- April 15, 2014
In late 2011, a lone wolf walked across Oregon and entered California, becoming the first wild wolf in the state in nearly 90 years.
He was called a hero, a killing-machine, a rogue, a beacon of hope, a foreign invader from Canada, and school children named him Journey. No matter his name, he came to represent the return of wolves to their historic rangelands in the American Pacific Northwest.
Everything we know about this wolf comes from his GPS radio collar tagged “OR-7″ (as the 7th wolf tagged in Oregon). But now that the radio collar is over three years old, it is expected to lose power and stop functioning this year. As state biologists lose their ability to monitor Wolf OR-7′s movements, the Wolf OR-7 Expedition sets out to retrace his 1,200-mile journey to bring awareness to the challenges faced by wolves returning to their historic rangelands and the work completed by people working together that made his journey possible.