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The wolf OR7 may have taken a mate, and both could be raising a litter of pups

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Ring out the wedding bells and the baby, make that puppy showers. The famous wolf OR7, which a few years ago trekked from Oregon through Northern California, has finally found a mate, another wolf, a brunette female. What shall we name her? And it's thought the two love-wolves have produce a den of pups/cubs, somewhere in an Oregon forest, near the N. California border, reports a May 13, 2014 The Sacramento Bee news article by Matt Weiser, "Wolf OR7 may have found a mate." Oregon wolf OR-7 appears to have found a mate after 3-year journey.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reported on May 12, 2014 that it has photos that OR7 found his 'bride' and soulmate wolf somewhere in the Oregon's Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Now, if only the wolf family would be left alone to raise its litter. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife identified a large spear-shaped region of land as OR7’s territory, stretching north from the California border between Medford and Klamath Falls, says the Sacramento Bee article. Also see, "OR7 (Journey) Lone Wolf | Facebook."

Only a week ago, remote cameras in the national forest captured images of a female wolf as well as the first images the agency has ever captured of OR7 himself. OR7 wears a GPS collar, but his 'wife' is not collared. She's described as a wolf with black fur.

Observers are noting that since OR7 is staying in the same area, it may signal that the wolf couple are in a den caring for their litter of pups

May is the month when wolf pups are born or wolves are mating. It's going to take until June or later in the summer when the wolf pup surveys are conducted to find out how many pups were born. This month, the couple and their pups will be left to their much wanted privacy so as not to interfere with the pups care.

OR7 is the seventh wolf to be radio-collared in Oregon. If you remember the news stories on OR7 from the fall of 2011, he went in search of a mate and landed in California, where there are no known wolves. Then he returned to Oregon after briefly roaming into Idaho. He was at the age when wolves go in search of a mate, especially lone wolves not running with a pack. In December 2011, OR7 wandered through California as the first wild wolf to return there since 1924 when wolves became extinct in California, probably due to hunting.

For the rest of 2012, OR7 wandered through Northeast California and finally returned to Oregon in 2013

He covered thousands of miles. Since then, OR7 crossed back and forth between Oregon and California. The new addition to OR7's family is not one of the 64 known wolves that is being monitored in Oregon. Wolves are found presently in northeastern Oregon, close to the California border. Any Oregon wolf can eventually trek to California, usually in the northern area or move around the Cascades in Oregon. Idaho also has wolves. In Oregon OR7 and his 'wife' are in a part of Oregon at the present where they and their litter of pups are protected protected by the federal Endangered Species Act. For further information, check out the website, "California Endangered Species Act (CESA)."

The California Endangered Species Act (CESA) states that all native species of fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, invertebrates, and plants, and their habitats, threatened with extinction and those experiencing a significant decline which, if not halted, would lead to a threatened or endangered designation, will be protected or preserved. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will work with all interested persons, agencies and organizations to protect and preserve such sensitive resources and their habitats. However, CESA also allows for take incidental to otherwise lawful development projects.

CESA emphasizes early consultation to avoid potential impacts to rare, endangered, and threatened species and to develop appropriate mitigation planning to offset project caused losses of listed species, notes the CESA website

If a wolf family is residing in the part of Oregon right next to Northern California, sooner or later one or more of the wolves will cross over to California. At the present time, the California Fish and Game Commission postponed for 90 days (from April, 2014) its decision on whether to protect wolves that trek into California under the state Endangered Species Act. If you're interested in wildlife in general, check out Wildlife Resources Committee, Department of Consumer Affairs, Hearing Room, 1747 North Market Blvd. Sacramento, CA. There's a meeting on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. You'd have to check on what topic will be discussed at that meeting. Or check out previous webcast videos that are online, for streaming coverage of California State Meetings.

You also may be interested in the outcome of the decision on whether to protect wolves if and when they wander into California. Also see, the Fish and Game Commission regarding meetings and discussions on whether or not to list the gray wolf as a threatened or endangered species, the topic of its April 16, 2014 meeting. Check out the archive of videos to see when the meeting would be planned and whether it is or is not open to the public. The April 16, 2014 meeting postponed the decision regarding wolves for 90 days from that time. See the Cal-Span.org site for more information on the videos.

The Cal-Span.org website provides links to videos of the April 16, 2014 meeting on whether or not to list the gray wolf

DECISION ON WHETHER OR NOT TO LIST GRAY WOLF (Canis lupus) AS A THREATENED OR ENDANGERED SPECIES: (FISH AND GAME CODE SECTIONS 2075 and 2075.5) Note: Findings will be adopted at a future meeting.The meeting was live and streamed from a link at the Cal-Span.org website.

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