One of Collared Imnaha Wolves Found Dead

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One of the Imnaha pack wolves was found dead yesterday in Wallowa County.

The wolf found was the yearling female collared on Feb. 25. The wolf's radio collar emitted a signal indicating it had been motionless for a minimum of four hours. ODFW was able to reach the site and determine the wolf was dead in the afternoon on March 1.

The wolf's carcass is being transported to Washington State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for a complete examination. While recovering the carcass, ODFW staff observed no visible indication of foul play or any other cause of death.

"Wolves and other wildlife can die in the wild for a variety of reasons," said Russ Morgan, ODFW wolf coordinator. "U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and ODFW are working together to evaluate the death of this wolf, but we will not speculate on the cause until we receive results from a complete forensic examination."

"While this individual wolf’s death is unfortunate, it is not expected to change the status of the pack, which at last count, had 14 other wolves," he added.

It is unknown when the forensic examination will be complete.

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hunter25's picture

I thought it was interesting

I thought it was interesting that they showed the wolf's death as being unfortunate. I bet you won't be able to find many people here with the same sentiments. This whole article reads as if they are still in trouble as a species and not the problem that they have become.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Poison, maybe?  Stress from

Poison, maybe?  Stress from being darted and collared?  maybe.  We might never know.

It will be interesting to watch the spread of these things, and if they are able to take hold like the herds in Montana, Idaho, and such.

jaybe's picture

  According to the article

  According to the article connected with this, there were three wolves that were collared on Feb. 25 and 26 after being tranquilizer darted from a helicopter. It appears that this female was one of them. I know nothing of the areas that are mentioned, but I do know that there has always been a difference of opinion between farmers, hunters and wildlife agencies concerning the presence of wolves in our states. The debate reaches an especially high level when livestock becomes the target of wolves. While ranchers are sometimes financially compensated for their losses, the gut response is that if the wolves were not present, the problem wouldn't exist.

  It will be interesting to see what the findings of this wolf's death are, and what actions will follow.