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Oregon Wolf Pack Mingling, Interbreeding

Researchers have found that Oregon wolves from different packs are breeding — signaling that necessary genetic interchange is taking place.

The East Oregonian reports the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife discovered this week that a wolf born into the Imnaha pack is the breeding male in the Wenaha pack, while the most recently collared wolf has joined the Walla Walla pack.

State wolf coordinator Russ Morgan says the discovery is a confirmation of the necessary genetic interchange among packs. Morgan says the discovery was made through analyzing scat from Wenaha pups.

There are now six packs in eight different areas of the state, with wolves in some areas not in a big enough group to yet be considered a pack.

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