Oregon’s famous wandering gray wolf known as OR-7 may have found the mate he’s traveled thousands of miles for.
Earlier this month, cameras in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in the Southern Cascades captured photos of what appears to be a black female wolf where OR-7’s GPS collar show’s he has been living. Biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service say it’s not proof but it’s very likely the two wolves mated last winter and are rearing the pups that would have been born in April.
If confirmed, the pups would mark the first known wolf breeding in Oregon since the early 1900’s.
OR-7 made news back in 2011 when he traveled into California becoming that state’s first wolf since 1924. He returned to Oregon in 2013 making eastern Jackson County somewhat of a permanent home.
Can’t get enough OR-7? You can track him on the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website.