12 September 2014
The results are in! This past spring we told you about the exciting news of everyone’s favorite wandering West Coast wolf, known as “OR-7”: the traveling man had found a mate and they were raising a litter of pups. OR-7 and his mate spent the summer denning in Oregon’s southern Cascades, not far from the California border that the wolf has often crossed.
Genetic testing of OR-7’s new lady love confirmed that she is indeed a wild gray wolf, the pups were sired by OR-7, and, most interestingly, the couple may have been raised not far from each other, several hundred miles from the territory they now occupy. OR-7’s mate is related to two packs from northeastern Oregon, the Minam and Snake River. Both of these packs are neighbors to OR-7’s birthpack, the Imnaha. It just goes to show that sometimes even when you leave home, it still follows you wherever you are.
For more information about Oregon’s wolves, check out http://www.dfw.state.or.us/wolves/.