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Expedition forming to retrace 1,200-mile trek of wandering Oregon wolf OR-7

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File - This May 8, 2012 file photo provided by the California Department of Fish and Game shows OR-7, the Oregon wolf that has trekked across two states looking for a mate, on a sagebrush hillside in Modoc County, Calif. An expedition is gearing up to hike and bike along the 1,200-mile trail of wandering wolf OR-7 as he trekked across Oregon into Northern California, crossing territory that hasn’t seen his kind in nearly a century as he looked for a mate. They hope the journey, as told in traditional storytelling, multimedia blogging, and a documentary film, will offer new insights into what the spread of wolves across the West means for the people who live here. (AP Photo/Richard Shinn/California Department of Fish and Game, File) (The Associated Press)

Wildlife advocates are preparing to retrace the 1,200-mile path of a wandering wolf whose trek in 2011 across Oregon and California attracted worldwide attention.

Members of the Wolf OR-7 Expedition say they hope their upcoming journey will help build greater acceptance of wolves as they reclaim lost territories across the West.

OR-7 became an international celebrity after leaving northeastern Oregon in 2011 in search of a mate. Along the way he crossed territory that had not seen a wolf in decades.

The expedition plans to start in mid-May from a spot overlooking Hells Canyon, and cover 900 miles by bike and 300 miles on foot in 40 days.

The group includes a professional tracker, a storyteller, a documentary filmmaker and a multimedia blogger.

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