Group retracing trek of wandering Oregon wolf OR-7

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Associated Press

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 2:34 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 19 at 3:03 AM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Wildlife advocates are preparing to retrace the 1,200-mile path of a wandering wolf whose trek in 2011 across Oregon and California attracted worldwide attention.

Members of the Wolf OR-7 Expedition say they hope their upcoming journey will help build greater acceptance of wolves as they reclaim lost territories across the West.

OR-7 became an international celebrity after leaving northeastern Oregon in 2011 in search of a mate. Along the way he crossed territory that had not seen a wolf in decades.

The expedition plans to start in mid-May from a spot overlooking Hells Canyon, and cover 900 miles by bike and 300 miles on foot in 40 days.

The group includes a professional tracker, a storyteller, a documentary filmmaker and a multimedia blogger.

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