Oregon’s Wolf Growth Halts for the First Time in More Than Ten Years

Two adult wolves from the Walla Walla Pack were caught on remote trail camera Jan. 16, 2016 in northern Umatilla County. (Photo courtesy of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)

In 2023, Oregon’s gray wolf population growth stalled, marking the first year without an increase since their reestablishment in the state, according to a report by Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB). The annual survey by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) confirmed a total of 178 wolves, mirroring the count from 2022 and indicating no growth in population numbers.

The year also saw a record high of 33 human-caused fatalities among these wolves, the most since Oregon

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