Yes! Yes! The wolves are spreading out. First wolves were recently confirmed in north central Washington and now a pack in NE Oregon. Furthermore, they must be protected by the federal government because wolves in the area are now back on the Endangered Species List. They are also protected by Oregon State law.
Story in the Oregonian. First wolf pack in Oregon confirmed in a century. By Jeff Barnard . The Associated Press
News Release from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife–
Contact: Russ Morgan, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 541) 963-2138
Michelle Dennehy, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, (503) 947-6022
Rick Hargrave, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, (503) 947-6020
Gary Miller, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, (541) 962-8509
Joan Jewett, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, (503) 231-6121
Wolf pack with pups confirmed in northeastern Oregon
LA GRANDE, Ore.-A wolf pack that includes both adults and pups was confirmed in a forested area of northern Union County on Friday, the first evidence of multiple wolves and wolf reproduction in Oregon since wolves were extirpated from the state back in the mid-1940s.
Wildlife biologists conducting a howling survey heard the howls of both
adults and pups simultaneously. The exact number of wolves was not
determined, but at least two adults and two pups were heard.
Wolf sign has been observed infrequently in this area since November and
biologists have been conducting regular surveys of the area since.
State and federal biologists will continue to monitor the area to
determine the level of wolf activity. They may also try to capture and
radio-collar the wolves for monitoring.
Experts have long predicted that wolves from the expanding Idaho
population would continue to cross the Snake River and enter Oregon.
Biologists have been investigating evidence of wolves in northeast
Oregon for some time.
ODFW and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials remind the public it
is illegal to shoot a wolf, even one mistaken for another animal such as
a coyote. Any gray wolf in Oregon is listed as an endangered species
under both state and federal law. (While wolves in the eastern third of
Oregon were de-listed form the federal ESA in late March 2008, last week
District Judge Donald Molloy granted a preliminary injunction that
restored federal wolf protections.)
Killing an animal protected under the federal Endangered Species Act is
punishable by a fine of up to $100,000, one year in jail, or both.
Killing a wolf is also a violation of Oregon state game law, with fines
and penalties that are assessed by the court.
Individuals who see a wolf, or suspect or discover wolf activity are
asked to immediately contact one of the following:
* Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Wolf Coordinator Russ
in La Grande: 541-963-2138
* U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wolf Coordinator John Stephenson:
* U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service La Grande Field Office:
Wolf sightings can also be reported online through ODFW’s wolf Web site.
Oregon has a Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, created with
extensive, state-wide public input and collaboration, which was adopted
by the Fish and Wildlife Commission in 2005. More information on wolves
and wolf management in Oregon is available on the website:
Note: No photos of the wolf pack are available, but photos of a wolf
observed back in January in northeast Oregon are available.