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Posted by: thepinetree on 11/26/2021 10:10 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 11/26/2021 10:10 AM
Expires: 01/01/2026 12:00 AM

Young Grey Wolf OR93 from Oregon Struck & Killed by Vehicle on I-5 In Kern County

Lebec, CA...On November 10, OR93 was found dead near Interstate 5 near the town of Lebec, California. Following a full investigation and necropsy, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has determined that the wolf died from trauma consistent with vehicular strike and does not suspect foul play.

On the afternoon of November 10, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife received a phone call from a truck driver who witnessed the deceased wolf along a dirt trail near a frontage road running parallel to I-5. A CDFW warden responded to the scene to collect the carcass which was quickly identified as OR93 because of its collar.

The carcass was transported to the Wildlife Health Laboratory in Rancho Cordova, California where a complete necropsy was performed. The wolf had significant tissue trauma to the left rear leg and a dislocated knee as well as soft tissue trauma to the abdomen. The injuries were deemed to be caused by a vehicle strike.

Young gray wolves can disperse very long distances from their natal area and OR93 is no exception. Before his demise, he was documented traveling the farthest south in California since wolves returned to the state, which is historically wolf habitat. The last documented wolf that far south was captured in San Bernardino County in 1922.

OR93 was a male wolf born in 2019. He dispersed from the White River pack in northern Oregon. When his collar was providing information, he was tracked entering Modoc County on January 30, 2021. After briefly returning to Oregon, he reentered Modoc County on February 4. On February 24, he entered Alpine County after passing through portions of Lassen, Plumas, Sierra, Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Amador and Calaveras counties. On February 25, he entered Mono County. In mid-March, he was in western Tuolumne County. By late March he was in Fresno County, and then entered San Benito County after crossing Highway 99 and Interstate 5. He was in Monterey County on April 1 and his last collar transmission was from San Luis Obispo County on April 5. Through April 5 he had traveled at least 935 air miles in California, a minimum average of 16 air miles per day.

CDFW strongly encourages the public to be aware that the wolf population continues to grow in California and to know the difference between wolves and coyotes. Though gray wolves are generally much bigger than coyotes, they can sometimes be misidentified. We encourage the public to review this wolf identification page which provides tips for differentiating between wolves, coyotes and dogs.

Gray wolves are listed as endangered pursuant to California’s Endangered Species Act (CESA). It is unlawful to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap or capture gray wolves. Anyone who believes they have seen a wolf in California can report it to CDFW at

Gray wolves pose very little safety risk to humans. CDFW is working to monitor and conserve California’s small wolf population and is collaborating with livestock producers and diverse stakeholders to minimize wolf-livestock conflicts.

Gray wolf management in California is guided by CESA as well as CDFW’s Conservation Plan for Gray Wolves in California, finalized in 2016. More information is available on CDFW’s wolf webpage at:

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No Subject
Posted on: 2021-11-26 10:17:28   By: Anonymous

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    Posted on: 2021-11-26 10:37:10   By: Anonymous

    Fuk Donald Trump & his brainwashed racist hate filled heartless trolls of the GOP! President Biden is the best president in history!! Four More Years of Biden!! Build Back Better!! Let’s Go Joe!!

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    Posted on: 2021-11-28 06:19:37   By: Anonymous
    Americans keep supporting Democrats, who keep capitulating to conservatives.
    The party will only change when Democrats realize their base won't support them.
    Giving up on mainstream Democrats frees up money for more effective political work.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2021-11-26 10:21:28   By: Anonymous
Poor baby - beautiful animal.

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    Posted on: 2021-11-26 10:25:09   By: Anonymous
    You would be saying that if a pack had you surrounded.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2021-11-26 10:35:47   By: Anonymous
Calif could go for a few dozen grizzly bears.

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    Posted on: 2021-11-26 11:00:40   By: Anonymous
    Yes! Grizzlies! And a bunch more wolves would be great too. Specially if they surround and eat all the ninnies posting here.

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      Posted on: 2021-11-26 11:40:42   By: Anonymous
      Bengal tigers are cute and friendly.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2021-11-26 11:37:05   By: Anonymous
Did I hear Travel Ban! Wonder who's play book they got that from?... Hahahahahahaha...

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    Posted on: 2021-11-26 11:42:10   By: Anonymous
    from a Great Leader

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      Posted on: 2021-11-26 12:11:42   By: Anonymous

      President Biden is a Great Leader!! I couldn’t agree more!

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    Posted on: 2021-11-26 12:19:17   By: Anonymous
    A travel ban...and the media didn't call the worst president in history a racist?

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      Posted on: 2021-11-26 12:20:45   By: Anonymous

      Trump is the worst president in history and a huge racist as well.

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        Posted on: 2021-11-26 12:37:26   By: Anonymous
        Fuk Joe Biden...

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          Posted on: 2021-11-26 14:22:15   By: Anonymous

          No, asshat it’s Fuk Donald Trump and his brainwashed racist hate filled trolls!!

          Let’s Go Joe!!

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            Posted on: 2021-11-26 15:12:45   By: Anonymous
            WHATS A ASSHAT?

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              Posted on: 2021-11-26 16:24:22   By: Anonymous
              Its a russian hooker sitting on a presidents head. Asshat.

              Shame about the wolf. Noble creature just doing what it was meant to do before the rabble arrived here and messed up nature. Very sad. Too bad the GQP weren't crossing the road.

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                Posted on: 2021-11-26 16:54:45   By: Anonymous
                A asshat is any of the modern day liberal Democratic Party followers that thinks Ole Joey is a superhero. It is really quite funny reading the comments you leave. Hypocrisy is the state of pretending to have beliefs, opinions, virtues, feelings, qualities, or standards one does not actually have. Hypocrisy involves the deception of others and thus is a lie. Joey and the whole 46 administration is a embarrassment to himself, and The United States of America.

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                  Posted on: 2021-11-26 16:59:22   By: Anonymous
                  Ha. Ha. You suffer from amnesiac hallucinations my dumb friend. Denial of the last 4 years doesnt absolve you.

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                    Re: Liberalism is a Mental Disorder
                    Posted on: 2021-11-27 07:58:04   By: Anonymous
                    Just wish more of you liberals would have been traveling with this wolf and tried to help him stop traffic.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2021-11-27 08:09:53   By: Anonymous

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    Posted on: 2021-11-27 15:11:14   By: Anonymous

    I wish there would of been a whole bunch of the inbred racist hate filled heartless trolls of the GOP traveling with that wolf trying to stop traffic. Thump Thump! Less GOP trolls in the world is always a good thing!

    Let’s Go Joe!

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      Posted on: 2021-11-27 19:50:03   By: Anonymous
      Black Trash Toad ^

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