2019: Gray Wolves Protection Confirmed in California

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 29 January 2019


Gray Wolves in California

OR-7 Leads the Way
Gray wolf OR7. CDFW photo by Richard Shinn.
Gray wolf OR7. CDFW photo by Richard Shinn.

Judge upholds protection for gray wolves in California,
AP, January 28, 2019.


Protections Upheld
“A California judge on Monday upheld protection for gray wolves under the state’s Endangered Species Act, rejecting a legal challenge from ranchers and farmers who fear the predators will threaten their livestock.”

“...California was right to list the wolves as endangered in 2014.”

“...California Farm Bureau Federation and the California Cattlemen’s Association argued the listing was arbitrary because there are so few wolves in the state.”

“A wolf known as OR-7 made headlines in 2011 when it traveled south from Oregon — making it the first known wolf in California since 1924.”

“The California Fish and Game Commission granted the gray wolf protections under the state’s endangered species act, despite opposition from hunting and livestock groups who worry an unchecked population will kill deer and valuable cattle.”

“OR-7 eventually returned to Oregon in 2014 and the wolf has successfully reproduced each year since. ”



Family Life Ensues
Gray wolf and pups, Photo taken by US Forest Service remote trail camera. June 29, 2017.
Photo taken by US Forest Service remote trail camera. June 29, 2017




Second pack of gray wolves spotted in Northern California,
Phys Org, July 6, 2017.


“These 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.”

“They are also listed as endangered by the federal government.”




Pubbies at Play
Wolf puppies at play in Lassen National Forest, Photo taken by US Forest Service remote trail camera. June 30, 2017.
Photo taken by US Forest Service remote trail camera. June 30, 2017.



Gray Wolves in Northern California Images & Information

California Department of Fish & Wildlife

More CDFW Gray Wolf Photos



CDFW Video of Playing Puppies on Utube



Consequences of Saving Species Grows, as do the Consequences of Killing them

Yellowstone streams recovering thanks to wolf reintroduction,
Oregon State University, OSU, November 8. 2018.




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