The remains of the 3-to-4-year-old female wolf, known as OR-54, were found on Wednesday in Shasta County, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
“We are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding OR-54’s death,” the agency said in a statement.
Scientists have been tracking OR-54 since she was captured in Oregon in October 2017 and fitted with a GPS-radio collar. She got her name because she was the 54th gray wolf collared in the state.
Rogue pack, which is currently active in southern Oregon near Crater Lake.
OR-7, crossed into California in 2011, and was the first gray wolf in the state since the animals were
eradicated there in the 1920s. He’s since returned to Oregon, and formed fhe Rogue pack.
searching for a mate or a new pack to join.
wildlife officials said she’d covered at least 8,712 miles — an average of 13 miles a day. She mostly traveled around Northeastern California, but she briefly crossed into Nevada, near Reno.
Authorities have not said how she died, or given any specifics about where she was found.
OR-54 was suspected in some livestock deaths last year.
The State of California has not reintroduced gray wolves into the environment, but some have migrated into the state on their own.
The animals are protected under both California and federal Endangered Species Acts.
The Gray Wolf had almost disappeared in the lower 48 US states in the early 20th century.
US Fish and Wildlife Service proposed removing the gray wolf from the endangered species list.