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April 21, 2021

Oregon has at least 173 wolves, a 9.5 percent increase over last year

SALEM, Ore.—State wildlife biologists counted 173 wolves in Oregon this past winter, a 9.5 percent increase over last year’s count of 158 according to the Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management 2020 Annual Report released today at odfw.com/wolves.

This annual count is based on verified wolf evidence (like visual observations, tracks, and remote camera photographs) and is considered the minimum known wolf count, not an estimate of how many wolves are in Oregon. The actual number of wolves in Oregon is likely higher, as not all individuals present in the state are located during the winter count.

A total of 22 packs were documented during the count. (A pack is defined as four or more wolves traveling together in winter.) Of those packs, 17 reproduced and had at least two adults and two pups that survived through the end of 2020, making them “breeding pairs.” Seven other groups of 2-3 wolves were also identified.

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January, 2021

ODFW now managing wolves statewide after wolf delisting from federal Endangered Species List

SALEM, Ore.—Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service formally removed most gray wolves in the lower 48 from the Endangered Species List, which turns management over to state fish and wildlife agencies including ODFW.

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Wolf Management

The Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan and associated technical rules guide all ODFW wolf related activities. ODFW manages wolves in two wolf management zones (West Wolf Management Zone, East Wolf Management Zone). Wolves throughout Oregon were delisted from the state Endangered Species List on November 10, 2015. At the time of state delisting, wolves west of Highways 395/78/95 remained listed on the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). Wolves west of Highways 395/78/95 were removed from the federal ESA on January 4, 2021. Wolves are still protected statewide by the Wolf Plan and Oregon statute.

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The goal of Oregon’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan is to ensure the conservation of gray wolves as required by Oregon law while protecting the social and economic interests of all Oregonians. Minimizing wolf-livestock conflict and reducing livestock losses to wolves is an important part of the Wolf Plan.

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