Is this OR7 Lady Love?
( “Black female wolf in the same area where OR-7’s GPS collar shows he has been living.” USFWS)
Looks like our wandering hero, OR7, has finally found his lady-love, a striking black female, pictured above, caught on remote camera by USFWS, in the area where OR7 has been living. Can you imagine how beautiful those pups are going to be? Good work Journey! Your persistence paid off (: Finally some good news for a change!!!
This will be the first breeding pair in the Oregon Cascade Mountains for a very, very long time, since the early 1900’s!
Way to go Journey, we certainly want your genes reproduced, you’re a hell of a wolf! HOWLS!!!!
Wandering Oregon wolf may have found a mate
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s famous wandering gray wolf, dubbed OR-7, may have found the mate he has trekked thousands of miles looking for, wildlife authorities said Monday. It’s likely the pair spawned pups, and if confirmed, the rare predators would be the first breeding pair of wolves in the Oregon’s Cascade Range since the early 1900s.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist John Stephenson said it is not proof, but it is likely the two wolves mated over the winter and are rearing pups that would have been born in April. Biologists won’t start looking for a den until June, to avoid endangering the pups.
“It’s amazing that he appears to have found a mate,” Stephenson said. “I didn’t think it would happen. It makes me more impressed with the ability of wolves to survive and find one another.”
Young wolves typically leave their pack and strike out for a new territory, hoping to find a mate and start a new pack.
OR-7 has been looking for a mate since leaving the Imnaha pack in northeastern Oregon in September 2011. His travels have taken him thousands of miles as he crossed highways, deserts and ranches in Oregon, moved down the spine of the Cascade Range deep into Northern California and then back to Oregon, all without getting shot, having an accident or starving
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