Monday, April 27, 2015

New Lone #Wolf Wanders Into Central Oregon

File photo of a grey wolf. (AFP PHOTO / JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN        (Photo credit should read JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
File photo of a grey wolf. (AFP PHOTO / JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN (Photo credit should read JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
BEND, Ore. (AP) – A new lone wolf has been tracked into Central Oregon.

The Bend Bulletin reports the wolf’s GPS tracking collar indicates the wolf left the Imnaha Pack in Northeast Oregon weeks ago. The wolf program coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the young male gray wolf wandered into Washington before returning to Oregon and going into the Mount Hood National Forest

John Stephenson says the wolf just started taking off in the past few weeks.

State scientists captured and collared the wolf they call OR-25 last year. It is now about 2 years old, which scientists say is about the right time for them to start wandering.

Two other solitary young males from the Imnaha Pack have trekked into Central Oregon in previous years. One became the first wolf seen in California in nearly 90 years.

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