Grey Wolves Return To California After Near-Extinction


Last updated 8/21/2015 at 11:37am

A family of grey wolves, including five pups, has been spotted in Northern California. This is the first established pack in California in close to one hundred years. The two adults and five pups will now be referred to as the Shasta Pack. Last year California wildlife authorities added grey wolves to the state’s endangered species list, anticipating that wolves becoming established in Oregon would find their way to Northern California in time. California’s wolf-management plan is still incomplete as biologists hadn’t counted on discovering an established pack so soon. After being hunted to near-extinction, wolves now occupy almost 10 percent of their previous range. Karen Kovacs, state wolf-monitor, said the Shasta Pack adults are unlikely to be the progeny of OR7- the lone male who wandered Oregon and California in 2011 before locating a mate and becoming part of a pack in Oregon. Wolves have been making a steady come-back since their reintroduction in Yellowstone National Park in 1995. It’s illegal to harm an endangered species.