Wandering wolf inspires hope and dread

By JEFF BARNARD | November 28, 2011 | 4:40 AM EST

This Aug. 4, 2010 photo provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shows a male wolf from the Wenaha pack after being fitted with a radio collar in northeastern Oregon. A young male from the Imnaha pack has become a celebrity since striking out for a new territory in search of a mate in September. His position has been tracked by GPS transmissions from his collar, showing he zigzagged 730 miles to end up 320 miles from home. Lately he has been in the southern Cascade Range. (AP Photo/Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A young wolf from Oregon has become a media celebrity while looking for love.

The wolf known as OR-7 had trekked hundreds of miles across the state, nearly to California.

Meanwhile, his male parent and a sibling that stayed home near Idaho are under a death warrant for killing cattle.

Biologists know about his movements because he has been fitted him with a tracking collar.

Each time he crosses a county line, his trek makes it into newspapers and TV news.

The conservation group Oregon Wild has begun a contest to give OR-7 a different name. It hopes he will become too famous to be shot.

One entry came from as far away as Finland. The first came from a little girl, who suggested "Whoseafraida.'"