Gray wolves return to Mt. Hood forest

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Gray wolves have been spotted on the Mt. Hood National Forest, placing even more pressure on wildlife officials to formalize statewide wolf management policy.

On Jan. 4, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife captured images, through wildlife cameras, of two wolves traveling through remote parts of the Mount Hood territory.

This marked the first time since 2000 that more than one wolf was spotted in Oregon’s northern Cascade Mountains. This sighting comes just as the ODFW completes its yearly winter survey and compiles a minimum population count for the species, which will be released to the public in March. The wolves’ appearance in western Oregon also coincides with a state influx in terms of formal policy to guide management of gray wolves following an influx along the Oregon-Idaho border and west to the Cascade Mountains.<<<Read More>>>