Wolf apparently gives up search for mate in NV



RENO, Nev. (AP) — A young gray wolf’s search for a mate apparently won’t take him to the northern Nevada desert where the annual Burning Man festival is staged.

Wildlife officials say that after wandering hundreds of miles across Oregon and northern California, the wolf called OR-7 is no longer headed toward the Black Rock Desert.

California Department of Fish and Game spokesman Mark Stopher says the eastbound wolf came within 15 miles of the Nevada line near Susanville, Calif., early last week before he decided to head back west.

He says it wasn’t suitable wolf habitat where he turned around, and the last report placed the animal in western Lassen County, Calif., about 60 miles west of the Nevada border.

He’s the first gray wolf seen in California in more than 80 years.