PORTLAND, Oregon (KPTV) –
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says the famous lone wolf OR7 found a mate and had pups in Southern Oregon.
In early May, wildlife officials captured photos of a black female wolf in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, and thought she might have mated with OR7.
On Monday, ODFW biologists went to the area and saw two wolf pups. They say there are likely more, since wolf litters tend to have between four and six pups.
This is the first known time that wolves have reproduced in the Oregon Cascades since the 1940s, which biologists say is evidence that the endangered species is recovering.
As of 2013, there were 64 known wolves in Oregon, most of them in the northeastern corner of the state.