California’s first wolf pack in 90 years caught on camera

A trail camera shot dated Aug. 9, 2015, shows five gray wolf pups in Northern California. Credit: CDFW

A trail camera shot dated Aug. 9, 2015, shows five gray wolf pups in Northern California. Credit: CDFW

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Author: Steven Shaw
Date: 08.20.15

CALIFORNIA - After a nine decade drought, California is home to wolves. The “Shasta Pack” (as they’ve been named) was announced by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) on Thursday, August 20. The news comes after photos were captured by trail cameras in Siskiyou County in May and July of what is believed — but not confirmed — to be a gray wolf.

Given the pups’ proximity to the animal photographed earlier, state wildlife officials believe it to be the same wolf associated with the young canids, estimated to be a few months old. “This news is exciting for California,” said Charlton H. Bonham of CDFW. “We knew wolves would eventually return home to [California] and it appears now is the time.”  In addition to DNA testing, the CDFW plans to radio-collar at least one of the wolves in an effort to keep tabs on California’s newest inhabitants.  The exact location of the wolves is not being disclosed, consistent with past practice and in an effort to keep the wolves safe from harm.

While these wolves are most likely to have traveled from Oregon, they are so far considered unlikely to have any relation to OR-7, Oregon’s now famous wolf, or his family known as the “Rogue Pack.”  The Golden State’s announcements comes on the paws of a remarkable wolf sighting in the Black Hills of South Dakota.