PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Experts say trail cameras have captured new images of the only wolves known to live in Oregon’s northern Cascades.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the cameras, which operate as part of a collaboration between Defenders of Wildlife and Cascadia Wild, caught pictures of the adult canids, believed to be the breeding pair of the White River Pack.
The pictures were taken last month near the Warm Springs Reservation on Mount Hood’s eastern flank.
Oregon is home to at least 137 wolves, according to the most recent count, but most are clustered in the state’s northeast corner.
In 2017, two wolves were seen in southern Wasco County and, by the next year, they had given birth to a litter of pups. It was the first established pack in the northern Cascades since wolves had been extirpated from the state in the mid-20th century.
In 2019, the pack added six more pups. With three yearlings, six pups and the breeding pair, the pack is now estimated to number 11 wolves.
Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com