It is the story of an epic journey of a gray wolf and its tragic end.
Austin James, Jr., Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
OR-93 is a gray wolf that came to life in a troop inhabited in the forests of the US state of Oregon. At first glance, a purely common wolf caught the attention of researchers and experts at the beginning of the year, when it became the southernmost living wolf on the west coast of the United States, after these predators became extinct there about a century ago.
The OR-93 wolf, as it was originally called by American researchers, crossed the state border and traveled to California, where wolves have been virtually non-existent for the past hundred years. Since they were resettled in Oregon, they are slowly moving to this “golden country”. The OR-93 was the most adventurous of them, having traveled as much as 1,500 miles and traveled to the southernmost point in California to date.
Why such a long way? Experts believe he was looking for a bridesmaid. At the same time, it is worth remembering the Slovenian wolfSlavca, who also traveled from his native Pokljuka in search of a bridesmaid, crossed four countries and finally settled in Italy, where he met a French werewolf.July, who was also looking for her lover in several countries.
But while the story of Julia and Slavec is happy, they created their own troupe, and one of their sons then even returned to Slovenia, the story of the unfortunate named OR-93 is tragic. He did not find the bridesmaid, as he traveled further and further away from wolf-inhabited areas, and ended his search infamously, under the wheels of a California truck.
On Wednesday, the California authorities announced that the OR-93 hit a truck while crossing the Interstate 5. The last signal from its transmitter on the collar was recorded by the base in April this year, and the corpse was tracked by the authorities recently. An autopsy showed that OR-93 suffered severe hind leg injuries, knee sprains and internal organ injuries. Police have already dismissed the suspicion of a crime, it was an accident.
“He was the wolf who traveled the furthest to southern California since the wolves returned to the country that was once the residence of wolves. The last wolf recorded so south was captured in San Bernardino County in 1922, ”the California Fish and Game Administration said at the wolf’s death.
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