New California Wolf Pack

Thursday, August 20th, 2015
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Photos Courtesy of California Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Shasta Pack of Northern California is a family of seven gray wolves, two adults and five pups! The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) just released photos of the pack, which are all dark in color. The pups appear to be a few months old and approximately 35-40 pounds.

CDFW had set up additional trail cameras after earlier photographs recorded a single canid in May and July. More photographs and video of the Shasta Pack are expected next week.

California Wolf Pups 2The world famous lone Oregon Wolf, OR-7 had made California part of his home range for four years. He was the first confirmed wolf in the state since 1924. He and his family of three new pups, two yearlings and mate, the Rogue Pack, are currently residing in Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest in Oregon.

In anticipation of wolves returning to golden state, EPIC worked to see the gray wolf listed as endangered under the California Endangered Species Act. In June 2014, the California Fish and Game Commission voted in favor of listing. This was also the day that first OR-7 pups were confirmed. The gray wolf continues to be listed in California under the Federal Endangered Species Act; therefore, it is illegal to harass, harm, pursue or to engage in any such conduct.

California Wolf Pups 3Now that we have an official wolf pack regulations and enforcement of the protection of wolves is paramount. The California Draft Wolf Management Plan is expected to be released for public comment this year. EPIC has put in hundreds of hours as a stakeholder with the CDFW and many others to draft the plan. The draft plan has since gone through peer review and is currently being updated to include the new Shasta Pack information.

Please stay tuned for more updates and the opportunity to comment on the California Wolf Plan later this year.

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