Ore. searches for elusive wolverines in Cascades

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Oregon wildlife biologists are heading into the Cascades next month to set out dozens of automatic trail cameras in hopes of capturing a photo of a wolverine.

Tim Hiller of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Thursday they hope to develop information that will help federal authorities decide whether to list wolverines under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

Oregon has listed them as threatened since 1987.

The last known wolverine in the high Cascades in Oregon was shot by a hunter in 1963 on Three-Fingered Jack. But three were photographed last year in the Eagle Cap Wilderness in the northeastern corner of the state.

Cameras baited with road-killed deer will be set out in the Mount Jefferson, Mount Washington, and Three Sisters wilderness areas.

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