Grey Wolf Found in Fresno County

California’s small wolf population is moving further and further south. Wildlife officials say a young male known as OR-93 has shown up in Fresno County — by far the deepest incursion into California by a wolf in nearly a century.

OR-93 is an adventurous fellow. Earlier this month, he was detected in Mono. At that time, that was the furthest south a wolf had traveled here in modern times.

As his name implies, OR-93 is an Oregon native. His trip to Fresno could pose challenges for Central Valley farmers and ranchers. Experts believe he’s looking for a mate. Needless to say, wolves and cows don’t mix.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said it’s “working to monitor and conserve California’s small wolf population and is collaborating with livestock producers and diverse stakeholders to minimize wolf-livestock conflicts.” If anyone sees OR-93, CDFW asks that they report the sighting here.


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