120 hours on the ground in the Lookout Mt AWKA since July 30 to remove the yearlings and supplement human presence efforts to move wolves away from livestock. Livestock producers have spent hundreds more hours.

There is no evidence that the wolves are being attracted to pastures or other areas with livestock due to bone piles, carcasses or other circumstances. Livestock producers continue to watch for and remove any attractants, and ODFW has not identified any conditions that attract wolves and fosters conflict during its repeated investigations of depredation incidents.

There is evidence that the Lookout Mt pack is focused on livestock even though deer and elk are common and often seen in the same areas where depredations are occurring. Wolves’ preferred prey, elk, are abundant in this unit and currently well over their population management objective.

The wolves have been observed chasing cows during the day multiple times. While monitoring wolf locations and habitat use, multiple clusters of GPS locations (indicating time spent feeding at a location) have been identified and visited either by livestock producers or ODFW staff. Only dead livestock have been located at the clusters, no natural prey have been found.  (The breeding female’s GPS collar provides her location up to eight times per day.)

“This pack has made a shift in their behavior,” says Roblyn Brown, ODFW Wolf Coordinator. “Instead of the occasional opportunistic killing of a vulnerable calf, now they are targeting livestock despite the high numbers of elk and deer in the area where the depredations have occurred and extensive human presence to haze wolves.”

“Previously we avoided removing an adult to keep the pack intact and give the breeding adults a chance to raise the remaining juveniles and to change their depredation behavior”, continued Brown. “We know it’s hard for some to accept any killing of wolves let alone the juveniles, but we structured it this way to try keep the pack intact. Unfortunately, this did not have the desired effect and we are now out of options for this pack to stop depredating on livestock.”

By targeting the breeding male, ODFW hopes to still allow the breeding female to raise any remaining juveniles. Reducing the number of juveniles she will need to feed increases the likelihood that some will survive.

Brown thanked livestock producers for all their work to try to avoid depredation and recognized the impact it has had on their lives. “While nine depredations in relationship to the large number of cattle raised in Oregon might seem like not that big of a deal, this situation has had a huge impact on the individual producers affected,” she said. “Local producers have worked so hard to protect their calves for months now, going above and beyond what they were required to do under Oregon’s Wolf Plan at great personal cost in time, energy, fuel, and other expenses.

“Many things, including other ranch duties, have fallen to the wayside while they have focused on human presence up on the mountain, so we want to express our appreciation for their hard work during this very difficult situation,” she added.
   
     •  09/15/21 Confirmed depredation by Five Points Pack (Union County)
   
     •  09/14/21 Confirmed depredation by Lookout Mt Pack (Baker County)
   
     •  09/10/21 Confirmed depredation by Lookout Mt Pack (Baker County)
   
     •  09/09/21 Confirmed depredation by Wildcat Pack (Wallowa County)
   
     •  09/08/21 Confirmed depredation by Clark Creek Pack (Wallowa County)
   
     •  09/01/21 Expiration of kill permit for OR30 wolves (Umatilla County)

The kill permit issued Aug. 3 that would have allowed a livestock producer in the Meacham area experiencing chronic depredation to kill one wolf expired at midnight on Aug. 31, 2021.

No wolves were taken under the permit.

Cows are still in the private land pasture where two depredations had occurred in late July.  The non-lethal measures that were implemented prior to the depredations have continued and no additional depredations were confirmed in that pasture since July 23.

After an Aug. 29 investigation, ODFW confirmed two additional depredations by the OR30 wolves in another area of the AKWA where a depredation occurred in June.  However, there is no other active lethal take permit for the OR30 wolves at this time.
   
     •  08/31/21 One confirmed depredation by Lookout Mt Pack (Baker County) and two confirmed depredations by OR30 Wolves (Umatilla County)
   
     •  08/23/21 Update on lethal take authorization for Lookout Mt Pack

The initial lethal control authorized by ODFW on July 29 was successful in slowing livestock depredations by the Lookout Mt Pack. Depredations stopped for 18 days after two juvenile wolves were killed by ODFW on Aug. 1. The Lookout Mt Pack had previously killed or injured five cows in five separate incidents over a 14 day period in late July. A permit issued to producers to remove wolves expired on Aug. 21.

Nonlethal measures continued during the previous permit period and continue to date, with livestock producers continuing their high level of daily human presence, hazing wolves, removing injured cattle, moving cattle to different pastures, and coordinating with other landowners and ODFW biologists to focus nonlethal activities in the appropriate areas.

Unfortunately, another livestock depredation by the pack was confirmed on Friday, Aug. 19 and ODFW is issuing a new permit for an additional three weeks (expires Sept. 14, 2021).

ODFW has a responsibility to address continued chronic livestock depredation by wolves and strives to first pursue incremental lethal control rather than removing entire packs to strike a balance between protecting livestock and wolves on the landscape. Other options may be considered in situations where incremental lethal control and nonlethal activities are unsuccessful at resolving depredations.

The new permit will allow the three producers who have experienced depredations on their family-run cattle operations on public and private land to kill up to a total of two uncollared wolves. It does not increase the number of Lookout Mt wolves that may be killed (the original permit allowed for up to four uncollared wolves to be taken). The permit is limited to land the producers own or where they legally graze cattle.
   
     •  08/20/21 Confirmed depredation by Lookout Mt Pack (Baker County)
   
     •  08/13/21 Confirmed depredation by Ukiah Pack (Union County)
   
     •  08/03/21 ODFW approves lethal removal of one wolf after repeated depredations by OR30 wolves (Meacham area, Umatilla County)

ODFW has authorized lethal action and will provide a kill permit to a livestock producer who requested the option after confirming three depredations in a two-month period in the OR30 Wolves Area of Known Wolf Activity. The depredations were confirmed on private land pastures on June 2, July 21 and July 23, resulting in the death or injury of five sheep and two calves.  Lethal take can be authorized by ODFW in chronic depredation situations when there is significant risk to livestock present in the area.

The permit allows the producer or their agent to kill one wolf on 4000 acres of private land they own or lawfully occupy in the Mt Emily Unit within the OR30 Wolves Area of Known Wolf Activity. The permit expires Aug. 31, 2021, when the one wolf is killed, or when the producer’s livestock are removed from the area, whichever comes first. The method of take under the permit is restricted to shooting the wolf from the ground. Foothold trapping could also occur but requires the landowner and/or agent to undergo training and final approval from ODFW on required trapping protocols and demonstrated abilities.

Under the Wolf Plan rules, livestock producers must be using and document non-lethal methods appropriate to the situation before lethal control can be considered. Also, there can be no identified circumstances on the property (such as bone piles or carcasses) that could be attracting wolves.

ODFW found no attractants. During each livestock investigation as well as during each trip to the investigation sites, the Department searched the immediate area for any bone piles, carcasses, or other attractants and found none.

The producer has removed dead animal carcasses from the landscape. Prior to sheep turn-out in late May, the producer searched the pasture for two days for attractants and wolf sign. When available the sheep were night penned in established permanent corrals.  Livestock guardian dogs and a sheep herder were present 24-hours per day for monitoring and protection. Electrified night penning of sheep occurred when the use of an established permanent corral was not available.  They continually monitor the health of the sheep and cow herds and remove animals that are sick and in risk of attracting predators. Since mid-June, the producer has employed a range rider 6-7 days/week with the cows and calves in order to have near constant human presence during daylight hours in the heavily timbered pasture. The range rider is an experienced outdoorsman that has been monitoring for wolf tracks and other sign. The producer has adjusted their turn-out dates later in the year to allow pasturing of larger calves, and chosen the largest of their calves to be put in this pasture. 

OR30 was first observed with another wolf in the Mt Emily Unit within the present AWKA in spring 2020.  The new pair bred but only one pup survived through the end of the year. The group was not designated as a pack during the 2020/21 winter count because there were only three wolves (a pack is four or more wolves). OR30’s radio collar failed in early 2020 so there are no functional radio collars and lack of access to private land has made monitoring this group a challenge this year. It is unknown if the pair bred this year or the number of wolves in the group.

Lethal action is authorized with the goal of putting an end to the chronic depredation but livestock producers will also continue to use nonlethal measures.
   
     •  08/02/21 Confirmed depredation by Lookout Mt Pack (Baker County), depredation happened prior to lethal take authorization
   
     •  07/29/21 ODFW approves lethal action after four depredations in 14 days by Lookout Mt Pack (Baker County)

ODFW has authorized lethal action and will provide a kill permit to a livestock producer who requested the option after ODFW confirmed that the Lookout Mt Pack killed or injured four of their cows in a 14-day period (July 14-26, 2021). Three of the cows were 850-950 lb. yearlings. The pack has been determined to be chronically depredating and presents a significant risk to livestock present in the area.

The permit allows the livestock producers or their agents to kill up to four uncollared wolves in a designated area (a mix of private land and public land where they have a grazing permit) where wolves are determined to be a significant risk to livestock present. The permit expires Aug. 21 or when livestock are removed from the area, whichever comes first. ODFW staff may kill wolves included in the permit to assist the producer.

Under the Wolf Plan rules, livestock producers must be using and document non-lethal methods appropriate to the situation before lethal control can be considered. Also, there can be no identified circumstances on the property (such as bone piles or carcasses) that could be attracting wolves.

ODFW found no attractants during its investigations of depredations. The producers have been implementing non-lethal measures for years and since January 2021 these measures included night checking of calving cows, use of rag box, placing calving cows near house and barns in small 30-acre pastures, hazing wolves out of the calving areas, burying dead calves and cows and frequent communication with ODFW on the wolves’ location.  Since cattle were placed in the large rangeland pastures, the livestock producers have checked them frequently, placed cows in specific pastures based on wolf activity, and recorded and communicated wolf presence to ODFW and neighboring producers.  Since the depredations started on July 14, producers have increased their human presence, hazed wolves using firearms, removed injured livestock from pastures, and shifted cattle to pastures with less forage available to try and prevent further conflict.

The current Lookout Mt wolves were first documented in 2019 and were documented as a breeding pair for the first time in 2020 (meaning they had two pups that survived through the end of the year). Four wolves including two pups were documented at the end of 2020 (these pups would be yearlings now) and seven 2021 pups were observed in May. Currently both adult breeders have functioning radio collars (a VHF and GPS collar).

Lethal action is authorized with the goal of putting an end to the chronic depredation but livestock producers will also continue to use nonlethal measures. 
   
     •  07/27/21 One confirmed depredation by OR30 Wolves (Umatilla County) and two confirmed depredations by Lookout Mountain Pack (Baker County)
   
     •  07/22/21 Confirmed depredations by OR30 Wolves (Umatilla County) and Lookout Mountain Pack (Baker County)
   
      •  07/15/21 Confirmed depredation by Lookout Mountain Pack (Baker County)
   
      •  07/08/21 Confirmed depredation by Ukiah Pack (Union County)
   
      •  06/04/21 Confirmed depredation by OR30 Wolves (Umatilla County)
   
      •  06/01/21 Confirmed depredation by Keating Pack (Baker County)
   
      •  05/17/21 Updates to Rogue AKWA/ADW maps and Conflict Deterrence Plan
   
      •  05/13/21 One confirmed and one probable depredation by Northside Wolves (Grant County)
   
      •  05/03/21 Confirmed depredation by Keating Pack (Baker County)
   
      •  04/21/21 2020 Annual Wolf Report released
   
      •  04/21/21 Updates to 2 AKWA maps (Five Points, Indigo), 1 new AKWA designated (Touchet), and 3 AKWAs no longer active (Minam, Mt. Emily, Snake River)
   
      •  04/07/21 Update to Rogue AKWA and ADW maps
   
      •  02/22/21 Statewide rules for shooting wolves attacking livestock – UPDATE  to 1/13/21 message

Take of wolves caught in the act of biting, wounding or killing continues to be lawful statewide under certain circumstances. Livestock producers in eastern Oregon (Phase III) can also shoot a wolf chasing livestock under certain circumstances. Download the pdf for specific information.

Shooting wolves chasing livestock anywhere in western Oregon (Phase I) is currently not allowed, since there are no current situations of chronic depredation (at least four qualifying events of depredation in the last six months).

If wolves are re-listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act, those federal laws supersede state law and lethal take of wolves for any reason except personal defense is unlawful. Check the legal status of wolves on the ODFW website or sign up for wolf-livestock notification emails to be informed about changes in wolf protection status and current events for livestock producers.​
   
      •  02/11/21 Updates to 22 AKWA maps (Balloon Tree (OR63), Bear Creek, Catherine, Chesnimnus, Clark Creek, Cornucopia, Grouse Flats, Heppner, Keating, Lookout Mt, Middle Fork, Noregaard, North Emily, OR75/OR86 Pair, Pine Creek, Ruckel Ridge, Silver Lake, South Snake, Ukiah (OR60), Walla Walla, Wenaha, White River), and two new AKWAs designated (OR30, LAS13M). ODFW is currently conducting the annual winter count. Additional information will be available in April.
   
      •  01/21/21 Confirmed by Cornucopia Pack (Baker County)
   
      •  01/13/21 Current statewide rules for harassment and take (shooting) of wolves in Oregon (including for wolves caught in the act of attacking livestock)

Since the federal delisting of wolves on Jan. 4, 2021, livestock producers across Oregon can now shoot wolves caught in the act of attacking (biting, wounding or killing) their livestock without a permit in certain situations.  Download the pdf for specific information.  Livestock producers in eastern Oregon (Phase III) can also shoot a wolf chasing livestock under certain circumstances. 

Shooting wolves chasing livestock in western Oregon (Phase I) is not allowed, except in areas and at times that ODFW has determined that a chronic depredation situation exists.  Since there have been at least four qualifying events of depredation in the last six months, a chronic depredation situation exists in the Rogue Pack AKWA at this time.  Livestock producers in the Rogue Pack area of Jackson and Klamath Counties may shoot a wolf chasing livestock if they have been doing specific appropriate non-lethal measures to reduce wolf-livestock conflict and as long as the area remains in a chronic depredation situation. More information is available here.

If wolves are re-listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act in a portion of the state, those federal laws supersede state law and lethal take of wolves for any reason except personal defense is unlawful. Check the legal status of wolves on the ODFW website or sign up for wolf-livestock notification emails to be informed about changes in wolf protection status and current events for livestock producers.
   
      •  01/04/21 ODFW now managing wolves statewide after wolf delisting from federal Endangered Species List
   
          2020  
   
      •  11/30/20 Confirmed depredation by Rogue Pack (Jackson County)
   
      •  11/23/20 New AKWA map (Murderers Creek Wolf) in Grant/Harney Counties
   
      •  11/16/20 Confirmed depredation by Rogue Pack (Klamath County)
   
      •  11/10/20 Two confirmed depredations by Rogue Pack (Klamath County)
   
      •  11/02/20 Confirmed depredation in Harney County (Beatys Butte area)
   
      •  10/12/20 Confirmed depredation in Wallowa County (Zumwalt Prairie area)
   
      •  10/07/20 Confirmed depredation by Heppner Pack (Morrow County)
   
      •  09/24/20 Confirmed depredation by Five Points Pack (Union County)
   
      •  09/16/20 Update to Rogue AKWA and ADW maps
   
      •  09/04/20 Confirmed depredation by Rogue Pack (Klamath County)
   
      •  09/01/20 Confirmed depredation in Union Co (Ruckel Ridge AKWA)
   
      •  08/24/20 Two confirmed depredations by Rogue Pack (Klamath County)
   
      •  08/20/20 Updates to 4 AKWA maps (Clark Creek, OR60, Silver Lake, White River)
   
      •  08/17/20 Confirmed depredation by Rogue Pack (Klamath County)
   
      •  08/12/20 Confirmed depredation by Rogue Pack (Klamath County)
   
      •  08/11/20 Two confirmed depredations by Rogue Pack (Klamath County)
   
      •  07/31/20 Two confirmed depredations by Rogue Pack (Klamath County)
   
      •  07/29/20 Confirmed depredation by Chesnimnus Pack (Wallowa County)
   
      •  07/21/20 Confirmed depredation by Rogue Pack (Klamath County)
   
      •  06/22/20 Confirmed depredation in Umatilla County (Mt. Emily AKWA)
   
      •  05/27/20 Confirmed depredation by Clark Creek Pack (Union County)
   
      •  05/26/20 Confirmed depredation in Wallowa Co (Chesnimnus Pack)
   
      •  05/15/20 Confirmed depredations by Mt. Emily Pack (Umatilla Co) and Rogue Pack (Klamath Co)
   
      •  05/14/20 Confirmed depredation by Rogue Pack (Klamath County)
   
      •  05/04/20 Two probable depredations by Mt. Emily Pack (Umatilla County)
   
      •  04/24/20 Two confirmed depredations by Middle Fork Pack (Wallowa County)
   
      •  04/24/20     Update to Middle Fork AKWA map
   
      •  04/17/20 Confirmed depredation in Union County (Hilgard area)
   
      •  04/15/20 2019 Annual Wolf Report released
   
      •  04/15/20 Updates to 9 AKWA maps (Bear Creek, Catherine, Clark Creek, Grouse Flats, Heppner, Lookout Mt., Mt. Emily, OR63 Wolves, Silver Lake)
   
      •  03/10/20 Confirmed depredation in Baker County (Cornucopia AKWA)
   
      •  02/19/20 One confirmed and one probable depredation by Keating Pack (Baker County)
   
      •  02/06/20 Updates to 19 AKWA maps (Catherine, Chesnimnus, Desolation, Five Points, Heppner, Indigo, Lookout Mt, Middle Fork, Mt. Emily, Noregaard, OR60, OR76 (Bear Creek), Pine Creek, Rogue, Ruckel Ridge, Silver Lake, South Snake, Wenaha, Wildcat), and 4 new AKWA maps designated (Cornucopia, Fivemile, OR63 Wolves, OR75). ODFW is currently conducting the annual winter count. Additional information will be available in April.
   
          2019  
   
      •  11/18/19 Two confirmed depredations by Rogue Pack (Jackson County)
   
      •  10/23/19 Two confirmed depredations by Rogue Pack (Jackson County)
   
      •  09/05/19 Confirmed depredation - Ruckel Ridge Pack (Union County)
   
      •  08/19/19 Confirmed depredation in Wallowa County (unknown wolf or wolves)
   
      •  08/12/19 Confirmed depredation by Five Points Pack (Union County)
   
      •  07/02/19 New AKWA map (Northside Wolves) in Grant County
   
      •  06/18/19 Updated Wolf Plan and associated rules posted on ODFW website. More info.
   
      •  06/14/19 Updates to 5 AKWA maps (Clark Creek Wolves, Heppner Wolves, Lookout Mt. Wolves, OR60, OR76 Wolves) and 2 AKWAs no longer active (OR30 Wolves, OR64)
   
      •  06/04/19 Confirmed depredation by Rogue Pack (Klamath County)
   
      •  05/29/19 Confirmed depredation in Wallowa County (unknown wolf or wolves)
   
      •  05/16/19 Confirmed depredation by Pine Creek Pack (Baker County)
   
      •  05/10/19 May 17 Commission conference call discussing Oregon Wolf Plan
   
      •  04/18/19 Confirmed depredation by Pine Creek Pack (Baker County)
   
      •  04/15/19 ODFW released its draft proposed Wolf Conservation and Management Plan today at www.odfw.com/wolves.

The Fish and Wildlife Commission is expected to vote on the Plan at the June 7 meeting in Salem.

Public testimony will be taken during the June 7 meeting and can also be sent to odfw.commission@odfw.oregon.gov Emails sent by May 23 will be in review materials shared with Commissioners prior to the meeting.

More information.
   
      •  04/08/19 Updates to 8 AKWA maps (Chesnimnus Pack, Grouse Flats Wolves, Keating Wolves, Middle Fork Pack, OR64, Silver Lake Wolf, South Snake Pack, Wildcat Pack) and 2 AKWAs no longer active (OR37, Shamrock Wolves)
   
      •  04/08/19

Oregon’s minimum known wolf count is 137, up 10 percent from last year

State wildlife biologists counted 137 wolves in Oregon this past winter, a 10 percent increase over last year’s count of 124, according to the Wolf Conservation and Management 2018 Annual Report released today.

Read the full news release

   
      •  03/26/19 Confirmed depredation by Rogue Pack (Jackson County)
   
      •  03/21/19 New AKWA posted for Indigo Wolves (Douglas/Lane Counties)
   
      •  03/20/19 Confirmed depredation by Rogue Pack (Jackson County)
   
      •  03/06/19 Probable depredation in Curry County (White Mountain area)
   
      •  03/04/19 Updates to 9 AKWA maps (Catherine Pack, Desolation Wolves, Mt. Emily Wolves, Five Points Pack, Noregaard Pack, North Emily Pack, OR30 Wolves, Pine Creek Pack, Ruckel Ridge Pack), and 2 AKWAs no longer active (Harl Butte Pack, Meacham Wolves).  Additional information will be released in April.
   
      •  02/12/19 Wolf Plan adoption postponed to future meeting
   
      •  01/22/19 Confirmed depredation by Catherine Pack (Union County)
   
      •  01/18/19 Confirmed depredation in Jackson County (Boundary Butte area)
   
      •  01/10/19 Wolf Plan revision to be presented to Commission in March
Some progress made, but stakeholders could not find consensus on several topics
   
      •  01/2/19 Confirmed depredation in Jackson County (Boundary Butte area)
   
          2018  
   
      •  12/24/18 Confirmed depredation in Jackson County (Boundary Butte area)
   
      •  11/18/18 Confirmed depredation in Jackson County (Boundary Butte area)
   
      •  11/10/18 Confirmed depredation in Jackson County (Rancheria area)
   
      •  10/27/18 Confirmed depredation in Klamath County (Wood River Valley)
   
      •  10/24/18 Three confirmed depredations in Klamath County (Wood River Valley)
   
      •  10/24/18 Confirmed depredation in Grant County (Logan Valley area)
   
      •  09/26/18 Confirmed depredation in Jackson County (Boundary Butte area)
   
      •  09/17/18 Confirmed depredation in Wallowa County (Harl Butte area)
   
      •  08/24/18 ODFW to reissue kill permit for wolf after additional livestock loss in Wallowa County

ODFW will reissue a limited duration kill permit to a livestock producer who recently lost another calf to wolves (see investigation on Aug. 20). Since June, this same producer has experienced four depredations to his livestock by the Chesnimnus Wolves in northeast Oregon.

After three of his calves where injured by wolves in June, the livestock producer was issued a kill permit on June 21. No wolves were ever killed under the original permit which expired on July 10.

The new permit will allow the rancher or his agent to shoot one wolf on his public land allotment occupied by his livestock. It expires in 30 days (Sept. 24, 2018). The permit requires that the producer continue implement non-lethal measures and that there are no identified circumstances that attract wolf conflict.

The producer has continued to use non-lethals in the large forested allotment since June, with human presence around the cows/calves including camping out at night; removing injured livestock from the pasture to avoid attracting wolves; and placing remote cameras and monitoring the area for wolf sign and changes in cattle behavior in order to focus human presence.

ODFW employees have documented routine presence of wolves in the area during July and August. ODFW is working to learn more about these wolves and will place a radio collar on a wolf if there is an opportunity.

   
      •  08/22/18 Confirmed depredation by Chesnimnus Wolves (Wallowa County)
   
      •  08/03/18 Confirmed depredation by Chesnimnus Wolves (Wallowa County)
   
      •  07/27/18 Confirmed depredation by Ruckel Ridge Pack (Umatilla County)
   
      •  07/24/18 Confirmed depredation in Wallowa County (Harl Butte area)
   
      •  07/05/18 Updates to Mt Emily Pack, Noregaard Pack, and Meacham Wolves AKWA maps (Union, Wallowa, and Umatilla Co)
   
      •  06/21/18 ODFW to provide kill permit after three depredations by wolves in Wallowa County

ODFW will provide a kill permit to a rancher in Wallowa County who requested lethal removal after three of his calves were injured by wolves in his pasture last week. The permit will allow the rancher or his agent to kill one wolf on the privately owned pasture he leases and his adjacent public land allotment. The permit expires July 10, when he removes his cattle from that pasture. ODFW staff also has the authority to kill the one wolf.

A wolf or wolves in the Joseph Creek area in the Chesnimnus Unit injured three calves in the same privately-owned, open land pasture of the rancher’s over three separate incidents during a three-day period last week. ODFW confirmed the injuries as wolf-caused during two investigations on June 13 and 14.

The area where the depredations occurred is within the Chesnimnus Wolves Area of Known Wolf Activity. Three wolves were counted in this area at the end of 2017 but as there are no working collars in this group, it is unclear if the wolves involved are new wolves using the area, or remnants of the Chesnimnus Pack. ODFW is working to learn more about these wolves and will place a radio collar on a wolf if there is an opportunity.

Under the Wolf Plan rules, livestock producers must be using non-lethal methods and document unsuccessful attempts to solve the situation through these non-lethal means before lethal control can be considered. Also, there can be no attractants on the property (such as bone piles or carcasses) that could be attracting wolves.

ODFW did not identify any attractants on the property when investigating the depredation incidents. In terms of non-lethals, the producer has been checking livestock repeatedly since they were placed in pasture earlier in June; maintained human presence around the cows/calves including checking them during the night; penned the cows/calves in a smaller area after the first two depredations; removed injured livestock from the pasture to avoid attracting wolves; monitored the area for wolf sign and changes in cattle behavior; and arranged for an agent to spend several nights with the cattle after the first depredations.

Removing a wolf is intended to stop further depredations on this producer’s cattle. Authorizing incremental take and providing a kill permit is typically the first step ODFW takes when livestock producers using non-lethal measures cannot stop losses and ODFW believes depredations will continue. In this case, one or more wolves are routinely using this area and cattle will be at risk in this pasture until July 10.
   
      •  06/18/18 Three confirmed depredations in Wallowa County (Joseph Creek area)
   
      •  06/14/18 Confirmed depredation in Wallowa County (Reagin Gulch area)
   
      •  04/19/18 Confirmed depredation by Pine Creek Pack (Baker Co)
   
      •  04/18/18 Two confirmed depredations by the Pine Creek Pack (4/16/18-A & 4/16/18-B)
   
      •  04/18/18 ODFW staff shot two wolves from the Pine Creek Pack (an uncollared yearling female and an uncollared adult male) this morning. The wolves were on private land and were shot from a helicopter.

Last night (evening of April 17), ODFW announced that additional lethal control of two wolves was authorized after a confirmed depredation on Sunday and two more confirmed depredations on Monday, April 16. These depredations occurred in a different area about 5-6 miles away from the April 6-7 depredations. (Reports on the Monday investigations should be posted online sometime today). The three recent depredations bring the total to five incidents of depredation by the Pine Creek Pack, killing four calves and injuring six calves and affecting two different livestock producers.

Producers in the new area have been implementing non-lethal activities including burying bone piles and removing carcasses. Ranch staff have hazed the wolves away multiple times. Ranch staff have also been patrolling cattle from before daylight until darkness daily and keeping track of the wolves’ location with ODFW assistance.  Finally, ranch staff have delayed turning out cattle on large open range pastures and have moved cattle from pastures where  the most recent depredations occurred.

ODFW had planned to provide the latest producer affected with a kill permit for two wolves, but as ODFW staff have already killed two wolves, no kill permit will be issued to this producer.

The Pine Creek Pack is now estimated to number five wolves including a breeding male (OR50), breeding female and three yearling wolves. One additional wolf from the pack could still be taken back at the site of the April 6-7 depredations by ODFW staff or under a kill permit that expires May 4.
   
      •  04/17/18 Confirmed depredation by Pine Creek Pack and update to the Pine Creek Pack AKWA (Baker County)
   
      •  04/12/18 Updates to 12 AKWAs in northeastern Oregon, Wasco County, and Lake County
   
      •  04/12/18 Oregon home to more than 124 wolves; count finds 11% increase over last year

2017 Annual Wolf Report released today

SALEM, Ore.— ODFW wildlife biologists counted 124 wolves in Oregon this past winter, an 11 percent increase over the number counted last year.

This count is based on verified wolf evidence (like visual observations, tracks, and remote camera photographs) and is considered the minimum known wolf population, not an estimate of how many wolves are in Oregon.

Twelve wolf packs were documented at the end of 2017. Eleven packs were successful breeding pairs, meaning that at least two adults and two pups survived to the end of the year. This marks a 38 percent increase in breeding pairs from 2016.

More information about the minimum wolf count is available in Oregon’s 2017 Annual Wolf Report which was released today. ODFW staff will present an overview of the report to the Fish and Wildlife Commission at their April 20 meeting in Astoria.

Read the full news release

   
      •  04/10/18 Update April 11, 2018

ODFW staff who were already in the area hazing wolves shot and killed an uncollared yearling female wolf of the Pine Creek Pack yesterday afternoon on the private land where previous depredations occurred. Staff shot from the ground (no aircraft were involved).

ODFW to provide kill permit after rancher loses calves to Pine Creek Wolf Pack

Incremental take of two wolves authorized

ODFW will provide a kill permit to a rancher in Baker County, after two confirmed depredations by wolves of the Pine Creek Pack in two days on private property he is leasing to graze his cows. The wolves killed three calves and injured four others.

While the producer requested full pack removal, ODFW is only authorizing the take of two wolves at this time. Under the terms of this permit, the producer can kill up to two wolves on the private property he leases where the depredations occurred, when his livestock is present on the property. The permit expires on May 4. ODFW staff are also authorized to kill the two wolves.

Under the Wolf Plan rules, livestock producers must be using non-lethal methods and document unsuccessful attempts to solve the situation through these non-lethal means before lethal control can be considered. Also, there can be no attractants on the property (such as bone piles or carcasses) that could be attracting wolves.

ODFW determined that there were no attractants on the property when it responded to a depredation report late last week. In terms of non-lethal measures, this producer was penning cattle and pairing calves and cows before turnout (keeping the mother cow with her calf can help deter depredation). This producer had delayed turning out his cattle and before he did, he and range riders watched for wolf activity but saw none. After the first report of wolves in the area chasing his cows, the producer used the range riders to check cattle and harass wolves. After the second depredation, riders hazed (shot firearms without harming wolves) to get the wolves to move. Beginning Sunday and continuing into Monday, ODFW staff have assisted in non-lethal efforts by using aircraft to haze wolves away from the pasture.

The Pine Creek is a new pack previously referred to as the OR29/OR36 pair. It was designated after ODFW’s winter counts showed it met the definition of a pack (minimum of four wolves travelling together in winter, typically a breeding male and female and offspring). It currently numbers eight wolves—a breeding male and female, five yearlings (wolves born a year ago), and one other adult wolf. The breeding female appears to be pregnant and if she is, is expected to den up in the next 1-2 weeks.

The pack’s breeding male, OR50, was formerly of the Harl Butte Pack but left that pack in October 2017 and joined OR36 in Baker County. The previous breeding male OR29 left the pack in the fall and did not return.

Removing wolves is intended to stop further depredations by the Pine Creek Pack on this producer’s cattle. Authorizing incremental take and providing a kill permit is typically the first step ODFW takes when livestock producers using non-lethal measures cannot stop losses and ODFW believes depredations will continue. In this case, collar data shows these wolves have a pattern of routinely using this property at this time of year and many producers are getting ready to place cows on the neighboring pastures soon.
   
      •  04/10/18 Two confirmed depredations (4/64/7) Pine Creek Pack (Baker County)
   
      •  02/06/18 11/25/2017 investigation changed from probable to confirmed (Union Co)
   
  AKWA maps posted for Mt Emily Pack, Ruckel Ridge Pack, and OR52 wolves (Union and Umatilla Co)
   
      •  02/01/18 Confirmed depredation in southern Mt Emily WMU (Union County)
   
      •  01/25/18 New ADW map and Conflict Deterrence Plan posted for Rogue Pack (Klamath/Jackson Co), obsolete maps and plans removed
   
      •  01/12/18 Two confirmed depredations (1/10, 1/11) Rogue Pack (Jackson County)
   
      •  01/08/18 Confirmed depredation by Rogue Pack (Jackson County)
   
          2017  
   
      •  12/12/17 Confirmed depredation by OR30 group (Union County)
   
      •  12/01/17
Probable depredation in southern Mt Emily WMU (Union County)
   
      •  10/13/17 Confirmed depredation by Harl Butte Pack (Wallowa County)
   
      •  10/12/17 Confirmed depredation by Catherine Pack (Union County)
   
      •  10/06/17 Update on the lethal take authorizations for Harl Butte, Meacham packs

Harl Butte Pack: Additional lethal take authorized

ODFW confirmed an additional two depredations by the Harl Butte Wolf Pack in the past few days, during investigations on a dead calf on private land on Sept. 29 and an injured calf on private land on Oct. 1.

ODFW will now authorize additional incremental lethal take of up to four wolves from the pack, which may be killed either by ODFW staff or by  livestock producers affiliated with a local grazing association who will be provided with a limited duration lethal take permit. The permit is valid until 10/31/2017 and allows them to kill wolves in pastures on public or private land currently occupied by their livestock. 

The Harl Butte pack is currently estimated at nine wolves (six adults and three wolves born this past spring). The younger wolves are likely to weigh between 50-60 pounds by this time of year while adult wolves generally weigh 70-115 pounds. Any wolf in the pack may be taken under the lethal control authorization.

ODFW has removed four adult wolves from the Harl Butte pack since Aug. 3, when it first authorized lethal control after non-lethal measures failed to prevent wolf-livestock depredation. The fourth wolf was killed Aug. 25. “With continued non-lethal measures by the livestock producers throughout the grazing season, we were hoping to see depredations stop after removing four wolves. And six weeks had passed with no depredations since mid-August. Unfortunately, it didn’t last,” said Roblyn Brown, ODFW acting wolf coordinator. “Grazing season is not over and these cattle will be on public land until Oct. 31 and private land even later depending on the weather.”

“As wildlife managers, we are responsible for balancing the conservation of wolves on the landscape with our obligation to manage wolves so that damage to livestock is limited. We need to take further action with this pack,” said Brown.

Livestock producers in the area have continued to use non-lethal preventive measures to limit problems with wolves. These measures include: increased human presence during daytime hours and spending nights outside to protect cattle from wolves; grouped cattle into one pasture instead of several; removed horses from a pasture after ODFW observed a wolf interacting with the horses; and a county and a volunteer range rider have patrolled the area and hazed wolves away from cattle. More info

Meacham Pack: Lethal control expires

The lethal control authorization for a livestock producer with chronic depredation by the Meacham wolf pack on private land ended on Sept. 30. The permit was not renewed because no further depredations have occurred and livestock are mostly removed from the area. While the lethal order authorized the removal of up to two wolves, only one wolf, a female, was killed on Sept. 7 where the previous depredations had occurred. 

ODFW initially said this female wolf was a non-breeding female. Upon further detailed examination of the wolf’s remains, ODFW determined that the female wolf had bred this year. More info
   
      •  10/03/17 Two confirmed depredations, 9/29/17 & 10/1/17 (Wallowa County)
   
      •  09/08/17 Update on Meacham Pack lethal control - Yesterday, a non-breeding adult female of the Meacham pack was killed under the Wolf Kill Permit authorized by ODFW. More info.
   
      •  09/01/17 New AKWA posted for Desolation Wolf (OR53) (Grant County)
   
      •  08/25/17 Update on the Harl Butte Pack
   
      •  08/24/17 Dedicated non-lethal efforts fail to limit Meacham Wolf Pack depredations on private land;
ODFW authorizes incremental lethal take of wolves
   
      •  08/23/17 Confirmed depredation (Meacham Pack)
   
      •  08/18/17 Two confirmed depredations (Meacham Pack - 1 & 2)
   
      •  08/17/17 Two confirmed depredations (Harl Butte Pack & Walla Walla Pack)
   
      •  08/16/17 Update on the Harl Butte wolf pack
   
      •  08/15/17 Confirmed depredation – Meacham Pack (Umatilla County)
   
      •  08/03/17 ODFW moves to lethal take for Harl Butte wolves to limit further livestock losses
   
      •  07/31/17 New AKWA posted for Harl Butte Pack (Wallowa Co.)
   
      •  07/28/17 Confirmed depredation (Harl Butte Pack, Wallowa County)
   
      •  07/24/17 Confirmed depredation (Harl Butte Pack)
   
      •  04/13/17 Confirmed depredation (Harl Butte Pack, Wallowa County)
   
      •  04/10/17 2016 Draft Annual Report and a Draft Revised Wolf Management Plan available
   
      •  04/10/17 New AKWAs posted for Shamrock, Snake River, Harl Butte, and Silver Lake
   
      •  04/10/17 Updates to the Specific Wolves and Wolf Packs pages
   
      •  03/24/17 Confirmed depredation (Shamrock Pack, Wallowa County)
   
      •  03/16/17 ADW map and Conflict Deterrence Plan posted for OR25 in Jackson County
   
      •  03/16/17 New AKWA maps posted for Chesnimnus Pack (Wallowa Co) and OR25 (Klamath Co)
   
      •  03/09/17 New AKWA maps posted for Catherine Pack, Walla Walla Pack, OR29/OR36 Pair, OR30 Pair, and OR37 (Baker, Umatilla, and Union Co)
   
      •  02/28/17 Confirmed depredation (OR25, Jackson County)
   
          2016  
   
      •  11/23/16 Confirmed depredation (Shamrock Pack, Wallowa County) and new Shamrock AKWA map
   
      •  10/24/16 ADW maps and Conflict Deterrence Plans posted for Silver Lake Wolves (Lake Co) and Rogue Pack (Klamath Co)
   
      •  10/21/16 Confirmed depredation (Rogue Pack Area, Klamath County)
   
      •  10/19/16 2 confirmed depredations in Wallowa Co (Chesnimnus pack , wolves in Imnaha WMU)
   
      •  10/10/16 3 confirmed (1, 2, 3) depredations (Rogue Pack Area, Klamath County)
   
      •  10/10/16 Confirmed depredation by Unnamed wolves in Imnaha WMU (Wallowa County)
   
      •  10/05/16 Confirmed depredation (Silver Lake wolves, Lake County)
   
      •  09/30/16 Confirmed depredation by Unnamed wolves in Imnaha WMU (Wallowa County)
   
      •  09/06/16 Confirmed depredation (Mt Emily Pack, Umatilla County)
   
      •  08/26/16 Probable depredation (Mt Emily WMU, Umatilla County)
   
      •  08/23/16 Confirmed depredation (Meacham Pack, Umatilla County)
   
      •  08/04/16 AKWA designated for OR33 (Jackson/Klamath Counties)
   
      •  07/28/16 New AKWA designated for Silver Lake wolves
   
      •  07/21/16 AKWAs designated for North Mt Emily wolves (Umatilla County) and Unnamed wolves in Imnaha & Snake River units (Wallowa Co)
   
      •  07/19/16 Confirmed depredation by Unnamed wolves in Wallowa County (Imnaha Wildlife Management Unit)
   
      •  07/01/16 ADW map and Conflict Deterrence Plan posted for Lower Grizzly Peak area (Jackson Co)
   
      •  06/29/16 Confirmed depredation (Shamrock Pack, Wallowa County)
   
      •  06/28/16 New AKWAs for OR30 (Union/Umatilla Counties), OR35 and Chesnimnus wolves (Wallowa Co)
   
      •  06/15/16 2 confirmed (1, 2), 1 probable wolf depredations (OR33, Jackson County)
   
      •  05/27/16 Confirmed depredation and probable depredation (Umatilla and Wallowa County)
   
      •  05/11/16 Confirmed depredation (Shamrock Pack, Wallowa County)
   
      •  04/26/16 AKWA designated for OR37 (Baker County)
   
      •  04/01/16 AKWA designated for OR29/OR36 Pair (Baker County)
   
      •  03/31/16 UPDATE March 31, 2016: The four wolves of the Imnaha pack associated with recent depredations were shot and killed today by ODFW staff on private land in Wallowa County.
   
      •  03/31/16 Depredations lead to lethal control for wolves in Wallowa County
   
      •  03/30/16 Another confirmed depredation by the Imnaha Pack
   
      •  03/28/16 Two more incidents of Imnaha depredation confirmed (1, 2),  New ADW posted
   
      •  03/28/16 Confirmed Depredation by Imnaha Pack (Wallowa Co)
   
      •  03/17/16 New Imnaha AKWA posted
   
      •  03/11/16 Confirmed Depredation by Imnaha Pack (Wallowa Co)
   
      •  03/10/16 ADW map and Conflict Deterrence Plan posted for Swan Lake Valley (Klamath Co)
   
      •  02/29/16 New AKWA for OR30 in Umatilla County, Rogue Pack and other AKWAs updated with 2015 data.
   
      •  02/29/16 2015 Annual Wolf Report available

Oregon’s known wolf population increased 36% in 2015 and the minimum Oregon wolf population is now 110 wolves. Find out more at the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan 2015 Annual Report which was released today.
   
      •  02/24/16 Confirmed depredation in Klamath County

OR33, a 2-year-old wolf dispersed from the Imnaha Pack in November 2015 and has traveled through 13 counties. OR33 spent 8 days in an area northeast of Klamath Falls in February. During this time a cow was injured and ODFW confirmed it as wolf depredation in the Swan Lake Valley area. OR33 is no longer in that area, and has not yet become resident in any area, so ODFW will not designate an Area of Known Wolf Activity (AKWA) at this time.

An Area of Depredating Wolves (ADW) will be designated and a Conflict Deterrence Plan will be written for the area where the depredation occurred. It is impossible to know where OR33 will travel to next or when he (or other un-collared wolves) will become resident in an area. Livestock producers are encouraged to watch for any signs of wolf activity in the area of their livestock.  In addition, information which may be helpful in minimizing the risk of wolf-livestock conflict can be viewed at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/Wolves/non-lethal_methods.asp. In particular, removal of any livestock carcasses or other wolf attractants where possible can reduce the potential for conflict.
   
      •  01/12/16 AKWA updates for Klamath, Lake and Wallowa counties (OR25, OR28, Shamrock)

In early November 2015, a 2-year-old radio-collared female wolf dispersed from the Mt Emily pack in Umatilla County. By Nov. 19, OR28 had arrived into the area she has continued to use in the Fort Rock and Silver Lake Wildlife Management Units (WMU) of Klamath and Lake County. ODFW has designated an Area of Known Wolf Activity (AKWA) and has evidence that at least one other wolf is using the area.

In December, OR25 left the AKWA he had been using, traveled south through Oregon and visited California. OR25 has now returned to the same area in Klamath County.

ODFW has designated a new AKWA for a pack in NE Oregon. The Chesnimnus pair previously used the Chesnimnus WMU in Wallowa County. In 2015, the pair denned in the Sled Springs WMU and has not returned to the Chesnimnus WMU. Moving forward the new pack will be named the Shamrock Pack.

AKWAs are created where and when wolves repeatedly use an area over time and become established. To help minimize potential wolf-livestock conflict, livestock producers are encouraged to use preventive measures within AKWAs. More information regarding preventative measures.
   
          2015  
   
      •  11/20/15 OR25 AKWA map updated, ADW map and Deterrence Plan posted (Klamath Co)
   
      •  11/17/15 Confirmed depredation by Imnaha Pack (pdf) (Wallowa County)
   
      •  11/12/15 Wolves delisted under Oregon ESA – No changes in wolf management

Earlier this week, ODFW filed rules with the Oregon Secretary of State that removed wolves from the state Endangered Species List in keeping with the Fish and Wildlife Commission’s decision on Monday, Nov. 9

The Commission’s decision changed the wolf’s ESA status but it has no other immediate effect on wolf management in Oregon. Wolves are still protected by the Wolf Plan and its associated rules.

Any take of wolves is highly regulated in Oregon and the delisting does not mean additional take is now allowed. Hunters and trappers may not take wolves in Oregon at this time. The Wolf Plan does not allow for general season sport hunting of wolves in any phase of wolf management.

The delisting also does not change the current management of wolf-livestock conflict. In all phases of the Wolf Plan, non-lethal preventive measures are the tools of choice to address wolf-livestock conflict. 

Wolves in the East Zone will continue to be managed under Phase 2 rules, which do not change with the delisting. Wolves in the West Zone are managed under the ESA-like Phase 1 rules until their population also reaches four breeding pairs for three consecutive years. West of Hwys 395-78-95, the gray wolf remains listed on the federal ESA and any take of wolves in this area is regulated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

The decision to delist was a vote of confidence in the Wolf Plan and its continued implementation. “I think the Wolf Plan has been unbelievably successful in bringing together diverse interests,” said Commissioner Bruce Buckmaster during Monday’s meeting. “I believe we have wolves because of the Plan and the forbearance of eastern Oregonians in abiding by the plan. It is incumbent on everybody to continue sticking with the plan. We need to keep everybody at the table.”

“The big message that we got today is people want to protect wolves and that Oregonians love their wildlife,” said Commissioner Holly Akenson.

The Commission also asked ODFW to explore options to increase penalties for unlawfully taking a wolf. They will also ask the Oregon State Legislature to change the state’s ESA law to allow for listing and delisting of species in only a portion of the state in the future. “I think you can see by us asking for increased penalties and future regulations that [the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission] cares about wolves,” said Chair Mike Finley, while urging various interest groups to continue to work together.

For more information, please see ODFW’s Wolf FAQ.
   
      •  11/05/15 Confirmed depredation in Klamath County (OR25)(pdf) Wolves are on the federal Endangered Species List in this area and US Fish and Wildlife Service guides response to wolf-livestock conflict.
   
      •  10/29/15 Confirmed depredation by wolves (pdf) (Wallowa County, Imnaha pack)
   
      •  09/14/15 Confirmed depredations by Mt Emily pack wolves (8/24/2015, 8/27/2015)
   
      •  08/19/15 Confirmed depredation of livestock by wolves (pdf) (Umatilla County, Mt Emily pack)
   
      •  08/07/15 Confirmed depredation of livestock by wolves (pdf) (Union County, Mt Emily pack)
   
      •  08/03/15 Two new Areas of Known Wolf Activity

ODFW has designated two new Areas of Known Wolf Activity (AKWAs). The new areas are a result of two dispersing radio-collared wolves. OR25, originally from the Imnaha Pack, traveled through the Columbia Basin, Southern Blue Mountains, and Northern and Central Cascade Mountains and has been in the Klamath County area (Sprague wildlife management unit) since May. OR30, originally from the Mt. Emily pack, crossed I-84 and has been resident in the Starkey and Ukiah wildlife management units (Union County) since May.

AKWAs are created where and when wolves repeatedly use an area over time and become established. To help minimize potential wolf-livestock conflict, livestock producers are encouraged to use preventive measures within AKWAs. For more information regarding preventative measures.
   
      •  07/31/15 Commission consideration of wolf delisting moved to October, November meetings

The informational briefing and rulemaking for removing gray wolves from the state Endangered Species list have been delayed until the Oct. 9 meeting in Florence and a November meeting to be held in Salem. These items were originally scheduled for September and October but after consultation with the Chair of the Commission, the decision was made to move the process back due to already full meeting agendas. Commissioners want to provide adequate time for public testimony and discussion during the meetings.

The date for the November meeting will be announced soon on the Commission webpage. Public testimony will be taken at the meetings but can also be emailed to odfw.comments@odfw.oregon.gov Please make sure to include “Comments on Wolf Delisting Proposal” in the subject line of emails.
   
      •  07/06/15 Confirmed depredation of livestock by wolves (pdf) (Umatilla River pack)
   
      •  06/24/15 Confirmed depredations of livestock by wolves in Umatilla (pdf) and Wallowa (pdf) counties (Mt Emily pack and Sled Springs pair).
   
      •  02/24/15 The draft 2014 Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Annual Report (pdf) is available online. It includes the 2014 update for Oregon’s Wolf Population. Nine wolf packs and six new pairs of wolves were documented in Oregon in 2014. Oregon’s minimum known wolf population at the end of 2014 was 77 wolves, including eight breeding pairs.

ODFW staff will brief the Fish and Wildlife Commission on the report at the Friday, March 6 Commission meeting in Salem.
   
      •  01/27/15 Eastern Oregon enters Phase 2 of Wolf Plan after at least seven breeding pairs documented for 2014

2014 Areas of Known Wolf Activity

Additional wolf documented in the Keno area
   
      •  01/13/15 New wolf activity in southwest Cascades. ODFW has documented new wolf activity in the southwest Keno Unit (in the southwest Cascades on a mixture of public and private lands).

Evidence of at least one wolf has been collected twice over the last month. This area is in a part of the state where wolves are protected by both the state and federal Endangered Species Act.

Repeated sign of a wolf requires that the agency designate an Area of Known Wolf Activity (AKWA), and ODFW will complete that next week.

The area this new wolf is using lies within the already established AKWA for the Rogue Pack (OR7), but data on OR7 and the Rogue Pack shows no use of this area recently.  The Rogue Pack AKWA will soon be adjusted to reflect its current use area.

Little is known of this new wolf (e.g., sex, age, origin, other wolves) and efforts to gather additional data will be made by both ODFW and US Fish and Wildlife Service.
   
          2014  
   
      •  12/17/14 New Area of Known Wolf ActivityDesolation Unit. 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.
   
      •  11/13/14 New Area of Known Wolf Activity (AKWA) for OR27-OR24 pair, Sled Springs pair and Unnamed Pack in Catherine Creek / Keating Units no longer AKWAs due to inactivity
   
      •  10/07/14 New Meacham Pack AKWA, ADW map and Deterrence Plan posted
   
      •  09/30/14 Meacham Pack (OR26) depredation qualifies
   
      •  09/25/14 First confirmation of depredation by Meacham Pack (OR26)
   
      •  09/24/14 New Mt Emily Pack AKWA, ADW map and Deterrence Plan posted
   
      •  09/23/14 Confirmed depredation by Imnaha pack qualifies

Two Mt Emily pack depredations qualify (9/15/2014, 9/16/2014
   
      •  09/19/14 New wolf depredation in Mt. Emily pack. On September 15 and 16, ODFW confirmed depredations of sheep by the Mt. Emily pack.  A total of 8 sheep were killed in separate incidents on consecutive nights while on a public land grazing allotment. In addition, two livestock protection dogs were injured and one is missing following the first incident. These depredations are the first attributed to this pack, and also the first time that livestock protection dogs were confirmed injured by wolves. ODFW is working with the producer to increase wolf deterrent measures. ODFW will also be coordinating with area livestock producers, landowners, and other relevant interests to prepare an area specific wolf-livestock conflict deterrence plan per state wolf management rules.
   
      •  08/27/14 Umatilla River pack depredation (pdf) qualifies (pdf)

5/30/14 Wallowa County depredation now qualifies (pdf)
   
       •  08/15/14 Depredation in Wallowa County-Chesnimnus wolves (pdf)

Probable depredation in Umatilla County – Umatilla River wolves (pdf)
   
       •  07/29/14 Chesnimnus wolves ADW map and Deterrence Plan posted
   
       •  07/21/14 Chesnimnus wolves qualification report posted, New AKWA posted
   
       •  07/17/14 Depredation, new wolf activity in Chesnimnus Unit (Wallowa County)

ODFW has confirmed new wolf activity by previously unconfirmed wolves in the Chesnimnus Unit (Wallowa County). The finding was made last night when an investigation confirmed that a domestic calf was killed by wolves in the Cougar Creek Area, on national forest lands (Wallowa Whitman NF) approximately 30 miles north of Enterprise. ODFW had received irregular reports of wolf activity in this area but this is the first recent information showing evidence of resident activity by  more than a single wolf.

At least two to three wolves were believed to be in the area where the calf was killed. These wolves are not believed to be part of any previously known wolf pack. ODFW is now working to gather more information on these new wolves, including determination of their reproductive status, and will attempt to radio-collar individual wolves in this group.

Depredation investigation report (pdf)
   
       •  06/23/14 Two depredations qualify for Umatilla River Pack (6/13/2014, 6/14/2014)
   
       •  06/17/14 Confirmed depredation in Umatilla County – Umatilla River Pack (pdf)
   
       •  06/17/14 Confirmed depredation in Umatilla County – Umatilla River Pack (pdf)
   
       •  06/09/14 New Area of Known Wolf Activity – OR26, Unnamed Pack In Mt Emily Unit
   
       •  06/03/14 Confirmed depredation northeast of Enterprise (pdf)
   
       •  03/14/14 New AKWA and ADW maps posted for Snake River Pack
   
       •  03/04/14 Probable depredation by Snake River pack (pdf)
   
       •  02/24/14 Helpful information sheet on Harassment and Take of Wolves in Oregon (pdf)
   
       •  02/24/14 Two Imnaha Pack qualified depredations from August 2013 no longer count towards lethal control because the six-month period has passed.
   
       •  02/06/14 Imnaha Pack depredation qualifies (pdf)
   
       •  02/04/14 New wolves in Catherine Creek / Keating Units
   
       •  01/30/14 Imnaha Pack depredation confirmed (pdf)
   
       •  01/16/14 IMPORTANT UPDATE – New rules regarding lethal control of wolves by livestock producers

The Fish and Wildlife Commission passed new rules (pdf) about wolves last week, based on a legal settlement over lethal control of wolves.

Under these now permanent rules, livestock producers may take a wolf caught biting, wounding or killing livestock or working dogs, without a permit, under the following circumstances:
  • Wolf is in area of Oregon where it is not federally listed (currently, east of Hwys 395-78-95).
  • Wolf is on land owned or lawfully occupied by livestock producer.;
  • No bait or other intentional attractants have been used.
  • Any take of a wolf is reported to ODFW within 24 hours. The scene must be preserved and the carcass not removed.
  • A livestock producer can allow an agent to take a wolf if written authorization procedures are followed.
These rules also allow for livestock producers to take wolves which are chasing livestock under the same circumstances as above, but there are two additional requirements:
  • ODFW must have determined that wolves in the area are in “chronic depredation” of livestock. (Chronic depredation is defined as four confirmed, qualifying depredations within six months.)
  • Livestock producer must have first undertaken non-lethal actions as defined in rule.
As of today, there are no wolf packs in “chronic depredation” status and the take of wolves chasing livestock is not allowed.
   
          2013  
   
       •  12/5/13 Imnaha Pack depredation qualifies (pdf)
   
       •  12/4/13 New AKWA and ADW maps posted for Snake River Pack
   
       •  12/2/13 Snake River Pack depredation qualifies (pdf)
   
       •  11/26/13 Third Snake River Pack depredation confirmed (pdf)
   
       •  11/18/13 Second Snake River Pack depredation qualifies (pdf)
   
       •  11/14/13 Imnaha Pack AKWA, ADW maps and Deterrence Plan posted
   
       •  11/6/13 Confirmed depredation by Snake River Pack (pdf)
   
       •  10/31/13 Snake River Pack AKWA, ADW maps and Deterrence Plan posted
   
       •  10/29/13 “Probable” wolf depredation by Umatilla River Pack (pdf)
   
       •  10/24/13 Snake River Pack depredation qualifies (pdf)
   
       •  10/16/13 First confirmed depredation by Snake River Pack (pdf)
   
       •  9/20/13 Modification to Umatilla River Pack ADW
   
       •  9/6/13 Change to Umatilla River Qualifying Incident

After further review, ODFW has rescinded the decision to qualify the Aug. 23, 2013 confirmed depredation by the Umatilla River pack as a Qualifying Incident under new wolf management rules (OAR 635-110-0010(8)(a-c).

Under the new rules, ODFW needs to develop and post a Conflict Deterrence Plan within 14 days of the first depredation by a pack. In this case, the Umatilla River Pack Conflict Deterrence Plan did not meet the 14-day deadline. The decision does not change the original confirmation that a wolf or wolves were the cause of death of the goat in this instance.

This change reduces the number of Qualifying Incidents for the Umatilla River Pack from two to one. ODFW only considers lethal control for depredating wolves when there are four Qualifying Incidents within a six-month time period.
   
       •  9/4/13 Qualifying Incident Report – 130821 Wallowa (pdf)
   
       •  8/30/13 Conflict Deterrence Plan posted for Umatilla River Pack
   
       •  8/27/13 ODFW has confirmed two additional depredations—an injured cow by the Imnaha pack (8/22/13), and a dead goat by the Umatilla River pack (8/23/13). Investigation summaries for these depredations are posted on the website.

The Umatilla River pack depredation is a “qualifying incident” (see report), meaning the landowner was using appropriate preventative measures to minimize wolf-livestock conflict. (ODFW has rescinded decision to qualify Aug. 23 incident; see Sept. 6 entry above for more information.) ODFW is waiting on information from the livestock producers to determine if the two confirmed Imnaha Pack depredations (from 8/21 and 8/22) are qualifying incidents.
   
       •  8/23/13 Depredation by the Imnaha wolf pack

ODFW has confirmed a depredation by the Imnaha wolf pack.  ODFW is working to determine if the depredation counts as a “qualifying incident” toward a lethal control decision. (For a depredation to qualify, the affected landowner must have been using at least one preventive measure and removed all reasonably accessible unnatural attractants on his/her property at least seven days prior to the incident.) If this depredation qualifies, it will be the third qualifying depredation within the past six months.

Under new rules agreed to in a settlement with conservation groups and the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association earlier this year, ODFW does not consider lethal control before there are at least four qualifying incidents in a six-month time frame.
   
       •  7/19/13 Modification to ODFW Non-lethal Measures
   
       •  7/18/13 Ability to sign up for email notifications
   
       •  7/18/13 Redesign of Specific Wolf Information page
   
       •  7/18/13 AKWA map for OR7
   
       •  6/3/13 Confirmed Depredation is a Qualifying Incident for Umatilla River pack.
   
       •  5/22/13 Sheep depredation in northern Umatilla County

On May 21, ODFW confirmed that 6 sheep were depredated by wolves which resulted in four dead (3 lambs, 1 ewe), one injured (ram), and one missing (lamb). Wolf tracks were found in the pasture of the dead sheep, and radio-collar data showed that at least one wolf of the Umatilla River Pack was in the area on the night of the depredation. Evidence gathered showed a similar pattern of attack as the depredation events in 2012 in this same general area.
   
       •  5/22/13

Confirmed depredations by Imnaha pack

On May 15, 2013 a yearling cow was confirmed by ODFW to have been killed by wolves of the Imnaha pack. Evidence of at least two wolves was found at the site. In addition, GPS locations from OR4’s radio-collar confirmed that OR4 was present. On May 10, 2013 ODFW also confirmed that a small calf in the same general area had received wolf bite injuries on a hind leg. The calf was expected to survive. These are the third and fourth confirmed wolf depredation incidents by the Imnaha Pack in 2013.

   
       •  1/29/13 ODFW confirmed a livestock depredation by the Imnaha wolf pack yesterday in Wallowa County. Summaries of this investigation and others.
   
          2012  
   
       •  9/2012 ODFW finds “probable” livestock depredations by Imnaha pack (Sept. 14, Sept. 11)
   
       •  9/3/12 Confirmed and probable depredation (pdf) by Imnaha Pack, Wallowa County
   
       •  8/31/12 Confirmed depredation (pdf) by Imnaha Pack, Baker County
   
       •  7/26/12 Confirmed depredation by Imnaha pack, Wallowa County
   
       •  3/8/12 Confirmed wolf depredation by Imnaha Pack (pdf) on three cows
   
       •  1/14/12 Mule a probable wolf kill (Imnaha Pack) (pdf)
   
       •  1/10/12 Bull injury a probable wolf (Imnaha Pack) (pdf)
   
       •  1/7/12 Yearling heifer is confirmed wolf kill (Imnaha Pack) (pdf)
   
  Additional Imnaha Pack wolf/livestock conflict information prior to 2012
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