OR-7 Chooses Southern Oregon as Summer Home
Oregon’s wandering lone wolf, known as OR-7, has spent the summer in the forests of the southern Cascade Range in Jackson and Klamath counties.
Now 3-years-old, OR-7 was fitted with a GPS tracking collar as young wolf in northeast Oregon and left his pack there in September of 2011 in a quest for a mate that has taken him deep into northern California.
This summer he has settled in Oregon within an area of about 270 square miles. Oregon Fish and Wildlife spokespersons say he is in what at one time was wolf habitat and has found natural prey to live on. There are no reports of any kind of livestock problems with OR-7.
The battery in OR-7’s tracking collar is nearing the end of a typical three-year life, but no decision has been made about whether or how to replace it. The task would pose risks to both wolf and scientists.