A view of sunrise over the Seven Devils Mountains of Idaho taken from the Imnaha Divide Country of Oregon. I was awakened by wolves howling in unison at sunrise while camping near here looking for them this summer. Unfortunately but not surprisingly, I was unable to locate them after they woke me. But we did hear a sort of ‘bark’ coming from the same direction later in the morning.
Sunset and storm over the Wallowa Mountain Loop Road, a narrow backroad that skirts the Eastern edge of the Wallowa Mountains, bisecting the Imnaha Wolf Pack’s territory and crossing the Imnaha River and canyon before dropping down into the Snake River region of Eastern Oregon’s border with Idaho.
Where will the road lead for the wolves who have once again claimed Oregon as their home? Will the Lupine hunter find a place here, or will they be forced to once again give up their old haunts in the mountains and forests within Oregon’s border?
Driving through a storm in remote wolf country on the way home from a meeting between Russ Morgan, Wolf Coordinator for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Defenders of Wildlife representative Suzanne Stone, Oregon Cattleman’s Association rep Rod Childers, range rider Jason Cunningham, Nez Perce Fisheries supervisor Joe Mccormack, and wolf affected ranchers Dennis Sheehy and Todd Nash.
What kind of future lays ahead for Oregon’s wolves? One that is brighter than their past, a time when they were exterminated via state bounties?
A stock pond on the Zumwalt Prairie of Wallowa County. This area is a known corridor of travel by the wolves, and at least one confirmed calf depredation has taken place on grazing land on the Zumwalt Prairie. The wolves are known to range from the high forest land in the Imnaha Divide country and Eagle Cap Wilderness, to the lower prairies found here on their hunts.