Wolverine caught on video, Oregon officials confirm fifth sighting


On Thursday, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed the sighting of the wolf — the fifth sighting in western Oregon that had been thought to be extinct in the decades since.

Video captured on April 6 shows a wolf crossing Highway 20 near Sisters, Oregon. Officials with ODFW’s Deschutes office confirmed wolf tracks were found near the site.

The last documented wolf in the Central Cascades region was trapped and killed near Broken Peak in 1969. Since then, the species has been listed as threatened in the state of Oregon, and no hunting or trapping of the animal is allowed.

The first recent sighting was on March 20 along the Columbia River near Portland, marking the first evidence of wolves outside the Wallowa Range in more than 30 years. In the days that followed, there were subsequent sightings in Damascus, Oregon City, and Colton.

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