November 23, 2012 - Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife researchers have discovered for the first time that wolves from two different wolf packs have bred.
|Wolves Baiting a Bison (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Morgan said while the discovery of a wolf born into one pack successfully reproducing in another is not groundbreaking, it does show that packs are dynamic and change over time.
There are now six packs in eight different areas of the state, with wolves in some areas not in a big enough group to yet be considered a wolf pack.
|Wenaha River (Photo credit: Pig Monkey)|
The discovery was made by analyzing scat from the Wenaha pack’s pups. Each time a wolf is caught and collared by the state agency, a genetic sample is taken, Morgan said. The department confirmed with a genetic sample that OR-12 is the progeny of OR-2 of the Wenaha pack and OR-4 of the Imnaha pack.