In 2017, two wolves were documented to be using the White River Wildlife Area and Mt. Hood National Forest and were also observed on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. This marked the first time multiple wolves had been confirmed in Oregon’s north Cascade Mountains.
In 2018, the pair had three pups that survived to the end of the year. The pack was officially designated, making it one of only two wolf packs in western Oregon at the time. (The other was the Rogue Pack.)
In 2019, biologists with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs caught images of six pups born that spring. Click here for video of the pups. In fall 2019, trail cameras operated by Defenders of Wildlife and Cascadia Wild captured images of two wolves that are believed to be the family’s breeding pair. At least two pups survived to the end of 2019 to be counted in the 2019-2020 winter count.
The White River Pack produced at least four pups in 2020 that survived to the end of the year. They were counted as a breeding pair. According to ODFW, “radio-collar data showed a 545 mi² use area with 87%, 12%, and 1% of location data points on tribal, private, and public lands, respectively.”
Current Numbers: 9
Pack Status: Designated as a pack in 2018