When the wolf OR-7 took a historic trek into Western Oregon in 2011, he stayed on his best behavior.
The first known wolf to reach the Cascade Range since canis lupus were exterminated in the 1940s, OR-7 roamed thousands of miles, crossed the California border and eventually settled in Southern Oregon with a mate, raised pups and became head of the Rogue Pack.

In all that time, OR-7 stayed far from humans and hasn’t attacked livestock, becoming the perfect ambassador for wolves as they reclaim historic territory in Oregon’s populous west side.

Five years later, OR-33, another young and roaming wolf, hasn’t been quite so delicate.
The 2-year-old wolf roamed almost within Ashland city limits — a city of more than 20,000 — during recent weeks. He’s been seen by multiple residents, and his photo was captured by a hunter’s trail camera near Emigrant Reservoir, about 6 miles southeast of Ashland.

From June 10-12, OR-33 killed two goats and one lamb at a small livestock operation 1 to 2 miles northeast of Ashland, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“This is probably the closest to a city that we’ve had a livestock depredation, and it is unusual,” UFWS wolf coordinator John Stephenson said. “I’m not sure exactly where city limits (for Ashland) are, but he was darn close.”

Stephenson said OR-33, who is wearing a radio-collar, headed east and is now more than 20 miles away from Ashland. But his appearance and actions have been more than enough to catch the attention of the environmentally conscious and tourist-friendly town.

“With OR-7, almost nobody has seen him, and he’s stayed a long way from humans,” said Greg Roberts, a media personality in Southern Oregon and owner of RogueWeather.com. “This wolf is acting more like David Lee Roth. I’ve had eight people in Ashland say that they’ve seen him around their property.

“And it’s not like we’re talking about a rural mountain town like Prospect or Butte Falls. Ashland is a large town.”