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The Oregon wolf that made history

Author discusses her book ‘Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7’

Published on August 10, 2017 12:01AM


SEASIDE — Author Beckie Elgin will discuss her book “Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf That Made History” 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Seaside Public Library.

The event, presented by the Friends of the Seaside Library, will take place in the Community Room.

“Journey” is the documented history of the tagged Oregon wolf who left northeast Oregon to find a mate, and became the first wild wolf to enter California in 87 years.

Elgin will share the story, based on known facts, behind the sojourn of this collared Oregon wolf, the library said in a release. She will describe the wolf’s life, from his birth until the time he left his natal pack for a 4,000-mile three-year trek.

In addition, Elgin will share background information about the lifestyle of wolves, their history with humans, and methods used by scientists to study wolves.

The author will present dilemmas, such as science “intruding” into the lives of the animals, with collaring and GPS tracking vs. the need to gain information to protect the species.

Elgin has an MFA from Pacific University and has published numerous articles about wolves that have appeared in The Oregonian, Earth Island Journal, Mail Tribune and other publications.

The Seaside Public Library is located at 1131 Broadway St. For more information, call 503-738-6742 or visit seasidelibrary.org.


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