Sonia Horon, Global Animal

The wolf known as OR-7 has found its way back to California after a one-week stay in his home state of Oregon. California hasn’t seen a wolf in 87 years, so OR-7, or Journey as the kids from a naming contest christened him, is a major phenomenon. 

A photo of Journey captured by a trail camera. Photo credit: Allen Daniels/ Associated Press

OR-7 is a nick name coined by biologists for the seventh wolf radio-collared in Oregon. He left Oregon last September and made the long arduous journey to California where he arrived two months ago.

Our back and forth visitor seems to be very lucky since the rest of his northeastern Oregon Imnaha pack were put on a kill order for preying on livestock.

The lone wolf has a tracking collar monitored by the California Department of Fish and Game, and the device showed that he was back in California this Monday morning.

OR-7 has traveled more than 1,000 miles to California, and wolf experts believe that he is simply looking for love.