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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

OR7, the first documented Wolf to have spent time in Northern California in nearly 100 years has circled back to Oregon and perhaps put his wandering days behind him after having logged thousands of miles in his 3.5 years on the planet.................Will he finally find a mate in Klamath County where he reportedly has been most recently?

Oregon's famous wolf retiring?


The gray wolf, dubbed "OR-7" by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, may have finally chosen a home. His travels have been tracked thanks to a GPS collar. In September, 2011 he left the Imnaha pack in Northeast Oregon and crossed the Cascades to become the first confirmed wolf sighted west of the mountains since 1937. OR-7 has wandered thousands of miles, from eastern Oregon to Southern Oregon to Northern California, becoming the first confirmed wolf in that state since 1924. He returned to Oregon in March and spent the summer of 2013 in Southeast Jackson County and Southwest Klamath County.

There are 47 wolves in Oregon, but OR-7 is the only one outside of the northeastern part of the state. He has not been associated with any livestock kills in Oregon or California. Wildlife officials believe the 3-1/2-year-old animal may be searching for a mate.

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