Authorities say trail cameras have captured what may be another gray wolf roaming Northern California.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says a lone wolf-like canid was first photographed in Lassen County in August and trail cameras a few miles away captured a similar animal in October.
The department said Wednesday that the animal is not a member of the Shasta Pack, the breeding pair and pups spotted in eastern Siskiyou County in 2015.
They say that unlike OR-25, a transient wolf from Oregon that has visited California several times, this animal is not wearing a tracking collar.
Biologists say they can’t rule out that the animal is a domestic dog or a wolf-dog hybrid. But the department points out that a wolf-like canid was photographed in western Lassen County twice more in March and in May, and that surviving winter in that remote area would be unlikely for a domestic dog or a wolf-dog hybrid.