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Meet the alpha male of the Imnaha wolf pack

Ecotrope | May 23, 2011 8:52 a.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 1:38 p.m.

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The Imnaha wolf pack’s alpha male awakes from being tranquilized after being refitted with a working GPS collar by ODFW on Thursday.

The Imnaha wolf pack’s alpha male awakes from being tranquilized after being refitted with a working GPS collar by ODFW on Thursday.

The alpha male of Oregon’s Imnaha wolf pack was fitted with a new GPS tracking collar last week. His former GPS collar stopped working in May of last year.

The re-collaring was an unexpected benefit from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s plan to kill two wolves from the Imnaha pack in Wallowa County.

A trap set by ODFW to capture and kill two younger wolves wound up catching the alpha male. He was found in good condition, tranquilized and fitted with a new collar.

Now that two uncollared wolves have been killed, ODFW has removed traps from Wallowa County.

“We hope the experience discourages the alpha male from returning to this area, which is private land with livestock operations,” said ODFW wolf coordinator Russ Morgan.

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