The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says it’s unable to determine the cause of death of a grey wolf in Northeastern Oregon. ODFW fitted the wolf with a collar in late February.
Wildlife managers found the body of the animal a few days later.
Michelle Dennehy is a spokeswoman for ODFW.
Michelle Dennehy: “We don’t know what happened. It’s not clear why the animal died. What we do know is that sometimes in these situations, capture and collaring efforts, animals do die for a variety of reasons. We take every step we can to minimize that risk.”
Dennehy says the wolf was a yearling female from the Imnaha pack.
ODFW believes there are 14 other wolves in that pack.