Distinctive tracks seen on the east slope of Mt. Hood in December offer proof that wolves are multiplying in Oregon.
Last year, the state had 64 confirmed wolves, up from 48 in 2012. Most of them live in Oregon’s northeast corner, in Baker, Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa counties.
Wolves were hunted nearly to extinction in the last century, and the last Oregon wolf was shot in 1947. They’ve now recovered to where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is removing them from the endangered species list.