Humans don’t know how they decide which way to go, but the choice is as important as any they’ll ever make.One day in 2005 or 2006, a young, black-furred wolf in Idaho decided to head west.B23 was captured and moved in January of 1996 to Dagger Falls, in Idaho’s Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

In essence, a wolf pack is a family, often with aunts, uncles, grandparents, and multiple generations of pups worked into the mix.

In 2009, a field team of fish biologists doing a stream survey sent Morgan a cell phone recording of barking and howling.

By late fall, she’d made the choice to strike out on her own.

She too went west and crossed the Snake into territory as yet unclaimed by wolves.

He typically hunts elk with a longbow and makes his own arrows.

Oregon is a vast territory for a solo wolf tracker, and the new pack produced two rounds of offspring before Morgan caught up with them.

By age two, wolves of both sexes usually leave their birth packs and strike out on their own, sometimes covering hundreds of miles as they search for mates and new territory.

Whatever the reason, when wolves move, they do it with intent—and quickly.

They made a den inside a huge felled ponderosa and cared for their first round of pups, born blind and helpless in early spring.

They were now officially a pack, the first to exist in Oregon for nearly 60 years.

He swam across the Snake River to Oregon, which at the time was beyond the gray wolf’s established range.