Wolves Like OR-93 Deserve a Chance at Life

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OR-93

Hi Everyaction,

Made famous by his epic 935-mile journey in search of a mate, OR-93 was the first reported wolf on the central California coast in 200 to 300 years.

His inspiring life came to an end when he was struck by a vehicle. His body was found on a frontage road next to Interstate 5.

Wolves, mountain lions and other creatures urgently need stronger habitat protection and wildlife corridors.

You can help us make the world safer for wildlife by giving to the Saving Life on Earth Fund. All gifts through Dec. 31 will be matched.

Born south of Mt. Hood in Oregon, OR-93 was just over a year old when he was radio-collared by a biologist. Sometime after that, he left his pack and headed south, arriving in Modoc County, California in January.

He moved through more than a dozen counties by late March and was last detected by radio collar in San Luis Obispo County in early April. In late September, three sightings were made of him in northern Ventura County. And then, in November, his body was found along a dirt trail on a highway frontage road. He had died of injuries consistent with a vehicle strike.

Mountain lions and wolves like OR-93 have seen their habitat paved over and filled with sprawl development including shopping malls, roads and office parks.

Instead of roaming the landscape freely, wildlife is forced to dodge and weave to avoid speeding traffic — often with fatal results.

The Center's attorneys, scientists and organizers are working at local and state levels to secure a future for mountain lions and other species by pushing for more wildlife crossings to be built across highways — and for protecting native habitat.

The extinction crisis is worsening because the wild is being stripped away. Every day as many as 22 species go extinct — about one every hour. To fight the extinction crisis, we must protect 30% of wild places by 2030 and 50% by 2050.

OR-93 reminds us of the possibility of the wild — but also the hazards of habitat destruction. We must do more to prevent further tragedies like his death, and to keep the wild safe for species large and small.

Please help today by making a matched gift to the Saving Life on Earth Fund.

For the wild,

Kierán Suckling

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity

 

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