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Oregon-born gray wolf dies after ‘epic’ California trek

Sacramento, Calif. (AP) — An Oregon-born gray wolf that thrilled biologists as it traveled south into California was apparently found dead after being struck by a vehicle, officials said Wednesday .

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a news release that no foul play was suspected in the death of the male wolf, known as OR93. Gray wolves are listed as endangered in California, where they were wiped out by the 1920s.

“Before his demise, he was documented to have traveled the farthest south in California as wolves returned to the state, which is historically home to wolves. The last documented wolf in the far south was in 1922 in San Bernardino County was caught,” the department said.

A truck driver reported seeing a dead wolf on November 10 near the Kern County town of LeBeck, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

The carcass was located along a dirt trail near a frontage road running parallel to Interstate 5, and a warden immediately identified the wolf as OR93 due to a radio tracking collar, the department said.

An autopsy performed at the Wildlife Health Laboratory in Rancho Cordova found that the wolf had significant tissue trauma to its left hind leg, a dislocated knee, and soft tissue trauma to the abdomen.

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OR93 was born in 2019 in the White River Pack in northern Oregon. He moved to Modoc County, California, on January 30, 2021, briefly returned to Oregon, then re-entered California on February 4, and headed south.

His last collar transmission was on April 5 from San Luis Obispo County on the Central Coast. By then they had traveled at least 935 miles (1,505 kilometers) in California, the Wildlife Department said.

OR93 was one of a small number of gray wolves that have begun to come to California from other states.

“I am devastated to learn of the death of this remarkable wolf, whose epic journey inspired the world across California,” said Amarok Weiss, senior wolf advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity, in a statement.

“In this annual time of reflection, I thank him for the hope he gave us and what it will be like for wolves to roam wild and free again,” Weiss said.

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