By Lacey Jarrell
Herald and News
Posted Feb. 18, 2016 at 9:36 AM
Updated Feb 18, 2016 at 3:10 PM
KLAMATH FALLS — Wildlife officials have confirmed that a fifth radio-collared gray wolf has made its way to Southern Oregon.
The 2-year-old male wolf, designated OR-33, dispersed from the northeastern Oregon Imnaha Pack in January.
Tom Collom, the district biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife office in Klamath Falls, said OR-33 has been traversing land west of Swan Lake Valley, between Klamath Falls and Dairy, for about 10 days.
Collom said the public has reported sightings of the wolf to ODFW. The agency conducted an aerial survey from a helicopter and confirmed the wolf is traveling by itself….
The Grey Wolf has started to expand its population range towards the West Coast of the United States into Washington, Oregon and California. In November of 2011, a male grey wolf (named Journey) tagged 0R-7 and electronically tracked made his way into Oregon. OR-7 was the first confirmed sighting of a protected wolf in Oregon since 1947 when the last Oregon State Game Commission bounty of $20 was recorded. 0R-7 journeyed back and forth across the Oregon and California border with sightings in California in December of 2011 and the summer of 2012; the first wolf sighting in California since 1924.
In 2015, 0R-7 established a pack with a mate and offspring in the Rogue River watershed in the southern Cascade Range east of Medford, Oregon. The pack was was suitably given the title Rogue Pack.