OR-26, a wolf recently collared on Mt. Emily, has his own range north of Meacham in Umatilla County. (ODFW photo)
A new wolf territory was designated this week on Mt. Emily north of Meacham in Umatilla County.
OR-26, a male wolf collared last month, is thought to have a mate and pups, but the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s report said further field surveys are needed to confirm.
Wolf Biologist Russ Morgan said based on game trail photographs, tracks and reports, OR-26’s home range appears to be in a different area than the Mt. Emily pack’s territory.
“OR-26 is in a different area so far,” Morgan said. “He is very localized and not where we know the Mt. Emily pack to be.”
Biologists identified a breeding pair on Mt. Emily in the spring of 2013 and collared a yearling female member of the pack this May.
“After one year we got a collar on that pack,” Morgan said. “The message to me is this is just the starting point. Hopefully, we will figure out how that pack works more effectively.”
A report released by ODFW said the Mt. Emily pack has at least four adult members.
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