State wildlife biologists counted 137 wolves in Oregon this past winter, marking a 10 percent increase over last year’s count of 124, although they concede the actual number of wolves is likely much higher.
Sixteen packs were documented during the count, up from 12 packs in 2017.
“The state’s wolf population continues to grow and expand its range, now into the central Oregon Cascade Mountains too,” said Roblyn Brown, ODFW wolf coordinator.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation maintains that gray wolves, like elk, bears, deer, mountain lions and all other wildlife, should be managed by state agencies.
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(Photo source: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)