Endangered Gray Wolf Now in Fresno County After Traveling from Modoc, Tracking Data Shows
Sierra Sun Times
A GPS-collared gray wolf known as OR-93 continues to travel farther south in California than the collared wolves that have preceded him.
OR-93 has traversed a significant distance since the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced he was in Modoc County in early February. Over the past few weeks, he moved from Mono County, through parts of Tuolumne, Mariposa, Merced and Madera counties.
The last collar reading showed the wolf in agricultural areas in central Fresno County.
OR-93 is a young male that dispersed from Oregon’s White River pack, southeast of Mt. Hood. He was fitted with a tracking collar by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs within the White River pack’s territory in June 2020. Like many young wolves, he subsequently left his pack in search of a new territory and/or a mate.
Gray wolves are listed as endangered pursuant to California’s Endangered Species Act. It is unlawful to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap or capture gray wolves. Anyone who believes they have seen a wolf in California can report it to CDFW at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Mammals/Gray-Wolf/Sighting-Report.