Thursday, May 21, 2015

Oregon’s roaming wolf OR-7 appears denned up for more pups!

The wolf OR-7 is seen last spring on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Southwest Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. (AP Photo/Oregon Department of Fish and WildlifeMay 3, 2014)


MEDFORD — State biologists say Oregon’s famous wandering wolf, OR-7, appears to be denned up for a second set of pups in the southern Cascades.

The wolf’s satellite tracking collar has finally died, but state Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists are still getting a faint signal from the radio portion of the collar, the Medford Mail Tribune reported .

They can track that with hand-held antennas, and the signal indicates OR-7’s pack has stopped moving around.

Biologist Mark Vargas says biologists won’t disturb the wolves to check for pups until the denning season ends.

OR-7 became famous as his GPS collar, put on in 2011, showed him trekking across Oregon and into Northern California in search of a mate, which he found. Their first pups arrived last year.