Here are the first wolf pups in the Cascade Mountains since the 1940s

Remember the “wandering wolf,” OR-7, who traveled from Oregon to California and back while wearing a GPS collar? The US Fish and Wildlife Service discovered that he’s now a proud dad to at least three pups, thanks to some camera trap photo!

The pups are also historic; OR-7 and his mate are the first wolves known to have bred and produced offspring in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains (which stretch from British Columbia to Northern California) since the 1940s! They’re a small, adorable conservation success story.

1: One of OR-7’s cubs
2: One of the pups, who appears to now have a GPS collar of its own
3: Two of the pups
4: Mom, a black wolf (who has not been given a formal designation)
5: And dad, OR-7, in a photo captured in May 2014


I am humbled.