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OR93 Discovered Dead in Kern County

On November 10, OR93 was located dead around Interstate 5 in the vicinity of the town of Lebec, California. Next a total investigation and necropsy, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has decided that the wolf died from trauma regular with vehicular strike and does not suspect foul engage in.

On the afternoon of November 10, the Oregon Office of Fish and Wildlife been given a mobile phone call from a truck driver who witnessed the deceased wolf along a filth trail in close proximity to a frontage street running parallel to I-5. A CDFW warden responded to the scene to acquire the carcass which was quickly recognized as OR93 since of its collar.

The carcass was transported to the Wildlife Health Laboratory in Rancho Cordova, California the place a total necropsy was done. The wolf experienced considerable tissue trauma to the left rear leg and a dislocated knee as well as comfortable tissue trauma to the abdomen. The accidents have been deemed to be caused by a car strike.

Younger grey wolves can disperse pretty prolonged distances from their natal location and OR93 is no exception. Ahead of his demise, he was documented touring the farthest south in California considering that wolves returned to the point out, which is traditionally wolf habitat. The very last documented wolf that far south was captured in San Bernardino County in 1922.

OR93 was a male wolf born in 2019. He dispersed from the White River pack in northern Oregon. When his collar was furnishing info, he was tracked coming into Modoc County on January 30, 2021. Soon after briefly returning to Oregon, he reentered Modoc County on February 4. On February 24, he entered Alpine County after passing as a result of portions of Lassen, Plumas, Sierra, Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Amador and Calaveras counties. On February 25, he entered Mono County. In mid-March, he was in western Tuolumne County. By late March he was in Fresno County, and then entered San Benito County just after crossing Freeway 99 and Interstate 5. He was in Monterey County on April 1 and his very last collar transmission was from San Luis Obispo County on April 5. By April 5 he had traveled at minimum 935 air miles in California, a bare minimum common of 16 air miles for every day.

CDFW strongly encourages the community to be informed that the wolf inhabitants continues to mature in California and to know the big difference among wolves and coyotes. Nevertheless grey wolves are commonly a lot even larger than coyotes, they can in some cases be misidentified. We really encourage the general public to critique this wolf identification webpage which delivers ideas for differentiating among wolves, coyotes and dogs.

Grey wolves are listed as endangered pursuant to California’s Endangered Species Act (CESA). It is illegal to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, destroy, lure or seize grey wolves. Any individual who thinks they have witnessed a wolf in California can report it to CDFW at wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Mammals/Grey-Wolf/Sighting-Report.

Gray wolves pose pretty tiny security risk to individuals. CDFW is working to check and preserve California’s modest wolf inhabitants and is collaborating with livestock producers and various stakeholders to decrease wolf-livestock conflicts.

Gray wolf administration in California is guided by CESA as nicely as CDFW’s Conservation Program for Grey Wolves in California, finalized in 2016. Additional info is obtainable on CDFW’s wolf webpage at: wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/mammals/grey-wolf.

Media Contacts:
Jordan Traverso, CDFW Communications, (916) 212-7352