After just three weeks of simmering will-they-won't-they tension, wildlife officials report today wolf OR-7's mate has given birth to two furry wolf babies.
The famous OR-7, who made international headlines after walking 1,000 miles from Northeastern Oregon to Northern California, has produced the first offspring west of the Cascades since your grandpappy's day.
In early May, biologists suspected OR-7 had a mate in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest when remote cameras captured several images of what appeared to be a black female wolf in the same area.
I have been learning a lot about wolves lately. Maybe too much. Basically, my life has been this song for the last three months. I've got an inkling for how much you're going to be learning about wolves as they sweep toward us. For most of us, and especially city-dwellers, the return of wolves to Oregon is a really cool thing. Eventually, you'll hear howls at Trillium Lake. Maybe from Forest Park!
From for some people, part of that's kind of scary, too, because it's entirely possible you could be camping at Trillium Lake and settled in for a nice deep slumber in your snuggly-wuggly sleeping bag, and then suddenly a pack of wolves is tearing you apart like a packet of jumbo marshmallows.
This will be possible, is what I'm saying. Other things are possible, too, like Shirley Temple's corpse reanimating, or dinosaurs retaking the planet via intergalactic space travel.