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  • "The reality is OR-7 is not likely to find a mate in California. He'll likely pass on without successfully reproducing," said Karen Kovacs, whose job as wildlife program manager for the state Department of Fish & Wildlife has been focused lately on this one animal.

    Lone gray wolf still on the prowl a year after arrival →

  • "If you look at dispersing gray wolves, OR-7 is clearly on the far end of the bell curve in terms of how far he has traveled," Ms. Kovacs said. "He's not the first, but there are a handful that have traveled this far. That has been what's most interesting about him."

    A year later, lone gray wolf still prowling California →

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