ODFW reports that a trapper incidentally captured two wolves in Northeast Oregon near Weston over the weekend.
Both were subsequently radio-collared and released.
The agency describes the wolves as young-of-the-year members of the Umatilla River Pack, a 55-pound male and a 50-pound female.
The licensed trapper was actually attempting to control coyotes in
the area when the two wolves stepped into separate foot-hold traps in
close proximity to each other. “ODFW biologists were able to quickly respond and safely collar and release the wolves,” a statement from the state said.
It’s the third and fourth times that wolves have been incidentally
caught in Oregon; all have been reported to ODFW and the animals
Before the Umatilla duo were let go, they were outfitted with
“lighter-weight GPS collars ideal for younger wolves,” according to
The devices will yield fewer locations than the collars the agency
slips on adult wolves, but could really come in handy should the two
disperse long distances, like OR7 and its lesser known sister, OR5.
The Umatillas have also been involved in a couple depredations in the
past two years. At least one other wolf in this pack is collared, a