OR-54, Where Are You? Last Seen In Truckee

OR-54, a gray wolf, has reportedly resurfaced in Northern California. It’s been spending time shuttling back and forth from southern Oregon. (USFWS OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE)

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.”