California's Wolf OR7, Federally Protected

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At the end of December Wolf OR7 crossed the border into California, and has been monitored since then. Wolf OR7 is a 2 1/2 year old male who originated from a pack in Oregon and headed south on his own.

Since OR7 has made it into California other reports of wolf sightings have increased, but OR7 is the only documented wolf in California since 1924. The other reportings usually are coyotes, dogs, or wolf-dog hybrids.

Under the Endangered Species Act OR7 is protected. The federal law generally prohibits the harassment, harm, pursuit, hunting, shooting, wounding, killing, trapping, capture or collection of wolves in California, or the attempt to engage in any such conduct. Penalties include fines up to $100,000 and one-year imprisonment.

OR7 has a GPS monitoring system that sends out his coordinates occasionally. He has been spending the last week in the eastern part of Lassen County. California Department of Fish and Game does notify landowners, law enforcement and media of OR7's whereabouts. From California Department of Fish and Game.