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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Inspite of the periodic, knee-jerk calls for lethal control by Ranchers, Oregon's Wolf population has grown from 14 animals in 2009 to roughly 110 today...............Goes to show that quality habitat coupled with human restraint can indeed bring essential top-down" trophic benefits to our natural systems..................."The Landscape of Fear" is now heightened with both Pumas and Wolves back on the ground and at play in Oregon woodlands.

Wolf Population Booming In Oregon 5 Years After OR-7 Began His Journey

Five years ago this week, a wolf known as OR-7 began a long journey across Oregon. He traveled some 1,200 miles, including a stint in northern California, before settling in southern Oregon. 

Some biologists thought OR-7 would forever remain a wandering bachelor and never pair up. But he found a mate in 2014, and the two have produced pups for the past three years in a row.

Michelle Dennehy with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says much has changed for wolves since OR-7 was born in 2009 in eastern Oregon. 

“At the end of 2009 the state of Oregon had 14 wolves,” said Dennehy. “At the end of 2015, we had a 110 wolves. So you can see that the growth of the wolf population has been huge.”
Remote camera photo of OR7 captured on May 3, 2014, in eastern Jackson County on USFS land.
Remote camera photo of OR7 captured on May 3, 2014, in eastern Jackson County on USFS land.
Courtesy of USFWS
More wolves continue to find their way to southern Oregon, even if they haven’t found mates. Dennehy said there are at least two additional lone males in the region. “There could be other wolves there, we just know about these two wolves because they’re collared,” she said. 
OR-7’s GPS collar died in 2015, but all signs point to him still being around. Earlier this month, OR-7 was captured on camera at a trail monitoring site. 
At seven years old, OR-7 now fits into the category of “elderly” for wolves. In the wild, wolves tend to live 6-8 years, although Dennehy pointed out that OR-7’s dad, OR-4 from the Imnaha pack, lived for 10 years.

OR-7 now heads up the Rogue Pack, one of two wolf groups in southern Oregon. The lesser known OR-3 heads up the Silver Lake Wolves in Klamath County. That wolf embarked on a similar journey to OR-7, from eastern Oregon to southern Oregon in 2011. But because he wasn’t wearing a GPS collar, OR-3 didn’t get the same fame. OR-3 paired with a female wolf that was illegally shot and killed by poachers in early October.
In  Oregon, wolves have been removed from the state endangered species list, although they’re still protected under the federal Endangered Species Act  in western Oregon.

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