Courtesy Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.
A new pair of wolves in the White River Unit south of Mount Hood has produced at least two new pups this year, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The pups were photographed Aug. 10 by a remote camera on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, marking the first time wolves have reproduced in Oregon’s northern Cascade Mountains since the species returned to the state in the late 1990s.
Wolves living in the area west of highways 395, 78 and 95 are listed as a federally endangered species, and are managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. ODFW removed wolves from the state endangered species list for Eastern Oregon in 2015.
Environmental groups celebrated the news Thursday as another step forward for wolves after they were extirpated from the state decades ago. Josh Laughlin, executive director of Cascadia Wildlands, said the development is also a “stark reminder that we need to ensure strong state and federal protections remain in place for recovering wolves so they can continue to re-occupy their historic territories across Oregon.”
By the end of 2017, Oregon had a minimum known population of 124 wolves, mostly concentrated in the northeast corner of the state.
Ranchers, who have been impacted by wolves preying on their livestock, will meet Thursday with conservationists to find common ground toward management practices as ODFW works to update its Wolf Conservation and Management Plan.
The meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3561 Klindt Drive in The Dalles, is open to the public. Deb Nudelman, a professional mediator with Kearns & West in Portland, will moderate the discussion.