Roving wolf moves into California

The gray wolf that has spent more than a month zig-zagging throughout eastern Jackson County and western Klamath County has now wandering into Northern California to become that state's first confirmed wolf in 87 years.

The wolf, known as OR-7, has a satellite-transmitting device on its collar that biologists have used to track its location since it dispersed from the Imnaha pack near Enterprise in September.

That journey has covered more than 700 miles, with the 2 1/2-year-old male's venture capturing worldwide attention.

OR-7 had been south of the Keno area this week and it was confirmed today that the animal crossed into Siskiyou County just a few miles south of the Oregon border, according to the California Department of Fish and Game.

The wolf is protected as endangered in California under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The last confirmed wild gray wolf in California was killed in Lassen County in 1924.

— Mark Freeman

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