Wolf spotted in Southern California may be from Oregon

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FILE – This July 16, 2004, file photo, shows a gray wolf at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn. Dozens of American Indian tribes are demanding the Biden administration enact emergency protections for wolves. Groups representing the tribes sent a letter Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland asking her to place wolves back on the endangered species list on an emergency basis for 240 days. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella, File)

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — An endangered gray wolf that traveled at least 1,000 miles from Oregon to California’s Central Coast before his tracking collar stopped giving signals six months ago may still be alive.

California wildlife officials say they received three reports last month of a wolf with a purple collar in northern Ventura County. They were able to confirm wolf tracks in the vicinity.

The reports match the description of OR-93, the young male who was fitted with a purple tracking collar by Oregon wildlife officials last summer.

Officials say this is the farthest south in California that any gray wolf has been documented since 1922.

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