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Gray wolf found dead in Shasta County, wandered to California from Oregon

California Fish and Wildlife said the wolf was the fourth Rogue Pack Wolf known to have spent time in California.

Posted: Feb 6, 2020 6:07 PM
Updated: Feb 6, 2020 6:20 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. -- A gray wolf was found dead in Shasta County on Wednesday. California Fish and Wildlife said she was likely born into southern Oregon's Rogue Pack in 2016.

CDFW does not yet know how the wolf died. It's under investigation. 

The wolf, called OR-54, was the fourth Rogue Pack wolf known to have spent time in California. She was collared by an Oregon Fish and Wildlife biologist in October 2017. 


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Wildlife officials said she cross the state line into eastern Siskiyou County on January 24, 2018. Since then, she spent much of her time in California. Wildlife officials tracked her making two trips back to Oregon. 

She covered more than 7,646 miles after leaving the Rogue Pack. CDFW said she traveled further south than any other known wolf since the animal returned to California in 2011. 

Gray wolves are protected under the Federal Endangered Species Act as well as the California Endangered Species Act. It is illegal to kill a wolf. 

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