Oregon-born grey wolf killed by California vehicle after ‘epic’ trek

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Authorities have said an Oregon-born gray wolf trekked from his home all the way to Southern California after a vehicle struck him.

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A truck driver reported dead wolves on November 10 in Lebec, a city about 75 miles (120 km) northwest of Los Angeles.

Officials said a warden responded quickly and the wolf was removed from a trail running along Interstate 5, the main north–south highway on the US west coast.

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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) said Wednesday that it believed there was no foul play in the death of a male wolf, known as OR93.

The wolf had covered a distance of 935 miles (1,505 km) from its home in Oregon to California, and what the CDFW said was the farthest south traveled by any wolf in nearly a century.

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“Before his demise, he was documented to have traveled the farthest south in California, as wolves returned to the state, which has historically been home to wolves,” the department said.

“The last documented wolf caught in the south in San Bernardino County in 1922”.

Gray wolves were nearly wiped out in the 1920s, and were listed as endangered and only recently began to return to the west coast of the US.

A decision by federal US officials last year withdraw The gray wolf as endangered has been criticized by wildlife campaigners and tribal nations, despite a large increase in the animal’s population,

According to a CDFW press release, the wolf was identified as OR93 because he wore a radio tracking collar, and an autopsy found significant trauma to his leg and abdomen.

OR93 was among a small number of gray wolves that began to enter California from states such as Oregon,

Additional reporting by The Associated Press.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Oregon

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