Wandering wolf OR-7 may have a pal in Cascades

FILE - This July 9, 2011 trail camera image provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shows wolves from the Imnaha pack on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in northeastern Oregon. (AP Photo/Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)
FILE - This July 9, 2011 trail camera image provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shows wolves from the Imnaha pack on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in northeastern Oregon. (AP Photo/Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s wolf population continues to grow and has spun off another pathfinder that made it to the Cascades.

A draft of the state’s 2013 wolf report says tracks were confirmed last December on the eastern flanks of Mount Hood, about 200 miles west of the wolf packs in northeastern Oregon.

Three-hundred miles south in the southern Cascades, Oregon’s famous wandering wolf, OR-7, has been shuttling between Oregon and California looking for a mate since fall 2011.

The report adds that one of Oregon’s original breeding females, OR-2, has dropped off the radar. Her tracking collar stopped sending signals last summer, and she has not been seen since.

Overall, the number of confirmed wolves statewide has grown from 48 in 2012 to 64 last year.

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