The Imnaha wolf pack’s alpha male after being refitted with a working GPS collar on May 19, 2011. Photo courtesy of ODFW.
May 19, 2011
SALEM, Ore.—The Imnaha wolf pack’s alpha male was fitted with a new working GPS collar today.
Its GPS collar stopped working back in May 2010.
The alpha male was found in good condition in a trap
set by ODFW on private land in Wallowa County, east of Joseph, Ore.
He was tranquilized, fitted with a new collar, and released.
The trap was set as part of efforts to catch and kill
two uncollared wolves from the Imnaha pack, to reduce livestock losses
by wolves in the area.
As the two uncollared wolves have been killed, ODFW has now removed traps from Wallowa County.
“We hope the experience discourages the alpha male from
returning to this area, which is private land with livestock
operations,” noted Russ Morgan, ODFW wolf coordinator.