SunSpecial: Fantastic Journey   Leave a comment

It’s a Journey the Wolf update! But not just for ‘OR7’ – as Journey is officially named (someone in the naming office didn’t work hard on that one); but an update with good news for all Grey Wolves (Canis lupus) living in, or visiting, California.

Within the past 80 years, there have been no grey wolves in California. Once plentiful, by 1924 they had been hunted to extinction, or chased out, of the state – mostly by people who were more frightened by stories of how dangerous wolves could be, rather than actual problems with wolves (‘Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?’ Probably the real wolves, themselves). In December 2011, a young male wolf – ‘OR7’ – was seen on California wildlife cameras, and for the next few months Journey, as he became known (because of his ‘journey’ into California. This poor guy can’t get a decent name) traveled between Oregon and California, just roaming around and hangin’ out.

But Jouney’s journey has more far-reaching effects: Recently the California Fish and Game Commission voted to list the grey wolf as an endangered species under California law. While Journey – or any other wolf – hasn’t been seen in California since 2012, this law protects any wolf that enters the state, and provides an example that might benefit other large animals that were once common in California, but are now gone. While the grey wolf species seems to be recovering throughout much of the United States, it’s important that individual states step forward and show that while a species, as a whole, might be strong – increasing numbers and range of wolves is causing the US Fish and Wildlife to reconsider or remove national endangered protection from the grey wolf – individual populations might still need protection to survive.

It does, however, look like Journey’s roaming days are over, for now. Wildlife cameras in Oregon have captured images of Journey with a female wolf, and recently with two wolf cubs. So after all these years, it looks like Journey has taken on another name – father.

 Just what every Dad wants for Fathers Day:  Some peace and quiet.   (This is not probably not Journey and his family, but a generic wolf family stand-in.)


Just what every Dad wants for Fathers Day: Some peace and quiet.
(This is not probably not Journey and his family, but a generic wolf family stand-in.)

Posted June 15, 2014 by ECOVIA eco-adventure® in SunSpecial

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