Wandering Oregon wolf OR-7 may have found a mate

This May 8, 2012 file photo provided by the California Department of Fish and Game shows OR-7, the Oregon wolf that has trekked across two states looking for a mate, on a sagebrush hillside in Modoc County, Calif. (AP Photo/Richard Shinn/California Department of Fish and Game, File)
This May 8, 2012 file photo provided by the California Department of Fish and Game shows OR-7, the Oregon wolf that has trekked across two states looking for a mate, on a sagebrush hillside in Modoc County, Calif. (AP Photo/Richard Shinn/California Department of Fish and Game, File)

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – Oregon’s famous wandering wolf, OR-7, may have found the mate he has trekked thousands of miles looking for.

Wildlife authorities said Monday that cameras on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in the southern Cascades captured several images of what appears to be a black female wolf in the same area where OR-7’s GPS collar shows he has been living.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist John Stephenson says it is not proof, but it is likely the two wolves mated and are rearing pups.

If confirmed, they would be the first breeding pair of wolves in the Oregon Cascades since the early 1900s.

OR-7 has been looking for a mate since leaving the Imnaha pack in northeastern Oregon in September 2011. His travels have taken him as far as Northern California.

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