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Oregon's Wolf Population Now Exceeds 100


May 25, 2014 file photo of a 100-pound adult male wolf in the Mt. Emily unit.

May 25, 2014 file photo of a 100-pound adult male wolf in the Mt. Emily unit.

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Oregon now has more than 100 wolves.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife released its annual wolf report Monday, and it shows Oregon had 110 known wolves in 2015, a 36 percent increase over the year before.

The agency said in a news release it doesn’t count a wolf without hard evidence, and biologists believe the actual population is likely higher.

ODFW wolf coordinator Russ Morgan says northeast Oregon continues to have the most wolves, but there has been additional movement into the southern part of the state.

The report says wolves killed 10 sheep, three calves and one working dog last year. That’s down from 2014, when wolves killed 30 sheep and two cattle.

Seven wolves died in 2015 — three of them were illegally shot.

 

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