Peter Fimrite, SFGATE, 15/06/2018
The wandering daughter of California’s famed first wolf made a pioneering trek into the Bay Area’s favorite mountain playground, extending the reach of the wild canines almost as far as the Sierra ski resorts surrounding Lake Tahoe.
Wildlife biologists tracked the 2-year-old wolf, known as OR-54, using her GPS collar, to within 1½ miles of the Boreal Mountain ski area, off Interstate 80 at Donner Summit, making her the first wild gray wolf confirmed in Nevada County in at least a century.
The sporadic signal, which logs a location roughly every three hours, captured the animal at 3 p.m. on June 8 traveling south along the ridges west of Truckee toward Boreal, a ski area popular in the summer for hiking, mountain biking and camping.
Kent Laudon, a wolf specialist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said he doesn’t know from the spotty signal whether the wolf crossed I-80. The next location, which came six hours later, showed that the wolf had turned back north and crossed into Sierra County, where she had been hanging out before.
“It did a hi and goodbye,” to the Sierra resort area, Laudon said.