Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A lone, perhaps lonely California wolf

A Michigan gray wolf - photo by Cheanne Chellis
(NOT California Wolf  OR7)

California has 37 million people, five million cows, 500,000 sheep, 30,000 black bears, 5,000 mountain lions β€” and one wild wolf. The wolf, officially known as OR7 is a new immigrant from Oregon that arrived in the Golden State the old fashion way.
It walked there.
  California Dept of Fish and Game states: "The male wolf known as β€œOR7” was born in northeastern Oregon in spring 2009. It weighed approximately 90 pounds when collared with a radio transmitter by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) in February 2011. It is referred to by biologists as OR7 because it was the seventh wolf radio-collared in Oregon. Its collar transmits location information to satellites daily and is expected to continue to function until at least 2013"

  He left his pack in northeast Oregon and began a 1,000 mile wandering trek across the high desert of eastern Oregon and the rugged Cascade Mountains before heading south and crossing into California on December 28th coming within a few miles of the spot the last wild wolf was trapped  in California back in 1924. Much has changed.  The moment this gray wolf crossed the state line he became fully protected by the federal endangered species act administered by the US. Fish and Wildlife Service.  The wolf's apparent lovelorn trek is  being monitored and mapped by Federal and State agencies as he explores his new land of opportunity. 
And with a wolf in California there is controversy brewing that already mirrors the thoughts of humans who despise Michigan wolves. For those that claim wolves will kill "their deer" I say wolves have more right to the deer than a hunter does and just as much right to wait for a kill opportunity at a deer hunter's bait pile as the hunter. 
Wolves are free-roaming  predators that keep the wild in wildlife and establish an equilibrium.
That is the way of the wolf.
Monitor OR7 wanderings on Facebook at: California Wolf
On Twitter at: CaliforniaWolf
  ADDENDUM: I am saddened and angered to add this  comment on the evening of Feb 10.  
I have just learned from Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife that OR7's
pack brother wolf, OR9 has been shot and killed by a trophy "hunter" in Idaho.


Blogger Prtyemnm said...

Wolves are beautiful animals, all animals are. The deer population in this area gets so over abundant, they have"kill off"parties. That to me, is totally uncalled for!

February 8, 2012 at 9:47 AM 
Anonymous Len McDougall, Author said...

I've lived with wolves for over ten years. Tracked them - in the Lower Peninsula - with the Odawa tribe for 5 years prior to that. I've slept alone in the woods with wolves howling literally hundreds of nights. Wolves pose zero danger to humans. If they did, I would know; they'd have told me by now.

February 10, 2012 at 4:47 PM 
Blogger Jonathan Schechter said...

Thank you Len for your thoughts. Those who are fearful of wolves are not aware and still live in a Little Red Riding hood fantasy. As for the comment from "Prtyemnm" wolves do not have "kill off parties" That is a human trait, but I thank you too for taking the time to read the blog.

February 10, 2012 at 8:23 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love the blog!

February 11, 2012 at 3:15 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Facinating read, but saddened about the comment at the end! I just don't understand how some people think it is ok to harm or kill such beautiful creatures!

February 15, 2012 at 1:09 PM 

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