OR93 a gray wolf, which had caught the curiosity of biologists and other enthusiasts, was located by authorities, to be found dead after being hit by a running vehicle in Lebec, which is just 70 miles south of Los Angeles.
The State’s Department of Fish and Wildlife stated that OR93 was found dead on November 10th near Lebec, after it had journeyed “at least 935 air miles in California, a minimum average of 16 air miles per day.”
Citing the rarity of the occurrence they also shared that the last time such a wolf was sighted so far south and captured was roughly 100 years ago in 1922.
OR93 was a male wolf about 2 years old, it was first brought to attention when it was near Modoc County in northeastern California earlier this year. The Oregon-born wolf traveled up till there and then embarked on a return to Oregon for a little while, according to the CDFW. He then made his way to Fresno County – over 500 miles away.
“His epic travels across California inspired the world. In this annual time of reflection, I thank him for the hope he gave us and for a brief glimpse into what it would be like for wolves to roam wild and free again,” Amaroq Weiss, an advocate with the Center for Biological Diversity. He also expressed grief on OR93’s passing away.
The breed of Gray wolves has already been classified as an endangered species since 1974 as per the CBD. Although they are native to California, due to human space encroachments they were wiped from the state a century ago in the 1920s itself.