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April 19, 2021

Gray wolf spotted in Monterey County

MONTEREY COUNTY — A lone gray wolf that has been tracked to seven Northern California counties is now in Monterey County, wildlife officials said.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said this is as far south as they’ve seen a gray wolf travel in at least a decade.

Wildlife officials said the 2-year-old wolf, known as OR-93, left his pack in Oregon, likely looking for a new territory or a mate.

The gray wolf is listed as an endangered species in California after the species was eliminated from the state in the 1920s.

Humane Wildlife Control President and CEO Rebecca Dmytryk warns that people with outdoor pets and ranchers with livestock should be aware of the wolf’s whereabouts.

A CDFW spokeswoman said wolves pose little risk to humans, and mainly live off of rabbits, rodents and potentially coyotes. 

The wolf was previously in San Benito County, but it has also passed through Modoc, Tuolomne, Mariposa, Merced, Madera and Fresno counties.

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