Ex-California wolf OR-7 has at least three pups

Ex-California wolf OR-7 has at least three pups

An ex-California wolf, called OR-7, has at least three pups that he and a mate are raising in the Cascade Range of southern Oregon, new photographs released by the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service on Friday confirmed.

The fresh photographs were captured on 12th of July, by a remote trail camera installed in the Cascade Range. The photographs show the gray OR-7 and his mate along with two gray-colored pups.

A few weeks ago, color photographs captured by a biologist showed the wolf OR-7 with its two pups, but one of those pups was of black color like that of its mother.

In May, the wildlife officials had reported that OR-7 might have started a family with a female wolf and settled in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

As per available data, OR-7 started his search for a mate in September 2011, and covered thousands of miles ranging from northeastern Oregon to Northern California. Finally he found a mate in southwest Oregon and settled there. In California, the wolf wandered hundreds of miles through Tehama, Lassen, Siskiyou and Modoc counties. The wolf's last visit to California was recorded in February.

The gray wolf gained worldwide fame, thanks to his GPS tracking collar that allowed biologists, volunteers and others to track his wanderings.

OR-7 and his mate signify the first known breeding pair in the Oregon Cascades Range since the 1940s. Biologists are of the view that the pups would likely disperse into California as adults, re-establishing the gray wolf in the Golden State.

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