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First California Gray Wolf in decades inspires classic rock moniker, "Journey"


Focusing on so much manmade environmental calamity (and the myriad ways we try to counter the madness) can take a toll after a while. Has it really all come to this? Still, it’s a balance. Living in the glorious climates of southern California goes a long way in making up for the air quality and zombie drivers.

Which is why the ceaseless wonders of nature never fail to provide some relief. Living in the relative wilds of California, we’re as used as one can be to the area’s native residents of the animal kingdom saying hello. But when one of nature’s creatures travels great distances to call California home, it’s hard not to appreciate the effort. Especially when it’s names after classic rock band Journey.

Already famous for making the trek from Oregon into California, making him the first Gray Wolf in the state since 1947, conservationists Oregon Wild marked the occasion with a naming contest. The winning entry (which was sent in by an 11-year-old in North Dakota and a 7-year-old in Idaho) was “Journey.” Cue the “Don’t Stop Believin’” puns, from the original Oregon Wild report all the way up to NBC news anchor referencing the Journey song in a national report.

Here’s to you, California Gray Wolf. Long may you roam.