An endangered gray wolf known as OR-54 that wandered thousands of miles through Northern California was found dead in Shasta County, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife says. https://t.co/aREzOoUtOy
[Photo: CDFW] pic.twitter.com/A0a82MuNPx
— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) February 7, 2020
Wolf OR-54, which took quite a journey in travels around Oregon and Northern California, had a sad ending when she was found dead in Shasta County. Hers is the state’s second wolf death in the last few months. Another wolf, OR-7, was shot to death in Modoc County in December.
Here’s more about the most recent wolf death from the San Jose Mercury News):
The state did not say whether she was killed or died naturally. It is the second wolf death in California, following the shooting of a young male wolf in rural Modoc County in December, 2, 2018.
The daughter of OR-7, the first gray wolf to cross into the state from Oregon in almost 90 years, she explored far beyond her father’s footsteps.
Wearing a radio collar, she covered an estimated 7,646 miles – farther than across the continental United States and back — after leaving her birthplace in Oregon. She was the fourth pup from Oregon’s “Rogue Pack” known to have spent time in the Golden State.
8.700 miles she wandered for a mate. Her journey is now over. Rest in peace, OR-54. ?https://t.co/kjeKfgoCy1
— LupeyLady ? (@LupeyLady) February 7, 2020
BREAKING: California state wildlife officials have announced that OR-54, an endangered gray wolf, was found dead in Shasta County. “This is a tragic development for the early stages of wolf recovery in California.” ???— Amaroq Weiss, the Center https://t.co/QDj8821J8h
— Center for Bio Div (@CenterForBioDiv) February 7, 2020
Endangered gray wolf OR-54, daughter of of California’s famed first wolf OR-7, was found dead in CA's Shasta County yesterday. @CaliforniaDFW is currently investigating her death. She was 3-4 years old.
— Wolf Conservation Center (@nywolforg) February 6, 2020