OR 7 Hanging With Wily Coyote

OR 7/Journey  (Photo Richard Shinn Associated Press)

Looks like Journey/OR7 has found a few friends. He’s still vacationing in the Golden State and was recently spotted romping with several coyotes. Normally wolves and coyotes are not friendly but when you’re the only wolf in California it can get awfully lonely.

Wolves are social animals so I’m sure he’s pining  for canine company, even the little “song dogs” will do.

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California’s lone wolf seen mingling with coyotes

Peter Fimrite

Sunday, May 13, 2012

The lone wolf of California may not be as lonely as the experts thought.

The gray wolf, known to scientists as OR7 and to wolf advocates as Journey, was spotted last week in Modoc County cavorting with a group of coyotes.

Karen Kovacs, the wildlife program manager for the California Department of Fish and Game, said state biologists, game wardens and a federal trapper were in the southwestern part of the county Tuesday to discuss with ranchers the presence of the wolf, which had been tracked by GPS signals to the area.

Odd flirtation with coyotes

At one point the group members stopped and scanned with their binoculars a sagebrush-covered hillside, and to their shock and delight, there stood the most famous canine in California.

“He was about 100 yards away and looking toward them. He may have heard their voices and came out to investigate,” Kovacs said. “Then he moved off and was subsequently joined by coyotes.”

Kovacs said two of the three coyotes came up right next to the 90- to 100-pound wolf.

“They were in very close proximity to OR7,” she said. “I think it was kind of a mutual thing. Maybe there had been some prior contact. They did go off in the same direction together, but shortly after that OR7 went off by himself and then disappeared out of view.”

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Photo: Courtesy Richard Shinn Associated Press

Posted in: California wolf, biodiversity

Tags: OR 7/Journey, Lone wolf,  coyotes, California, Golden State

OR7 Back In California, Dude!

OR7 really can’ t make up his mind where to call home. After a brief foray into his home state of Oregon last week, he’s now back on California soil. Something about the Golden State he likes. Sadly he’s probably missed his chance to find a mate this year, unless he ventured briefly back into Oregon to pick up his girlfriend but more than likely he’s doing what dispersing wolves do, move around a lot.

I’m glad he made it back to CA. Hope he stays, maybe he’ll catch some rays and chill out for a while. He’s  certainly the most famous wolf in the world.  One cool dude!!

He’s back – gray wolf returns to California

Will Kane

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

(03-07) 13:19 PST San Francisco — The lone wolf who wandered into California late last year before heading home to Oregon has come back to California.

The gray wolf’s return to the Golden State isn’t unexpected, state officials said. In fact, he could go back-and-forth across the border many more times before settling down.

“Round and round he goes, where he ends up no one knows,” said Kirsten Macintyre, a spokeswoman with the California Department of Fish and Game. “At this point we know only where his little blip is, nothing about what he’s going to do.”

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/07/BAIU1NH90L.DTL#ixzz1oULiI5Rw

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Photo: Courtesy dincadotorg

Posted in: California wolf

Tags: OR7 cool dude, no girlfriend?, Oregon or California, Wolfing around

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