Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Name That Wolf: Finalists Announced in Wolf-Naming Contest

Oregon Wild has decided to give the wolf a new handle. It recently solicited names for the wanderlust wolf and ended up with more than 250 suggestions

Posted By on Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 7:07 PM

When you tromp 700 miles in search of a mate and meal in Oregon, that’s good enough to gain international notoriety. Well, at least that’s been the experience of OR-7 the youngest member of Oregon’s famous—or infamous, depending on where you stand on wolf recovery—Imnaha wolf pack. It’s been nothing but headlines over the past few weeks for the sable-coated wolf that wandered from Wallowas-based pack several months ago. Given all the attention to OR-7’s travels, Oregon Wild has decided to give the wolf a new handle. It recently solicited names for the wanderlust wolf and ended up with more than 250 suggestions, most of them from young students. The names poured from around the state, across country and even overseas.

The environmental group today announced that it has whittled the potential monikers down to five finalists. If you want to weigh in on the finalists and choose a name, visit Oregon Wild’s Oregon Wolves Facebook page and vote for your favorite. Ballots can be cast through Dec. 31. Here they are directly form the organization’s press release.

Arthur (Arttu)

from a 13 year old in Finland

Journey

from a 7 year old girl in Mountain Home, ID and an 11 year old in Dickinson, ND

Lupin

from a 13-year old girl in La Grande, OR

Max

suggested three times - from a 6th grade class in North Clackamas, OR, a second grader in St. Paul MN, and a second grader in Eugene

Takota

Middle name of a 14 year old boy born in Oregon now living in Oklahoma who is half Shoshone. The name means "friend".


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