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Another gray wolf may be roaming Northern California

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.

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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.


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