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So far, Oregon wandering wolf has eluded biologists trying to replace his tracking collar


PORTLAND, Oregon — Oregon's wandering wolf, OR-7, has so far eluded attempts to put a new GPS tracking collar on him.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist John Stephenson tells The Oregonian ( ) that he and another biologist backpacked into the wilds of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in the southern Cascades and set out traps to catch OR-7. But neither OR-7, nor his mate, nor any of their pups stepped into one.

The biologists plan to try again after hunting season ends Nov. 7.

OR-7 became famous as his tracking collar traced his wanderings across Oregon and Northern California in search of a mate. Last winter he found one in the southern Cascades of eastern Jackson County.

Stephenson says the collar is still working, but the batteries are likely to run out soon.

Information from: The Oregonian,

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