OR-7 moves to Jackson County, feeding on a dead elk

Photo provided by California Fish & Game


MEDFORD, Ore. — After re-entering Oregon in Klamath County, the wandering wolf OR-7 has moved to Jackson County where he’s been feeding on a dead elk.

State wildlife biologist Mark Vargas tells the Medford Mail Tribune he found fresh wolf tracks and got close enough for a strong signal from the radio transmitter in the wolf’s collar.

Vargas says it appears the cow elk died on its own over the winter — there are no signs of a struggle.

The biologist says he found only a single set of wolf tracks, so OR-7 hasn’t found the mate experts think he’s seeking. No other wolves are known in southwest Oregon, and OR-7′s epic journey from northeastern Oregon may be in vain.