Wolves have found their way into California again, so it’s newsworthy when these lupine creatures are spotted. In the case of the nomadic female wolf known as OR-54, she’s been an occasional visitor to California in the past, and the Redding Record-Searchlight reports that OR-54 is back in the Golden State and pretty far south from her Oregon roots.
Here’s more from reporter Jim Schultz in Redding:
For a two-year-old gray wolf believed to be the offspring of the famed OR-7 was tracked Friday to the Truckee area in Nevada County, not too far from Lake Tahoe.
But it was only just a short visit.
California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials said the gray wolf, known as OR-54, has since returned to neighboring Sierra County.
Still, her trip to Nevada County was the first known visit of a gray wolf to the region — the farthest south — since the early 1900s.
And where she turns up next is anybody’s guess. …
The report added that the wolf, first spotted in California in Jan. 3 before returning north, has been a mover and shaker, having covered well over 600 miles and five counties in the state. Biologist Kent Laudon, a wolf speclalist with the California Department of Fish and Widlife, told the Record-Searchlight that OR-54 is “a traveling maniac.”
This wolf is making history https://t.co/XeS4e9Qwkx
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