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Or-7's still lookin' for love

I read that the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife came out with its annual wolf report stating Oregon has 64 confirmed wolves. What does the report say about OR-7? Is he still the only one in Western Oregon?

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OR-7's long trek across Oregon and Northern California while looking for love once resonated internationally like a country song, but his life now sounds more like a broken record.

He remains mainly in southeast Jackson County and southwest Klamath County, ranging from the eastern slopes of Mount McLoughlin to the Wood River Valley, according to ODFW.

He's ventured occasionally into southeastern Douglas County and occasionally back into California, but he's primarily hunkered down in the same 155-square-mile area now called an Area of Known Wolf Activity, says Michelle Dennehy, ODFW's wolf program spokeswoman.

"He's still, basically, in the same place," Dennehy says.

As for his search for a mate, that doesn't seem to be going much better for him than when he left northeast Oregon in September 2011. There's a very faint glimmer of hope, following reports that a wolf has been sighted near Mount Hood, some 200 miles west of the wolf packs of Eastern Oregon. But at some 250 to 300 miles from OR-7's general vicinity, it still remains an unlikely romance (if the Mount Hood wolf is a female, which is unknown).

Not hearing much about OR-7 is a good thing in that he still has not been associated with any livestock losses, Dennehy says.

Of Oregon's 64 confirmed wolves, he remains the only wolf in Southern Oregon, where he is protected by both the state and federal endangered species acts, she says.

To see a map of OR-7's territory, see www.dfw.state.or.us/Wolves/AKWA/OR7.asp.

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