First confirmed in Western Oregon, biologists say

East Oregonian Publishing Group

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- OR-7, the wolf that wandered through Eastern Oregon last month, has been located by radio collar signal in the Cascade Mountains east of Roseburg.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed that the 2-year-old male wolf is in the Umpqua River watershed, becoming the first confirmed wolf in Western Oregon in 65 years.

The wolf left the Imnaha pack in Wallowa County on Sept. 10. In early October, it was tracked in Baker County and Grant County, apparently heading south.

More recently, officials said its signal was detected in Lake County.

Conservation groups cheered the latest news. In a press release, Oregon Wild called it the latest stop in a spectacular journey "that has taken the young wolf across some of Oregon's most rugged and remote mountains, deserts and forests."

Russ Morgan, the state's wolf coordinator, told the Medford Mail Tribune that the wolf turned due west from Lake County and crossed the Cascades.

"It's the first one in modern times to go in that direction, and he's really traveling," Morgan told the newspaper. "He could turn around and go back. He could go to California or Idaho. There's no way to predict it."

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