SISKIYOU COUNTY, Calif. (KTLA) -- Wildlife biologists say a gray wolf that was wandering in southern Oregon has crossed into California.
Officials say the animal is a 2-1/2 year old male formerly from a pack in northeast Oregon. The wolf, designated OR7, is collared with a Global Positioning System (GPS) device that periodically transmits its location. Biologists have been documenting its travels since February 2011. Based on the GPS data, the wolf is now more than 300 miles from where his journey began. Thursday, the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) learned that OR7 crossed the state line into northern Siskiyou County on Wednesday. Tracking data puts his most recent location as a few miles south of the Oregon border.
Wildlife officials say it's not possible to predict where the wolf will go next; he could return to Oregon. In California, the gray wolf is protected as endangered under the Federal Endangered Species Act. "Whether one is for it or against it, the entry of this lone wolf into California is an historic event and result of much work by the wildlife agencies in the West," said DFG Director Charlton H. Bonham. "If the gray wolf does establish a population in California, there will be much more work to do here."
The last confirmed wild gray wolf in California was killed in Lassen County in 1924.