First wolf in decades reported in southwest Oregon

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MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A 2-year-old male wolf from northeast Oregon has ventured over the crest of the Cascade Range and into Western Oregon.

Biologists say it’s the first confirmed wolf in the area since one was killed in Douglas County and turned in for a bounty in 1946.

Russ Morgan, Oregon’s wolf program coordinator, tells the Medford Mail Tribune (http://bit.ly/vUctiE ) there’s no telling how far the wolf might wander.

He says its transmitter collar shows he left the Imnaha Pack in Wallowa County on Sept. 10, wandered southwest as far as Lake County last week and then headed due west across the Cascades. He was in the Umpqua River drainage in northeastern Douglas County on Thursday.

Morgan said it’s likely that other wolves, without collars, have made it to the Cascades.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/