featured on ANIMAL POST only a month ago (“OR-16″ December 29) after having been radio-collared by federal wildlife workers, was shot dead by a hunter in Idaho last Saturday as part of a recreational hunt.
He was a member of the Walla Walla pack in northeastern Oregon and crossed the Snake River into Idaho last month.
Another Oregon wolf, OR-9, crossed the Snake River about a year ago and was illegally shot by a hunter who was issued a warning for poaching.
OR-9 was a litter mate of OR-7 who has traveled into California, and has been the subject of frequent ANIMAL POST updates.
A spokesman for the conservation group Oregon WIld, said news of the kill of OR-16 comes on the heels of a census showing Oregon wolf numbers have climbed to at least 53 while wolf kills of livestock have declined.
Source: Oregonian, Friday, January 25.