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A famously far-ranging Gray Wolf is found dead in Southern California

Added 11-24-21 06:07:01pm EST - “The Oregon-born gray wolf gained a following this year when it became the first to travel to Southern California in a century. Wildlife officials say it appears to have been struck by a vehicle.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “A famously far-ranging gray wolf is found dead in Southern California”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Oregon-born wolf known as OR93 near Yosemite, Calif. in February 2021. The wolf thrilled biologists as it journeyed far south into California, but was found dead after apparently being struck by a vehicle. California Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP hide caption

The Oregon-born wolf known as OR93 near Yosemite, Calif. in February 2021. The wolf thrilled biologists as it journeyed far south into California, but was found dead after apparently being struck by a vehicle.

Wildlife officials say a far-ranging gray wolf, the first to tromp across Southern California in more than a hundred years, has been found dead near a roadway a little more than an hour's drive north of downtown Los Angeles.

The male wolf, named OR93 when it was outfitted with a GPS collar by wildlife officials in its home state of Oregon, left its pack near Mount Hood two years ago. It gained followers and fans in the wildlife community as it traveled south, crossing interstates and highways to parts of California that hadn't seen a wolf since 1922.

California, like much of the U.S., is wolf habitat. Pre-colonization, large predators covered much of the continent before being hunted, trapped and killed to near extinction by European settlers. The fragmented populations that survived are now being suffocated, in many areas, by an ever-growing web of roadways.

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