4 wolf pups spotted in Eastern Oregon

ODFW This photo of four wolf pups from the Imnaha pack was taken by an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife trail camera in July 2010.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The state Department of Fish and Wildlife says a pack of gray wolves in northeastern Oregon has expanded by at least four pups.

A trail camera captured images of the wolf pups in the Imnaha Wildlife Management Unit in Wallowa County.

Wolf pups are born in April, with litters averaging four to six pups. ODFW officials say they generally start leaving the den in June.

The camera also captured images of six adult wolves, including an alpha female who arrived from Idaho 2 1/2 years ago.

The alpha male was not seen.

The state recently gave Wildlife Services authority to kill two wolves from the Imnaha pack in hopes of discouraging attacks on livestock. The kill order has been suspended through July while a federal judge considers a request by conservation groups for an injunction.

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For photos of the Imnaha pack taken by a trail camera set up by ODFW, go to http://www.dfw.state.or.us/news/images/photo_gallery/wolves_in_the_news/index.html

Copyright 2010 The AP.

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