Lone Gray Wolf Enters California

The male wolf broke off from a pack in Oregon. Scientists have been tracking his movements with a GPS device.

Sunday, Jan 1, 2012  |  Updated 4:37 PM PDT
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Lone Gray Wolf Enters California

John and Karen Hollingsworth. Courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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A gray wolf that researchers have been tracking for months has crossed into California from Oregon.

If he stays, the 2 ½ year old male would be the first wild gray wolf in the state since 1924, when the last one was killed in Lassen County.

The wolf broke off from a pack in Oregon, where 24 gray wolves have established themselves over the past 12 years.

Gray wolves are controversial because they can kill livestock and pose a danger to humans. They are protected under the Endangered Species Act. The federal government has been trying to re-introduce gray wolves to the west for about 20 years.

Here’s a link to a release from the California Department of Fish and Game about the wolf, called OR7, and the issue of re-introducing gray wolves.
 

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