A wolf that left his pack in Oregon in 2011 has finally found love - three years and 205 miles later.
Grey wolf OR-7 - named so because he was the seventh of his species fitted with a tracking collar in Oregon - walked from Oregon to the southern Cascade Mountains near the California border in search of a new mate.
According to the Metro, he has now found a black female mate and had a litter after his mammoth journey.
Anticipating the establishment of its first wolf more than seven decades after they were wiped out by hunting, the California Fish and Game Commission has voted to move forward with listing grey wolves as endangered.
Michael Sutton, president of the commission, told the Washington Post: "No land animal is more iconic in the American West than the grey wolf.
"Wolves deserve our protection as they begin to disperse from Oregon to their historic range in California."
The move had opposition from The California Cattlemen's Association, who believe reintroducing and protecting wolves in the area will threaten their livestock.
But speaking to the Washington Post, Amaroq Weiss, the Centre for Biological Diversity's West Coast organiser, said: "I'm just thrilled that we have a new wolf family in southern Oregon and that these beautiful animals are finally getting protection in California.
"This is the first chapter in a longer story of wolves returning to California and living here in the wild."