The Rogue Pack live in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Southern Oregon. The breeding male of the Rogue Pack is OR-7 from the Imnaha Pack of NE Oregon. The breeding female is is related to the wolves in the Minam and Snake River packs of NE Oregon. The breeding couple have had two litters of pups.
The first litter of pups was born in 2014 – two of the pups photographed, but there were three pups total. July 2015 scat tests showed that there was a second litter of pups born that year. This was confirmed in August 2015, when trail cameras identified two new pups. On July 12, 2016 two new wolf pups were photographed by trail camera, confirming a new litter of Rogue Pack pups for 2016.
In 2014 local tracker Joe Kruezman found the tracks of OR-7 and his pups. You can read his story about finding the tracks and view a photo of them here.
Current numbers: 8
Pack Status: Designated January 6th 2015.
OR-7: Also named Journey through an international naming competition run by Oregon Wild, OR-7 was the first confirmed wolf in western Oregon since 1947, and the first in California since 1924. After OR-7 left his pack in northeastern Oregon in September 2011, he wandered more than 1,000 miles (1,600 km) through Oregon and Northern California. He is known to have spent time in California for parts of each year between 2011-2014. By 2014, OR-7 had returned to the Rogue River watershed in the southern Cascade Range with a mate, where they became known as the Rogue Pack.
As of Fall 2016, biologists in Oregon have employed efforts to catch and re-collar OR-7, or his mate, using padded foothold traps. It is believed OR-7 and his mate have had seven pups. One pup was discovered in early November 2016 to have left Oregon and found a mate in California’s Lassen County. A second pup that had an injured front right paw has not been seen of late and is believed to be dead. Stay tuned for more updates and confirmation of wolf pack numbers from ODFW’s annual wolf pack count. For the recent news regarding re-collaring OR-7, click here.
Click on the image below to view the beautiful OR-7 story map created by the Wolf OR-7 Expedition team.
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