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Oregon's Wandering Wolf, OR-7, Gets Official Pack Status

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(AP) - Oregon's famous wandering wolf, OR-7, is now officially the leader of his own pack.

State and federal wildlife agencies said Wednesday they have designated OR-7, his mate and their pups the Rogue Pack, for their location in the Rogue River drainage in the Cascades east of Medford.

It's the first pack in western Oregon and ninth in the state since wolves from Idaho started swimming the Snake River in the 1990s.

As a youngster, OR-7 left his pack in northeastern Oregon in September 2011 in search of a mate, and traveled thousands of miles across Oregon and into Northern California before finding one last winter in the southern Cascades.

The GPS collar that tracked his travels is still working, but biologists hope to replace it this spring.