A Wolf Has Been Spotted For The First Time In 100 Years Near Yosemite

If you’ve never had the chance to visit Yosemite National Park, it is one place that is worth putting on your bucket list.

The views are some of the most beautiful the world has to offer, but the animals make it well worth visiting as well. This is especially true, now that a wolf visited the park for the first time in over a century.

This wasn’t the first time the wolf has been spotted. When he was just a pup, they fitted him with a tracking collar so his movements could be tracked.

Photo: Facebook/California Department of Fish and Wildlife

That was in Oregon, but the wolf, named OR-93, left the White River wolf pack and traveled hundreds of miles south.

Eventually, he landed just east of Yosemite, in Mono County.

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It wasn’t always so rare to see a gray wolf in this area.

Prior to the 20th century, they were fairly common but they were wiped out of existence in California in the early 1900s.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Although 16 wild wolves have been seen in Northern California over the years, none had gone further south than Lake Tahoe.

As it turns out, OR-93 was only one of the many animals that benefitted as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Very few people were visiting the park in 2020 so many animals saw a resurgence in parts of the park that usually saw many humans.

Photo: Pixabay

Although they aren’t sure why OR-93 came this far south, some experts feel that he was looking for a mate.

They will be keeping an eye on him as long as he is around.

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