SALEM, Ore. – ODFW released its 2016 Wolf Annual Report and a Draft Revised Wolf Management Plan Tuesday, finding the population fairly stable and new areas of activity in northeast and southwest Oregon.
Find both documents at ODFW’s Wolf webpage (www.dfw.state.or.us/wolves)
The documents will be presented (for information only, not adoption) at the upcoming Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting on April 21 in Klamath Falls. The draft Plan will also be presented at a second Commission meeting on May 19 at the Embassy Suites Portland Airport. Public comment is welcome at both meetings or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are some highlights from the Annual Report, which summarizes 2016 wolf management activities and results of annual winter surveys:
- ODFW counted 112 known wolves in Oregon in 2016, up two wolves from 2015. Counts are based on verified evidence (like tracks, sign, remote camera photographs, visual observations) and are considered a minimum known population. Severe winter weather made counting wolves much more challenging this year.
- Surveys documented 11 packs and eight of those were breeding pairs.
- 2016 was the third…