The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife captured OR4, the alpha male wolf of the Imnaha pack, and fitted him with a new working GPS collar in the Zumwalt Prairie area of Wallowa County on Wednesday.
The GPS portion of OR4s collar stopped working in January. Since that time, ODFW staff and a range rider have continued to track OR4 using radio telemetry, as that equipment on OR4s collar was still working. However, restoration of the GPS function, which automatically transmits updates of OR4s location, will make it easier to track him and the rest of the Imnaha pack.
ODFW uses this wolf location information to monitor wolf activity. The department also provides it to livestock producers when they have cattle in the area of wolf activity, as part of efforts to try to prevent further livestock losses to the Imnaha wolf pack.