Another wolf pack in northeast Oregon
JOSEPH, Ore. (AP) -- State biologists have identified a new wolf pack in northeastern Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife wolf coordinator Russ Morgan said Friday that the discovery brings to five the number of packs with pups.
He says if four of those packs still have pups by December, that would mark a milestone toward taking wolves off the state endangered species list.
The state wolf plan calls for delisting the gray wolf after four packs successfully produce pups for three years in a row.
Morgan says he was backpacking in the Eagle Cap Wilderness last weekend when he heard howls, and found two adults with five pups in the upper Minam River drainage.
They will be known as the Minam River Pack.