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Harsh Winter Weather Delays Oregon Wolf Count, Management Plan Update


Two adult wolves from the Walla Walla Pack were caught on a remote trail camera Jan. 16, 2016, in Umatilla County, Oregon. Extreme weather in northeast Oregon this winter has disrupted surveys of area wolfpacks.

Two adult wolves from the Walla Walla Pack were caught on a remote trail camera Jan. 16, 2016, in Umatilla County, Oregon. Extreme weather in northeast Oregon this winter has disrupted surveys of area wolfpacks.

Courtesy of Oregon department of Fish and Wildlife

Oregon’s heavy snow in January caused problems for wildlife staff who track the state’s wolf population.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said extreme weather in northeast Oregon, where most of the state’s wolves live, interrupted airplane, helicopter and ground surveys of wolfpacks. As a result, the annual wolf report has been delayed a month and won’t be delivered to the ODFW Commission until its April 21 meeting in Klamath Falls.

The report usually is released in March and typically includes an updated wolf population count and information on the number of breeding pairs in the state. The count provides an information baseline as the commission considers updates to the state’s Wolf Management and Conservation plan. The plan is reviewed every five years, and the commission will most likely adopt an updated version later in 2017.

Although heavy snow and an extended cold snap delayed ODFW’s field work, department spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy said it probably didn’t harm Oregon’s wolves.

Read more at the Capital Press.

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