Collared wolf from Snake River pack comes to Baker County

Written by Jayson Jacoby March 05, 2014 08:47 am

By Jayson Jacoby

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A male wolf from the Snake River pack moved into northern Baker County near Medical Springs on Sunday night and was still in that area Tuesday afternoon.

The wolf, designated OR-18, is an adult male, said Brian Ratliff, district wildlife biologist at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Baker City office.

OR-18 is wearing a GPS collar that allows ODFW officials to track its movements.

Ratliff said he is keeping local livestock owners updated on the location of the wolf.

The Snake River pack, the farthest east of Oregon’s eight confirmed wolf packs, was discovered in the fall of 2011.

The pack killed one cow and injured two others in the fall of 2013.

Two male wolves from the pack — OR-15 and OR-18 — were fitted with GPS tracking collars on March 14, 2013.

Meanwhile, Ratliff said he has not heard any reports of residents seeing tracks or other signs from the pack of five wolves that killed at least one deer and one elk in Baker County in February.

At least two of those wolves are genetically related to the Imnaha pack, Oregon’s oldest pack, confirmed in 2009.

ODFW officials hope to fit a tracking collar to at least one of the five wolves, but so far none has been seen.

“It’s been really quiet,” Ratliff said this morning.