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OR-7, back in Oregon for 2 weeks, seen feasting on an elk

Wandering wolf OR-7 is spending his second week back from California in Jackson County, where he’s been feeding on a dead elk as he continues his apparent search for a mate.

The 4-year-old wolf crossed the Cascade crest into Jackson County on March 19, his first trip back here since he left April 1, 2012, on the way to a much-publicized tour of Northern California.

Since his return, he’s wandered along the western Cascades east of Butte Falls and Prospect and has shared meals on a dead cow elk with at least one coyote and some ravens, says Mark Vargas, Rogue District wildlife biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Vargas last week used a VHF receiver to follow the radio-transmitter that has been fitted on OR-7’s collar. Vargas was able to get close enough to register a strong signal, but he never actually saw the only confirmed wolf in Western Oregon since 1937…

Read the entire article on mailtribune.com: Lone wolf on the prowl in Jackson County

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