Good news for wolf lovers: OR-7, the wandering gray wolf that trekked from Oregon into California in recent years, has sired a family. The wolf who became famous for being the first of his kind spotted in California in nearly a century has recently been spotted by wildlife cameras in southern Oregon with a female wolf partner.
Scientists confirmed this week that the pair has mated--making them the first pair of wolves known to breed in the Oregon Cascades since the mid-1940s.
The timing of the pups was fortuitous. This week the California Fish and Game Commission voted to protect gray wolves under the state's Endangered Species Act. Wolves are already protected under Oregon's endangered species law, and OR-7's family now enjoys stronger protections in the likely event any members of this new pack wander into the Golden State.
Take a moment today to thank the California Fish and GameCommission for protecting gray wolves under the state's Endangered Species Act and providing a safe haven for OR-7 and his new family.
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As you know, wolf OR-7 is now known to have a mate and several pups in Oregon. This growing population increases the likelihood that more wolves begin moving into California.
Wolf OR-7, who first showed up in California in late 2011, has made the Golden State part of his range over the past four years. Scientists agree that it's highly likely that more wolves from Oregon will come to California.
This represents a great step forward in wolf recovery efforts, which have been going on for more than 40 years. Wolves once ranged widely across the United States and were hunted, poisoned and trapped to the very brink of extinction.
Multiple peer-reviewed scientific modeling studies report that there are hundreds of thousands of acres of suitable wolf habitat in California, however threats against wolves exist in the Golden State, including verbal threats from private citizens and elected officials.
By extending the full protection of the California Endangered Species Act to gray wolves and fully committing the state's resources to protecting, restoring and conserving wolves you have done a great service to one of our country’s most iconic species.
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