Wolf family establishes home in northern Oregon Cascades

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“Area of known wolf activity” has been established in the Northern Cascades. Learn more here.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has designated a new area in the northern Oregon Cascades as an “area of known wolf activity” where a family of wolves has established itself.

The agency made the announcement Monday in a news release.

Biologists with the Confederated Tribe of the Warm Springs found two wolves in the new area in December 2021 on the tribe’s reservation in Jefferson and Waco counties.

No one saw any wolf pups until August of this year, when a trail camera captured them.

ODFW said that proved the wolves had established themselves in the area and said if the group still has at least four wolves by the end of the year, it will be named the Warm Springs Pack.

Area of known wolf activity, or AKWAs, are established when the same wolves use an area over and over again and aren’t just passing through the area.

Wolves in the Cascades are protected under the Endangered Species Act, ODFW said.