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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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Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Oregon Wolf(OR7) who captured the imagination of Californians after wandering throughout the northern part of the state last year is now raising a new family in the Rogue River-Siskyou National Forest, a scant 50 miles north of the California/Oregon state line............Only a matter of time before one or more of his pups disperses into the "Golden State where they will be protected from hunting and trapping under California's Endangered Species Act

OR7 and his family

One of OR-7's pups | Photo: USFWS
We reported in May that California's wandering part-time wolf, OR-7, was thought by wildlife agency officials to have started a family with a female wolf in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.
That suspicion was confirmed in June, as was OR-7's paternity, when biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife purloined pieces of the pups' poop for DNA testing. Though there hasn't been a whole lot of news since then, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has provided us with something even better than news: baby pictures.
Try not to startle your officemates with the squeeing.

Slinking past the camera | Photo: USFWS
The photos, taken with a camera trap setup at an undisclosed location in Oregon on July 18, show Mama Wolf and at least one of the pups exploring a dirt road through a thick forest.

OR-7's mate seems to be carrying something | Photo: USFWS
OR-7's trips into the state of California prompted a flurry of activity among fans of the canid carnivore to keep wolves protected in the Golden State, culminating in a decision by the state's Fish and Game Commission to list the gray wolf as Endangered under the California Endangered Species Act. Before OR-7's visits to California in 2011 and 2012, there hadn't been a documented wolf sighting in California since 1922.

Though USFWS labeled this photo "one of OR-7's pups," the transmitter collar makes us wonder whether it might be the old boy himself. | Photo: USFWS
Though biologists are understandably keeping mum about the precise location of the new pack, none of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is farther than 50 miles from the California state line. That's an easy two-day walk for a mature wolf, which means that once the pups are a bit bigger it's entirely likely that this family will find themselves wandering the Klamath Mountains before we know it.

Eager wolf pup | Photo: USFWS
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