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January 1, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
Like many out-of-state visitors, the lone gray wolf that trotted across the border from Oregon has taken a liking to California. He went back and forth between the two states a handful of times after his initial crossing into Siskiyou County on Dec. 28, 2011. But since spring, the young male has remained in the Golden State, loping across forests and scrublands, up and down mountains and across rural highways in California's sparsely populated northeast. The first wild wolf documented in California in nearly 90 years, he has roamed as far south as Tehama County - about halfway between the border and Sacramento - searching for other wolves, and a mate.
October 21, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A man was sentenced to four months in prison and six months' house arrest for shooting a Mexican gray wolf that had been released in Arizona as part of an effort to return the animals to the wild. James Michael Rogers, 22, of Queen Creek will also be on supervised probation for three years and must complete 50 hours of community service. Rogers pleaded guilty in U.S.
May 23, 1990 | From United Press International
Sen. James A. McClure (R-Ida.) introduced a bill Tuesday to allow gray wolves to be placed in Yellowstone National Park, where they were virtually eradicated 60 years ago under a federal predator-control program. The legislation also would permit the return of the gray wolf to a wilderness area in central Idaho and would foster natural recovery of the species in Glacier National Park in Montana.
Jogging along a winding dirt road on Jackson's outskirts, Renee Askins sometimes lets out a few howls to rouse the coyotes that roam the foothills of the Teton Mountains. "I'm a real good coyote howler," the 33-year-old former Michigan resident said. "The coyotes answer me all the time." What she longs most to hear, though, is the mournful reply of a gray wolf.
Saying they have succeeded in pulling America's gray wolf population back from the brink of extinction, federal wildlife officials on Tuesday proposed dropping some protections for the sleek predator. Since the gray wolf was listed as endangered in much of the United States in 1974, its numbers have climbed from a few hundred in Minnesota to between 3,000 and 4,000 animals scattered across the West and the Great Lakes region.
March 10, 2000 | From Associated Press
Two people from eastern Arizona have been charged in the 1998 killing of an endangered Mexican gray wolf, federal authorities said Thursday. James Michael Rogers, 21, of Eagar, and a male juvenile were charged this week with violating the Endangered Species Act and the Lacey Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said. Rogers faces up to $125,000 in fines and 1 1/2 years in prison if convicted of violating both laws. The agency did not say what penalties would be levied against the juvenile.
September 1, 2009 | Kim Murphy
The gray wolf, virtually exterminated in the West in the early 20th century, will be hunted once again in Idaho beginning today after a successful reintroduction program saw populations of the predator bloom across much of the northern Rocky Mountains. Though a federal judge has been asked to intervene, new state laws call for wolf hunts to begin today in two parts of Idaho, followed by hunts in much of the rest of the state and in Montana later this month. Protected under the federal Endangered Species Act since 1973, when they were nearly extinct in the continental United States, wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park and parts of Idaho in the 1990s and have since formed a large number of hunting and breeding packs that are beginning to range as far as Oregon.
For centuries the gray wolf thrived in the forests of the Upper Great Lakes, revered by aboriginal tribes as spiritual kin. Then came European settlers, whose cultural heritage abounded with fairy tales depicting wolves as evil. Enraged by attacks on livestock, encouraged by government bounties, they nearly drove the wolf to extinction. By 1973, only six were believed to remain in Michigan's north woods.
December 24, 2011 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
A GPS collar plots the journey of the lone gray wolf — loping over mountains, through forests and across highways. The young male left his pack in northeastern Oregon in early September, setting out to find a mate and territory of his own. By the end of November, he had meandered 761 miles. Lately he has been lingering a day or two's trot from California. If OR7, as he is known, crosses the border, he will be the first wild wolf recorded in the Golden State since 1924. Even if he doesn't, the trek has made it evident that the return of the mythic native predator is imminent.
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