For the past month, he has been roaming around the northern and eastern edges of Tehama County around Red Bluff as he follows deer migrating from the northern Sierra to lower grazing areas at around 1,500 feet. He has approached I-5 on several occasions, but never crossed the freeway though he has repeatedly crossed less traveled highways.
With a sample size of just one, it’s hard to note any breakthroughs in wolf science, though researchers have been amazed at the distances OR-7 has covered. The 3,000 miles recorded are just connecting the dots between GPS coordinates and don’t count any meandering in between.
‘‘If you look at dispersing gray wolves, OR-7 is clearly on the far end of the bell curve in terms of how far he has traveled,’’ Kovacs said. ‘‘He’s not the first, but there are a handful that have traveled this far. That has been what’s most interesting about him.’’
Reach Tracie Cone on Twitter: www.twitter.com/TConeAP