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 several litters of pups.
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.
The first litter of pups was born in 2014 – two of the pups were 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. At least two pups were confirmed for 2017 and 2018.
Although as yet unconfirmed, it has been reported that OR-7 and his mate may not have successfully denned and pupped in 2019. OR-7 is now 11 years old (a very old man for a wolf) and his mate is likely elderly as well. Originally a black wolf, recent trail cam photos show her coat has now faded to white. No pack member wears an active collar, but state and federal wildlife biologists continue to monitor the pack by trail cameras.
OR7 was not seen during the 2019-2020 winter survey by state biologists, and they believe it is likely he has passed on. His mate is still present in the area with three other wolves.
A beautiful crowdsourced eulogy for OR7 was produced by Oregon Wild.
Current numbers: 4 (the breeding female plus three other adults or subadults)
Pack Status: Designated January 6, 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. OR-7/Journey is believed to have passed on at 11 years old, an extraordinarily long lifetime for a wild wolf. But he was an extraordinary wolf!
Click on the image below to view the beautiful OR-7 story map created by the Wolf OR-7 Expedition team.
Photos & Videos