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Wolf Roams in California

Wolf Roams in California

The wild wolf named OR7 that was predicted to move into California from Oregon, did so on December 28th. The California Dept. of Fish and Game is tracking the 2.5 year-old male and as of January 11, he was north of Susanville and east of Mount Shasta. There is a deliberate delay in updating OR7′s map maintained by the CA Dept. of Fish and Game, to not disclose his most current location in order to protect him from people who might try to hurt or kill him. For example, in Montana a hunter’s group offered $100 per dead wolf, to encourage shooting of them in the state’s legal hunt.

OR7 is protected in California under the federal Endangered Species Act, so anyone who should shoot him would be subject to stiff punishment.His movements are being tracked by a collar with GPS technology, and information about him is being shared by the California authorities with those in Oregon. He was born into a wild pack in Oregon and moved into California looking for a mate – which he won’t find because he currently is the only wolf there.

So far it has not been reported that he has attacked any livestock, but because he came from a pack that did so in Oregon, it has been anticipated that he probably will. At a meeting with the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors, concern for multiple wolves entering the area and damaging livestock was expressed by ranchers. Conservationists vocalized appreciation for the presence of OR7.

The last confirmed sighting of a wild wolf in California was in 1924. They were wiped out by hunters and trappers. The state of California is not intentionally reintroducing wild wolves, as they were in Idaho and Yellowstone some years ago.

Some research has been conducted into the potential of wild wolves to reestablish themselves in California, and it was determined they could do this because there is enough forested land  (where they typically live) and an adequate wild ungulate presence in the form of mule-deer, for them to hunt and consume.

Image Credit: Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Note: Wolves depicted above are in Oregon and from the same pack as OR7.

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9:38AM PST on Jan 10, 2013

Great that they are in California but please
P L E A S E LEAVE them ALONE!!!!!!

3:46PM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

Let's hope no one will kill that wolf.

11:35PM PDT on Aug 25, 2012

He has gathered quite a pack by now. Last time he was featured by Care2, there appeared to be only one dog and a cat. Wolves could possibly mate with dogs, if Jack London in his book 'Call of the wild" is to be believed.

9:03PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

It's good that there's a wolf in California, but let's just HOPE no one kills him.

11:31AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

I hope Californians will welcome the wolf home soon.

10:55AM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

It's amazing to me that before humans moved onto the wolves land, there was never any problem with a wolf killing another animal for food. Now it's a big problem. But humans killing animals for sport is not such a problem. Does anyone else see what is wrong with this picture?

12:25AM PDT on May 14, 2012

Thanks for this article.

7:49AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

NOTED!

7:34AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

what was the reason to relocate a male without a female.. is this male being tracked to see if he finds a female so it is known wether or not there may already be some wolves in the area??

2:48AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Realistically this will not happen, but what if they moved all the wolves who are in danger of being murdered by so called humans to California.

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