SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon wolf that wandered across the state to southern Oregon crossed the California border on Wednesday, according to wildlife officials in both states.
Any wild gray wolf that returns to California is protected as endangered under the Federal Endangered Species Act, administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the California Department of Fish and Game said Thursday.
Tracking data puts his most recent location as a few miles south of the Oregon border. It is not possible to predict his next movements, which could include a return to Oregon, wildlife officials said.
"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."
OR-7 is the first wolf confirmed in California since 1924.