After being collared and released into the wilds of northeast Oregon, wolf OR-7 took off on the run for northern California to become the first wild wolf to inhabit the Golden State in 65 years.
OR-7’s epic 3,000 mile run through Oregon and northern California has been made famous, in part, by an ardent press and a public that follows his wonderings via websites and Twitter feeds. An Oregon environmental organization even sponsored a kids art and naming contest in which OR-7 was given the user-friendly moniker of “Journey.”
However, not everone in California, nor the West, is happy at seeing a wolf show up. Some, notably cattle and sheep ranchers, see the wolf as a direct threat to their livelihoods. Thus the epic run of California’s Lone Wolf leads us to ask…
Why did we release wild wolves into the American West? How do we mediate the conflict between those who want the wolves to run free and those who do not? And about that OR-7…
What is the lone wolf of California dreamin? (Food Chain Radio #906)