Buddy is believed to have walked a whopping 500 miles from Idaho to California, defying incredible odds along the way to reclaim his species' native territory after more than 85-years of being absent. For his extraordinary efforts, Buddy's become something of a cherished figure among biologists in the region.
"It's human nature to root for the underdog. This is like the under-wolverine," U.S. Forest Service carnivore specialist Bill Zielinski told the Sacramento Bee.
"Here, against all odds, is an animal that has made an amazing trek to be with us in California. Any betting person would not have guessed it would have persisted as long as it has."