Wandering Wolf 'OR-7' Appears To Have Found A Home

<p>Image of what ODFW believes is wolf OR-7, taken by trail camera Nov. 14, 2011 south of Willow Lake, Jackson County, Oregon.</p>

Oregon Public Broadcasting

The wolf known as "OR-7" appears to have found a home.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says the wandering gray wolf has spent the summer in Southeast Jackson County and Southwest Klamath County.

"What that tells you is, I think, he's found some good habitat," says Michelle Dennehy, Wildlife Communications Coordinator for ODFW.

It's a rare bit of stability for a wolf whose travels have caught the imagination of at least two states. In September of 2011, OR7 left the Imnaha Pack in Northeast Oregon and wandered hundreds of miles across the Cascades, becoming the first confirmed wolf sighted west of the mountains since 1937. He's been roaming around Southern Oregon and Northern California ever since.

Officials believe OR7 came to the region to find a mate. There's no evidence he's been successful. But he's young - nearly 3.5 years old - and he may not be alone.

Dennehy says, "Where there's one wolf, there's another."

"Of course, everyone would like to see OR7 mate," she says. "And you know what? It could happen."

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

     

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