Free Presentation on Wolverines in Oregon on November 9 in Portland, Oregon

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The Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation invites you to learn about wolverines in Oregon through a free lecture by Dr. Audrey Magoun on Wednesday, November 9 at 6:00 p.m. in Portland.

Wolverines were thought extirpated from Oregon with the last confirmed sightings in the early 1970’s.  Last spring, in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the US Forest Service, Dr. Magoun developed a study plan and initiated field work focused on surveying for wolverines in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.  Earlier this year Magoun and her husband, Pat Valkenburg, deployed motion-detection cameras and flew aerial surveys to detect wolverines at high elevations.  In April of this year their work paid off; 3 different male wolverines were detected at camera stations in the Eagle Cap Wilderness in NE Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains.

With funding from the US Forest Service, Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation, and the Wolverine Foundation, Dr. Magoun’s investigation this winter and spring turns to detection of female wolverines in the study area.

Join us to learn about the wolverine, the detection project in NE Oregon, and the next steps in Dr. Magoun’s research.

Admission is free, but registration is required. Registration for this lecture opens to the general public on October 13, 2011; members of Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation can register now.  Register online at the Foundation’s website, For more information or questions, contact the Foundation at (503) 255-6059. The talk will be held at the Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center of the Ecotrust Building in Portland’s Pearl District, 721 NW Ninth Avenue, Portland.

The Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation supports projects to protect, restore, and provide access to Oregon’s wildlife and outdoor resources.  Since its founding, Oregon Wildlife has directed millions of dollars in funding to fish, wildlife and habitat projects throughout Oregon. Oregon Wildlife and ODFW are working together to implement the Oregon Conservation Strategy, a blueprint and action plan for the long-term conservation of Oregon’s native fish and wildlife and their habitats.

Other topics in the 2011-12 Discovering Wildlife Lecture Series tentatively include bull trout, native turtles, invasive aquatic and terrestrial species, Pacific lamprey, and burrowing owls!

For more information, contact Tim Greseth, OWHF executive director, (503) 255-6059.


Retired2hunt's picture

  A very neat program and all


A very neat program and all within Oregon should partake in some involvement.  The wolverine has been in the USA for a very long time.  The animal is very instrumental in the ecosystem for holding the animal kingdom in check.  Just like any other animal in the USA it needs to be managed to ensure its affects are of a posive within nature.  The mangement of it ensures that it does not become a negative.  Good for Oregon and the people of Oregon.  Manage all of your wildlife.



numbnutz's picture

I remember reading about this

I remember reading about this when it happened back in April. I thought it was pretty cool that she found Wolverines in Oregon. It's been almost 40 years since they were last thaught to be here. This presentation sounds like it might be kind of interesting to attend. I might just have to go check it out. It will be even better if they can find a female now and see if there are any breeding pairs out there. It would be nice to rebuild a population of Wolverines again. They sure are vicous little guys though. I'd hate to jump one of them in the wild. I was thinking about hunting in the Eagle cap Wilderness next year. I wonder where exactly they were so I can avoid the area.

hunter25's picture

Cool program and I bet it's

Cool program and I bet it's interesting. Although they can be a cranky and dangerous animal it's good to see that they have been able to locate some as they thought they were long gone. They say we have none here in Colorado but I swear I saw one myself about 25 years ago. I do know people have seen them for sure in Upper Michigan where I was born also. If I ever get the chance to hunt where they are more common I definately plan to get a tag and hope for a chance to bag one if seen.