Wolf from Oregon killed by hunter in Idaho

Wolf from Oregon killed by hunter in Idaho
OR16 after being radio-collared Nov. 1, 2012 north of Elgin, Oregon, in Union County. Photo courtesy of ODFW.

ENTERPRISE, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon wolf known to biologists as OR-16 has been killed by a hunter in Idaho.

It's the second gray wolf equipped with a tracking collar to be shot after leaving Oregon, where they cannot be hunted, or shot for attacking livestock.

Oregon wildlife officials say OR-16 was a member of the Walla Walla pack in northeastern Oregon and crossed the Snake River into Idaho on December 19, 2012.

He was shot near Lowman, Idaho, on Saturday, January 19, 2013.

Biologists in Oregon had captured the 85-pound yearling male on November 1, 2012, and fit him with a GPS collar.

Wildlife managers used the data to determine that the young wolf was part of the Walla Walla pack in northern Umatilla County.

The East Oregonian reported that as of Wednesday, 958 wolves have been killed in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming as part of hunts aimed at reducing wolf numbers.

Last year, a wolf known as OR-9 crossed into Idaho and was illegally shot by a hunter who was issued a warning.

KVAL.com staff contributed to this report
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Information from: East Oregonian, http://www.eastoregonian.info

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