Seems our illusive Grey wolf, Oregon 7, or Journey, is spending most of his time in California these days. Over the last four months he has been trotting around four counties in Northern California; Siskiyou, Shasta, Lassen and Modoc, and occasionally stepping back into Oregon. Since April 27th he has been in Southwestern Modoc County. Will he cross the California-Nevada border? On New Years Eve of this year he was only 15 miles from Nevada near Susanville. Some speculated that he may enter the desert where Burning Man is staged. Guess he decided things get a little too hot there!
In other Oregon wolf news, the body of an adult Grey wolf was recently found near Cove, Oregon. It has been determined that the wolf was illegally killed. This makes at least four wolves poached in Northeast Oregon. With a total of about two-dozen wolves in our state, we aren’t off to a very good start.
Also, the alpha male of the Imnaha, known as Oregon 4 was darted on March 28th and his radio collar replaced. A few days later a 94 pound black wolf from the Wenaha pack was captured and collared. Let’s hope these collars serve the benefit of the wolves, rather than the ease in tracking them down.