2nd pack of gray wolves
spotted in Northern California
FRANCISCO (AP) — A female gray wolf, her mate and at least
three pups are the second pack of wolves spotted in Northern
California since the species went extinct there in 1924,
state wildlife officials said Wednesday.
gray pups were born this spring in Lassen National Forest to
a female wolf of unknown origins. Her mate is the son of
OR7, a wolf with a tracking device that was the first of its
kind in almost a century to migrate into California from
Oregon, the Department of Fish and Wildlife said.
Biologists began surveying the Lassen National Forest area
in May after they found evidence of wolf presence.
June 30, they captured the 75-pound female gray wolf and
fitted her with a tracking collar, the first wolf collared
in California. An examination revealed she had recently
given birth to pups.
later, Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists returned
to the area for a follow-up check on the female and found
that a nearby trail camera operated by the U.S. Forest
Service had captured photos of the mother and pups. The gray
pups were also photographed playing in front of the camera.
most of the pack's known activity to date has been in
western Lassen County, which is near the eastern state line,
some tracks have also been confirmed in Plumas County,
wolves, named the Lassen Pack by the U.S. Forest Service
employee who first detected their location, are the second
pack of gray wolves known to be in California since they
were killed off in the 1920s, officials said.
first confirmed breeding pair in California produced five
pups in Siskiyou County in 2015. The family of seven gray
wolves, known as the Shasta Pack, hasn't been spotted since
May 2016, although one of the pups was detected in
northwestern Nevada in November 2016, the department said.
Flick, California representative for Defenders of Wildlife,
called finding a new pack of gray wolves in the state
proved that a wolf could make the trek to California. The
Shasta Pack gave us hope for wolf packs here. Now the
presence of the Lassen Pack shows that wolves are eager to
return to their native territory in the Golden State," Flick
officials in 2014 granted the wolf protections under the
state's endangered species act, despite opposition from
hunting and livestock groups who fear the predator will kill
deer and valuable cattle. Under California's protections,
gray wolves can't be killed or hunted.
Wildlife officials said the tracking collar on the Lassen
Pack's adult female could help minimize the friction with
ranchers by learning the animal's survival, reproduction and
wolves are also listed as endangered by the federal
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