Alpha male wolf alive and well

The alpha male of the Imnaha pack was photographed Aug. 11 leading the alpha female down a trail in an undisclosed loation. The photo was recently published by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The alpha male wolf of the Imnaha pack, widely believed to have been killed, is alive and was photographed by a remote camera at night last month.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife last week published a grainy nighttime photo taken Aug. 11, showing the wolf wearing his radio collar with the pack's alpha female walking behind him on a trail.

As usual, the location of the camera was not revealed.

Until this photo was taken, the pack's top wolf had not been spotted since his GPS collar stopped transmitting in late May.

ODFW officials had stressed that the collars have a high failure rate, but many in the county suspected that the animal had been shot and buried, probably by someone concerned by wolf kills of livestock last spring.

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