Wolf attacks push state closer to 'lethal control' decision under new rules

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Area of Known Wolf Activity for the Imnaha Pack
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Area of Known Wolf Activity for the Imnaha Pack
The Imnaha Pack was first documented in 2009. By December 2010, the Imnaha pack had up to 16 individuals and was counted as a breeding pair. In 2011, the number decreased to 5 members in the Imnaha pack. The pack produced six pups in 2012 and was counted as a breeding pair with 8 individuals by the end of the year. The 2012 monitoring data for the pack showed a use area of 563 mi2 – much smaller than the 1245 mi2 territory used in 2011. Currently three wolves are wearing radio-collars. Multiple confirmed incidents of depredation have been attributed to this pack every year since 2010. Two wolves were lethally removed in 2011. Within Areas of Known Wolf Activity certain preventative measures are recommended to minimize wolf-livestock conflicts. Assistance with these proactive non-lethal measures is available from ODFW and the ODA Compensation Plan. Though not required, non-lethal measures are important to minimize wolf-livestock conflicts. Should depredations continue and lethal control become necessary, ODFW’s ability to lethally remove depredating wolves will be dependent on the extent that non-lethal measures have been used.