Wandering Oregon wolf, mate have pups in Cascade Range

Two of wolf OR7’s pups peek out from a log on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest on Monday.

Two of wolf OR7’s pups peek out from a log on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest on Monday. Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Biologists say Oregon’s famous wandering wolf has fathered pups with a mate in the southern Cascade Range — the first confirmed wolf pack in those mountains since the 1940s.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday that biologists went to a site on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest east of Medford on Monday where photos and a GPS tracking collar showed the wolf known as OR-7 has been living with a mate. They saw two pups and may have heard more.

OR-7 set off in search of a mate in September 2011, covering thousands of miles from his birthplace in northeastern Oregon to Northern California and back into southwestern Oregon.

He is a descendant of wolves that were reintroduced in Idaho then migrated into Oregon in the 1990s.

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