California 01/01/13 latimes.com: by Bettina Boxall – Like many out-of-state visitors, the lone gray wolf that trotted across the border from Oregon has taken a liking to California. He went back and forth between the two states a handful of times after his initial crossing into Siskiyou County on Dec. 28, 2011. But since spring, the young male has remained in the Golden State, loping across forests and scrublands, up and down mountains and across rural highways in California’s sparsely populated northeast. The first wild wolf documented in California in nearly 90 years, he has roamed as far south as Tehama County — about halfway between the border and Sacramento — searching for other wolves, and a mate. “I guess he’s being the Lewis and Clark of wolves in California,” said wolf advocate Amaroq Weiss.
State and federal biologists are using a tracking collar to follow OR7 — his official designation — and they’re impressed. Not only has he traveled more than 3,000 miles since leaving his pack in northeastern Oregon, he’s demonstrated exceptional homing abilities. “He can find the same locations [after] weeks, sometimes a couple of months, coming back from a completely different direction,” said Karen Kovacs, wildlife program manager for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Since summer, OR7 has spent most of his time in western Plumas and eastern Tehama counties on a mix of public and private lands, with some jaunts into neighboring Butte County. He seems to dine mostly on mule deer, following their seasonal migrations from mountains to lower elevations. Fortunately for him, he has avoided people and livestock. The wolf was accused of killing a cow and her calf and some other livestock, but Kovacs said investigations found no evidence that OR7 was the culprit. The cow died giving birth to the calf, which was either born dead or died soon after birth and was then eaten by coyotes.
There have been a number of reported sightings of the 3-1/2 -year-old wolf, but only a few have been confirmed. One was in a state wildlife area in November, when a man hunting with his daughter saw a group of deer emerge from a woodland. Behind it was a single deer running from what appeared to be a wolf. The animal broke off the chase, looked in the direction of the hunters and trotted away. The excited pair reported the sighting, and radio signals placed OR7 in the area. “The timing, the behavior, the location; we’re pretty sure it was OR7,” Kovacs said. Although he has journeyed much farther from his home pack than is typical, the wolf is doing what young males do, searching for a mate and other wolves with which to form a pack. He returns to areas where he has left his scent, hoping to find signs of other wolves. It is possible that other gray wolves without radio collars have crossed into the Northern California wilds from Oregon, where there are a number of packs. But biologists have found no evidence of them, and Kovacs said the chances are slim that OR7 will find a mate in California. – For complete article see http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-wolf-california-20130102,0,6588131.story
Idaho 01/02/13 wallowa.com: A wolf recently captured, collared and photographed north of Elgin has crossed the Snake River into Idaho. OR-16, an 85-pound yearling male wolf, crossed from Oregon into Idaho on Dec. 19, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reported. ODFW captured OR-16 on Nov. 1 and fitted the animal with a GPS collar. ODFW later determined that he was part of the Walla Walla pack in northern Umatilla County.
Washington 12/29/12 komonews.com: by Kristen Drew – A local man was attacked by coyotes in his own backyard and spent most of Friday night in the emergency room. Now he is now warning others to be on the lookout – and he’s especially worried for pets and children in the area. Faron Scarberry says he moved to Kent about two weeks ago and he’s already facing an unexpected danger in the neighborhood. “I love wildlife,” he says, “I like looking out the deck, looking at them. But when they’re starting to threaten the animals and people in the neighborhood, it’s gone a little bit overboard.” Scarberry says three coyotes attacked him Friday night while he was walking his dog in the backyard. “They come up toward my face, and I kind of blocked them and pushed them away, and that’s when the one grabbed me by the leg,” he says. Scarberry spent most of the night in the emergency room – diagnosed with a coyote bite and scratches. He got 24 rabies shots in his leg and two in his hip.- For complete article and TV news report video see http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Kent-man-attacked-by-coyotes-in-his-own-backyard-185180232.html?tab=video&c=y
North Carolina 12/31/12 Guilford County: A raccoon that came in contact with a dog on Russell Avenue in High Point has tested positive for rabies. Health officials confirm this is the county’s 28th case of animal rabies this year. – See http://www.digtriad.com/news/article/261346/57/Guilford-Health-Officials-Confirm-28th-Rabies-Case-