JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. -- The lone wolf that has captured the attention of the entire Northwest has made his way back to Oregon.
Wolf OR-7 was located in Oregon for the first time since late December at noon Thursday.
As of 12:00 a.m. Friday, he was in Jackson County.
OR-7 had been in northern Siskiyou County, Calif., less than 10 miles from the Oregon-California border for the past 12 days. While OR-7 crossed a state boundary yesterday, his movement was small, only traveling about 30 miles.
“While wolves crossing state boundaries may be significant for people, wolves and other wildlife don’t pay attention to state borders,” said Russ Morgan, ODFW wolf coordinator. “It’s possible OR-7 will cross back into California and be using areas in both states. ODFW will continue to monitor his location and coordinate with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and California Fish and Game.”
While OR-7 is west of Highways 395-78-95 in Oregon, he remains protected by both the federal and state Endangered Species Acts.
OR-7 left the Imnaha pack in September 2011 and went through Baker, Grant, Lake, Crook, Harney, Deschutes, Klamath and Jackson counties before entering California on Dec. 28, 2011.
While in California, he travelled through eastern Siskiyou County, northeastern Shasta County and then resided in Lassen County for a few weeks.
On Feb. 11 he re-entered Shasta County. About a week later he crossed north into Siskiyou County.
California Fish and Game has been updating his status on their Web site.