Wolves Spotted in Wasco County

Two wolves were spotted by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife cameras in Mt. Hood National Forest earlier this month, marking the first time multiple wolves have been confirmed in the northern portion of the Cascades in Oregon since they were reintroduced to the state in the 2000s.

The two wolves have been documented by ODFW in southern Wasco County in the White River Wildlife Area, Mt. Hood National Forest and Warm Springs Indian Reservation.

This isn’t the first time wolves have been seen in Wasco County. In 2013 a single wolf was spotted near White River and a single wolf was spotted twice in 2015. However, this is the first time multiple wolves have been spotted this far north in Oregon.

Wolves in Wasco County and anywhere west of Hwys 395-78-95 are protected by the federal Endangered Species Act, so U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the lead management agency.

Additional information about Oregon’s wolf population will be available in March, after ODFW completes its annual winter surveys and minimum population count.

The Great Outdoors: Gray Wolves in Southern Oregon

For years, ranchers in Northeastern Oregon have been dealing with the introduction of Canadian gray wolves into the Pacific Northwest and the impact of predation on their cattle and now, ranchers in Southern Oregon are seeing a boom in their wolf population and are starting to deal with some of the same issues.

Central Oregon Daily’s Brian Jennings headed to Klamath County to report on the latest developments for this week’s Great Outdoors, sponsored by Camp Abbot Trading Company in Sunriver.