Snake River Pack?

Although the wolf population in Oregon took a dip this year, packs continue to proliferate. Sneakcat reports one more pack* has been discovered and it has a pup. The pack is near Idaho close to and adjacent to the Snake River (the Idaho/Oregon border). According its tracks, it has at least 5 members. Their range is in famed Hells Canyon National Recreation and Wilderness.

Sneakcat is doing a a good job reporting on Oregon wolves. More information about this new pack, which might be called the Snake River Pack, and other Oregon wolf movements and activities can be found on Sneakcat, New Oregon wolf pack confirmed in Snake River area.

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*According the rules, a group of wolves is not breeding pair for a given year unless more than one pup survives until Jan. 1. 2012. Using a looser definition of wolf pack, Oregon now has 4 packs.

 

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

11 Responses to Another Oregon wolf pack!

  1. avatar Daniel Berg says:

    Saw some trail cam pics from this pack.

    I helped set up some trail cams to capture pictures of the Teanaway Pack and I was wondering how many of those things get stolen.

    A lot of them are set up at or near dirt roads. There’s nothing really stoping some greaseball from cruising around and snatching them.

    • avatar Bob says:

      Daniel
      Trail cams get stolen all the time, so hide them well, grizzlies also seem to despise them. Friend lost his cam and the fence post it was tied to because the bear didn’t like something, next day both were tooth picks.
      Got to be smarter than the greaseballs.
      Have seen some great wolf and bear shots so good luck.

    • avatar Dude, the bagman says:

      Greaseballs? Maybe some people just don’t like the idea of being filmed by remote cameras while recreating in remote areas.

      Hide them well.

    • avatar WM says:

      Daniel,

      For whom were you placing trail cams, on your own, or with an advocacy group?

      BTW, I have just been looking at and pricing trail cams, and understand some of the Bushnell series can be housed in a heavy locked metal box that can be lag bolted to a tree (doesn’t really hurt the tree, but discourages theft). Cost is an additional $34. I also saw one in the woods in ID (at an illegal archery salt lick I came across, if you can imagine that) that was in one of those metal boxes with a 1/2″ chain wrapped around it. Not many people could steal either, but it probably wouldn’t take more than a big rock to break the lens if it could be reached from the ground.

      • avatar Daniel Berg says:

        WM,

        I was volunteering for Conservation Northwest.

        I’ve been considering picking up a couple of Bushnells as well. The cam I was thinking about is around $225. I want to toy around with the different settings for a while though before actually placing them out in the woods. The cams we had set up through CNW had an issue with being overly sensitive and taking a lot of wind-triggered photos. The memory card holds somewhere around 2,250 photos and it appeared that within a couple of weeks the memory card was full. About 98% of the pictures were wind-triggered, and the other 2% luckily were interesting wildlife photos. The sensitivity setting was on normal, and I’m curious about whether setting the sensitivity on low in a wind-prone area will do the trick. We also cleared small brush from in front of the camera.

        As far as deterring theft, I’m going to look into the heavy locked metal box.

        • avatar bret says:

          wind is a real problem, you need to clear any grass or branches out of the area.

          also good boxes are important so bears don’t mess with it and thieves don’t walk off with it.

          • avatar Daniel Berg says:

            What I’ve been trying to figure out is how close to the camera do you have to clear grass or branches? We cleared the ground within a few feet, but there was stuff within 5 yards would also move in the wind.

    • avatar Jerry Black says:

      Daniel….I recently had a trail cam destroyed by a black bear (another camera I had set up took his picture. Elk and deer will actually rub their noses on the cam ….something new in their territory that attracts them.
      Mine are set up in remote areas so I don’t have a problem with theft. No slob hunters are going to walk that far.

      • avatar Daniel Berg says:

        I’ve seen a lot of pics on the web of bears screwing with the cameras.

        Funny that you mention the elk and deer because there was a doe nosing around one of the cams that triggered quite a few photos.

  2. Trail cams are are an interesting thing. I have one set up in my backyard because I am not sure they belong in the woods unless someone is doing research. However, in my backyard I have taken pictures of raccoons, western gray squirrels, coyote, black bears,opossum, stellar jays,towee, ravens, stripped skunks, dogs, cats and people. I live one block from the downtown of our small town. I believe that on private land you have less of a chance of having them vandalized. I may be that you will need a permit someday to put them on public lands. Tracking animals on public lands, however, is not invasive and more fun than a trail camera. Nothing comes and goes without leaving some evidence.

  3. avatar Ryan says:

    I highly reccomend the Cuddyback cameras, they are my favorite..

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