Look who’s turned up for New Year’s!

 

 

Biologists: Lone gray wolf crosses into California 

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A lone gray wolf has wandered across the Oregon border into California in what wildlife officials hailed Thursday as the historic return of a species not seen in the state in more than 80 years.

Biologists tracked the wolf’s position to a few miles south of the state line in Siskiyou County, theCalifornia Department of Fish and Game said.

A global positioning system collar was placed on the wolf in February. Since then, the 2½-year-old male has wandered more than 300 miles from its original location. Its movement into California was widely anticipated as it approached the border just before Christmas.

“Whether one is for it or against it, the entry of this lone wolf into California is an historic event,” said Department of Fish and Game Director Charlton H. Bonham, acknowledging the debate over the spread of wolves in the western U.S.

The GPS data put the wolf in California as of Wednesday. Officials said they would only provide general information about its location, since gray wolves in California are designated a federally endangered species.

The last confirmed wild gray wolf in California was killed in 1924 by a trapper protecting livestock.

From here: http://news.yahoo.com/biologists-lone-gray-wolf-crosses-california-001920271.html

 

All he needs now is a girlfriend.

Maybe they will push out the coyotes?

 

 

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11 responses to this post.

  1. Now please please please please don’t let anyone shoot him!

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  2. If a GF doesn’t follow, he’ll probably find an accomodating coyette.

    He should have a welcome party but it would skeer him back across the border.

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  3. That is wonderful news. The center for biological diversity did duch a good job pushing for a recovery. Sadly Salazar fought against it. I hope Obama find a new SOI.

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  4. What a coincidence — the BF and I were just watching the Arrested Development episode last night where a wolf is reported roaming in the local park.

    I hope Gray Wolf knows enough not to wander into traffic.

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  5. The scientists are being very cagey about his actual location, and good on them.

    It’s pretty wild up there, so if he’s a smart boy – and I refuse to think he isn’t – he should be okay with roads.

    People? Not so much. I hope he just lies low.

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  6. I am still upset about stories told to us by the busdriver in Denali National Park in Alaska. People are still doing bad things to wolves up there. Pah, as we all know a la Sarah Headinbutt Palin.

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  7. Wow!! Here’s hoping that he’s brilliant AND that he can coax some wolf-girls to join him.

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  8. yay! may he be the first of many.

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  9. Posted by geologywoman on January 6, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Woot! Long live the grey wolf!

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