On July 12, remote trail cameras captured new photos of OR7, his mate and growing pups. Biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife initially observed the pups in early June, signifying the first known wolf reproduction in the Oregon Cascades since the mid-1940s.
Update: Results have been received from the University of Idaho on scat samples that were collected in May and July from the area being used by wolf OR7, his female mate and pups in the southwest Cascades. As expected, the samples identified OR7’s mate and two of the pups as wolves. Although results do not indicate specifically where OR7’s mate was born, they show that she is related to other wolves in NE Oregon (Snake River and Minam packs). Scat samples from the two pups confirm their identity as offspring of OR7 and his new mate.
Check out the recent photos at the link below. Note: you'll have to look very closely to see that second pup.
Oregon Spotted Frog to be Protected under the Endangered Species Act
The USFWS announced its decision to extend protection to the Oregon spotted frog as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The species will be protected throughout its range in Oregon and Washington.
The final rule designating critical habitat for the Oregon spotted frog is expected in the fall. Read more>
Reopening of the Public Comment Period for the Draft Economic Analysis: The public comment period that closed on June 18, 2014, is being reopened for 14 days. Comments on the draft economic analysis, including the associated perceptional effects memorandum, must be received or postmarked on or before September 23, 2014. Learn more>
Announcing Revised Draft Bull Trout Recovery Plan and Public Comment Period
The Revised Draft Recovery Plan for the Coterminous U.S. Population of Bull Trout updates the recovery criteria proposed in the 2002 and 2004 draft recovery plans to focus on effective management of threats to bull trout, and de-emhasizes achieving targeted population numbers of adult bull trout in specific areas.
The Service is seeking review and input. Initial public comment will be accepted until December 3, 2014. Read more>
Blue Butterfly (USFWS), Bald Eagle (USFWS), Autumn Landscape (USFWS),
Bull Trout (Courtesy of Rebekah Dodson, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs),
Wolf known as OR7 (USFWS), Oregon spotted frog (Courtesy of Alan St. John), Bull Trout (Courtesy of Joel Sartore).