PORTLAND, Ore. – Wildlife officials are confirming Wolf OR7 is the father of wolf pups. OR7, his mate, and their babies are located in the Southwest Oregon Cascade Mountains.
Biologists suspected OR7 had a mate somewhere in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest after capturing images of a black female wolf from remote cameras in the area. U.S. Fish and Wildlife and ODFW biologists returned to the area on Monday and discovered two pups.
Samples were taken from the area for DNA analysis, which they said could take several weeks. They believe there could be more pups because litters usually have four to six pups.
Biologists said this may be the first known wolf reproduction in the Oregon Cascades since the mid-1940s.
Wolves throughout Oregon are protected by the state Endangered Species Act. At the end of last year, there were 64 known wolves in Oregon.