A male grey wolf left his flock in 2012, traveled through Oregon, and entered the state of California. He’s the first wild wolf to enter California since 1924. He’s known as “OR-7,” the seventh wolf having a GPS location-tracking collar. Map illustrations have been used to monitor his travel.
Wolf OR-7 went back to Oregon, mated with a female wolf, and became a parent of two pups. They were considered the Rogue Pack, an official designation to the location within the Rogue River water reservoir. The pack represents a story of wolves returning to their historic land.
Monitoring a Solitary Wolf
We conducted a Wolf OR-7 Expedition, which covered 1200-miles adventure following the Wolf OR-7 paths. My group and I hiked and mountain biked through northern California and Oregon to monitor the wolf’s overall path.
Our journey aims to tell the story of Wolf OR-7s as wolves like the Rogue Pack bounds the current wolf country. And we’re studying how we can utilize the tales to remold representations about wolves and teach ourselves about the specific ways to live with bigger predators.
You can consider the Wolf OR-7 story map as an experiment.
A Map Tells the Story
When I first read a news article about the Wolf OR-7, it involved a map of Oregon that had a strange, irregular crossline through the state. The map has turned to be a path to understand the story of Wolf OR-7. It may be map illustrations utilized by the federal and state biologists to determine geo-located data points and estimated line of travel. But there are also elements of the tale that make the maps left untold. So I chose to create a map that involves further content to point out the narrative landscape embracing the wolf.
The maps included in the story will emphasize Wolf Or-7’s life, his relatives, environment, and the history of wolves in the country. Due to limited space within the text, there are further more details we wanted to write about but can no longer.Just read through our expedition blog post about details that were not included before the final production of the map illustrations.