Every 20 or 30 minutes, Tom Collom pulls what looks like an old-fashioned television antenna and radio from his pickup, then slowly revolves it toward the forests flanking the eastern edge of the Sky Lakes Wilderness. He’s listening for a beeping sound from the VHF collar placed Oct. 7 on a 2-year-old female wolf dubbed OR-54.
It’s Friday the 13th, but this is no horror flick.
Collom, an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife district biologist, spent Friday and Saturday nights camped in a large field northwest of Fort Klamath, emerging periodically from his woodstove-heated tent into subfreezing temperatures to listen for the telltale beep. Occasionally he would honk the pickup’s horn, scan the strobe light and feed the fire. A lantern was kept on all night to illuminate the tent, another way of broadcasting a human presence.
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