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Wolf pup is YouTube star

If you like the sound of wolves howling, turn up the volume on your computer and watch a rare, three-minute video of an Oregon wolf pup howling with adults that was shot three weeks ago by a state wildlife biologist.

The video has generated close to 30,000 hits in its first two weeks on the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's gray wolves page.

"It's very rare to get this kind of video," says Michelle Dennehy, ODFW's wolf program spokeswoman. "It's pretty amazing and definitely a cool thing to watch. "It's probably going to be one of our top videos, even though it's only been out two weeks."

The video can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/c6r77qk.

The video was shot July 25 by ODFW assistant wolf biologist Roblyn Brown in the Summit Ridge area of the Snake River wildlife management unit, Dennehy says.

The pup is one of at least three born this year in the Snake River pack, and the video came during a survey of the pups. Photos taken by a remote camera also show at least three adults in the pack.

Wolves are considered to be highly social animals and howling is a common behavior that helps members of packs communicate and stay together, according to the ODFW page. In the video, wolf howls can be heard coming from several miles away.

An 11th-hour request by Lemolo Lake Resort owners to lengthen the fishing season there has been accepted by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission.

The commission will debate the matter when members make final decisions on a new slate of angling regulations set to go into effect Jan. 1. The new rules will remain in effect for the next four years.

The proposal, from resort owner Scott Lamb, calls for adding November and December to the fishing season that now closes Oct. 31. He also asked that the lake be opened to angling April 1 instead of the traditional fourth Saturday in April.

During the period from the fourth Saturday in April through Oct. 31, the limit would remain five trout per day with an 8-inch minimum size and only one trout over 20 inches long. During the new early April, November and December fishing times, the limit would remain the same except that it would be catch-and-release only for brown trout.

Lamb asked the commission to consider the idea after it recommended adoption of a public proposal to open nearby Diamond Lake to year-round fishing, which would leave Lemolo as Douglas County's only lake not open year-round.

The commission will consider it as one of its Class B, or open for debate, proposals when it meets Sept. 7 in Hermiston.

The public can offer comments on the proposal by writing to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Angling Regulations, 3406 Cherry Ave. NE, Salem, OR 97303, or sending an email to rhine.t.messmer@state.or.us.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@mailtribune.com.