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GPS collar stops tracking Oregon's wandering wolf OR-7

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Remote camera photo of wandering wolf OR-7 captured on 5/3/2014 in eastern Jackson County on USFS land. Photo courtesy of USFWS. Remote camera photo of wandering wolf OR-7 captured on 5/3/2014 in eastern Jackson County on USFS land. Photo courtesy of USFWS.
BEND, OR (AP) -

The GPS collar that allowed people around the world to track the movements of Oregon's famous wandering wolf, OR-7, has stopped working.

State officials say the battery has died, and efforts to put a new collar on OR-7 were unsuccessful.

The wolf became globally famous when he set off from his Northeast Oregon pack four years ago and wandered thousands of miles through Oregon and northern California in search of a mate.

He found a mate, settled in the Cascade Range in southern Oregon and has had five pups.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wolf coordinator John Stephenson tells the Bend Bulletin that OR-7 is now being monitored with trail cameras and sightings.

Despite the collar's breakdown, officials say they know where OR-7 and his pack roam.

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