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The department also has been contacting ranchers to keep them up to date on the general whereabouts of the wolf, which is protected as a federally endangered species in Western Oregon and California.

“Most people have been appreciative,” Kovacs said. “We want to make sure we are doing our part to protect this animal so that it isn’t mistaken for a coyote” and killed.

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Online:

California Department of Fish and Game, http://1.usa.gov/IWs2pL