OR7 and Mate Raising New Pups!

OR7 and mate Rogue Pack USFWS

Iconic wolf OR7 and his mate are believed to be rearing their second set of puppies. So good to see this little family thriving when there is so much bad news in the wolf world. Many howls and love to you Journey!


New Year Brings New Pups To OR-7 Wolf Pack

Oregon’s wandering wolf’s lonely days are far behind after biologists found evidence that OR-7’s Rogue Pack has expanded by a second set of pups.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife released a video from trail cameras Tuesday that shows the new wolves playing in the Cascades east of Medford, which ODFW shared on its Oregon Wildlife Viewing Facebook page.

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OR7 yearling pups ODFW

OR7 yearling pup!  Hey looks like Mrs. Journey ❤


Photo: Courtesy USFWS

Posted in: gray wolf, biodiversity, OR7

Tags: OR7, Rogue Pack, evidence of new pups

Published in: on July 9, 2015 at 11:31 am  Comments (11)  

OR7 Is A Daddy!


June 5, 2014

Really great news! It’s been confirmed OR7 and his mate have at least two pups.Last month, Oregon wildlife officials said they believed the gray wolf may have found a mate, and on Wednesday they said biologists confirmed the pair produced offspring in the Cascade Range, with two pups spotted on camera in a den.” 

How wonderful! There hasn’t been a breeding pair of wolves in the Oregon Cascades since the 1940’s. Congrats OR7, your indomitable spirit and determination to find a mate and start a family has come true. AND you made history once again by being the first wolves to breed in the Oregon Cascades in over seventy years!


 Famous Oregon wolf that trekked to California has puppies

PORTLAND Ore. Wed Jun 4, 2014 10:02pm EDT

(Reuters) – An Oregon gray wolf famous for roaming in and out of California in search of a mate sired at least two pups, playing his part in the first known wolf breeding in the Cascade Mountain Range within Oregon since the 1940s, officials said on Wednesday.

OR-7, a wolf so named as he was the seventh of his species ever collared in Oregon with a tracking device, made headlines in December 2011 when he turned up in northern California, becoming the first wild specimen confirmed in the Golden state in 87 years.

Since March 2013, OR-7 has spent most of his time in the Cascade Range of southwestern Oregon, but was believed to have returned to California twice earlier this year.

Last month, Oregon wildlife officials said they believed the gray wolf may have found a mate, and on Wednesday they said biologists confirmed the pair produced offspring in the Cascade Range, with two pups spotted on camera in a den.

John Stephenson, wolf biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said that since April, OR-7 has been traveling to find food and returning to the den.

“Each day he comes back to the spot, so he’s been coming back to the den area on a daily basis for a month and half,” Stephenson said. “He’s definitely taking care of the pups.”

Wolves in Oregon and elsewhere across the continental United States were hunted to extinction decades ago. But they were reintroduced to the Northern Rockies in the 1990s, and some later migrated to the state from Idaho.

Oregon’s wolf population is now estimated to number more than 60 animals.

Officials say OR-7 likely has more pups than the two that were spotted, as gray wolves typically breed four to six puppies in a litter.

“This is very exciting news,” Paul Henson, state supervisor of the Oregon office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said in a statement. “It continues to illustrate that gray wolves are being recovered.”

OR-7 was born into northeastern Oregon’s Imnaha wolf pack in April 2009.

Wolves throughout Oregon are protected by the state Endangered Species Act.

In eastern Oregon, they lost their federally protected status in 2011 when Congress lifted Endangered Species Act safeguards for various wolf populations in several states, but protections have remained in place for any animals in the western two-thirds of Oregon.

By coincidence on Wednesday, the California Fish and Game Commission formally voted to list the gray wolf as an endangered species under that state’s wildlife protection laws.



Wandering Oregon wolf has pups in Cascade Range

by Cornelius Swart, KGW.com Staff

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 12:45 PM




Photos: Courtesy USFWS

Posted in: gray wolves, OR7, gray wolf pups

Tags: OR7 a daddy, wolf pups, Oregon Cascade Range, historic moment for Oregon


OR7 The Journey – World Premiere – Sunday May 25, 2014!


‘OR7 – The Journey’,  is a mesmerizing new documentary film about one adventurous young wolf, from Northeast Oregon, who struck out for new country and ended up making history.

While the reasons behind the radio-collared wolf OR7’s extensive journey were most likely humble and based on instincts alone, the moment he stepped into the state of California, in the fall of 2011, OR-7 became a worldwide celebrity. He’s the first wild wolf known to make tracks in California in almost 90 years.


This amazing story has been recreated for the big screen by accomplished Oregon filmmaker, Clemens Schenk. While initially intrigued by this one wolf’s story, researching  the film led the producer to discover issues and social attitudes negatively impacting all wild wolves in the U.S. Exposing the shameful way American wildlife agencies are treating wild wolves became a driving force behind the movie. While telling the story of this captivating wolf’s journey, the film is interspersed with thought-provoking interviews and information that will shake the status quo of so-called “wolf management” in America.

OR7 – The Journey promises to be a treat for the eyes that will touch your heart and soul as well. Order your tickets for the world premiere of ‘OR-7 -The Journey’ in Portland, Oregon, on Sunday, May 25th, here:


Starring in the film is Niwa, a captive-born ambassador wolf, named after the wolf advocacy group, the Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance, which also goes by “NIWA.” Clemens Schenk visited the Wolf People wolf education center in Northern Idaho three times throughout 2013,  to spend time filming Niwa running free in a five acre enclosure at the Wolf People compound. Niwa is a big, sociable, fun-loving wolf with a heart of gold, and he had no trouble at all charming Clemens into picking him as the star! Niwa’s petite and princess-like mate, Maiah, has a few cameo moments in the film, as do the rambunctious young Wolf People pups, Mahaway and Cuan.


Wolf People of Cocolalla is the exclusive dealer of the official OR7-The Journey tee shirts and other souvenirs. Check out the Wolf People online  store at http://www.wolfpeople.com/wolfstore/search.php?mode=search&page=1 to order your own OR7 tee-shirt today!


Howls To OR7,

Ann Sydow

Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance



Photos: Courtesy Ann Sydow

Posted in: gray wolf, OR7

Tags: OR7 – The Journey, Clemens Schenk, NIWA, Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance, Wolf People of Cocolalla, Ann Sydow, World Premiere Sunday May 25, 2014, Ratty and the Watchers

Has Or7 Finally Found Love?

OR7 Lady Love Black Wolf

Is this OR7 Lady Love? 

( “Black female wolf in the same area where OR-7’s GPS collar shows he has been living.” USFWS)

Looks like our wandering hero, OR7, has finally found his lady-love, a striking black female, pictured above, caught on remote camera by USFWS, in the area where OR7 has been living. Can you imagine how beautiful those pups are going to be? Good work Journey! Your persistence paid off (: Finally some good news for a change!!!

This will be the first breeding pair in the Oregon Cascade Mountains for a very, very long time, since the early 1900’s!

Way to go Journey, we certainly want your genes reproduced, you’re a hell of a wolf! HOWLS!!!!

Wandering Oregon wolf may have found a mate

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s famous wandering gray wolf, dubbed OR-7, may have found the mate he has trekked thousands of miles looking for, wildlife authorities said Monday. It’s likely the pair spawned pups, and if confirmed, the rare predators would be the first breeding pair of wolves in the Oregon’s Cascade Range since the early 1900s.

 Officials said cameras in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in the southern Cascades captured several images of what appears to be a female wolf in the same area where OR-7’s GPS collar shows he has been living.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist John Stephenson said it is not proof, but it is likely the two wolves mated over the winter and are rearing pups that would have been born in April. Biologists won’t start looking for a den until June, to avoid endangering the pups.

“It’s amazing that he appears to have found a mate,” Stephenson said. “I didn’t think it would happen. It makes me more impressed with the ability of wolves to survive and find one another.”

Young wolves typically leave their pack and strike out for a new territory, hoping to find a mate and start a new pack.

OR-7 has been looking for a mate since leaving the Imnaha pack in northeastern Oregon in September 2011. His travels have taken him thousands of miles as he crossed highways, deserts and ranches in Oregon, moved down the spine of the Cascade Range deep into Northern California and then back to Oregon, all without getting shot, having an accident or starving

READ MORE: http://news.yahoo.com/wandering-oregon-wolf-may-found-mate-225102258.html



Photos: USFWS

Posted in: gray wolf, OR7

Tags: Or7, Journey, finding a mate, wolves in Oregon Cascades, positive news , black female wolf

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