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OR7, California’s lone gray wolf, heads north

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The lone California gray wolf with a radio tracking device attached to his collar and who’s meandered along the Oregon border for 2 1/2 years has gone back to Oregon. At least for now. And the Chronicle’s Peter Fimrite blogs that there may be reason to believe we’ve seen the last of him for awhile:

Based on the coordinates from his GPS collar, the animal has been making stops at places he marked a year or more ago, almost as if they were checkpoints.  Clearly, the farther north he goes, the greater his chances are of encountering a female wolf. Kovacs said there could even be collarless wolves close to the border.

Photo is of OR7 in Modoc County in 2011, as captured by a state Fish and Wildlife employee. He’s the first wild gray wolf spotted in California since the 1920s.

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