8o years later: The Gray Wolf Returns to California


When reports were released earlier this month from California Department of Fish and Wildlife that images of a lone “large, dark-colored canid” were captured near the California-Oregon border, wildlife biologists held their breath in anticipation.  The sighting, if confirmed, would be the second gray wolf spotted in California since the population was eradicated from the state in the 1920s.

And confirmed it was.  Today, wildlife officials’ reported this “lone wolf” is anything but lonesome.  Motion activated cameras placed throughout Siskiyou county captured photos of two adult gray wolves and five pups.  The family of seven, fondly referred to as “the Shasta Pack”, is considered the first established wolf pack in California in over eighty years.

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