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California’s first gray wolf pack since wild wolves disappeared from the state nearly a century ago was spotted in the woods in the northern part of the state, wildlife officials said on Thursday.
The pack appears to include a wolf photographed by state fish and wildlife experts last month, then believed to be alone.
“This news is exciting for California,” Charlton H. Bonham, director of the Department of Fish and Wildlife, said in a statement. “We knew wolves would eventually return home to the state, and it appears now is the time.”
Pictures of the wolves – five pups and two adults – posted on the department’s website show the family in a meadow with tall trees behind them.
Officials said the pups appear to be a few months old. Officials learned of their existence thanks to cameras posted in remote parts of Siskiyou County near Mount Shasta, which snapped images of the pups and adults, the statement said. Officials have named the group the Shasta Pack.
I view it as good news--great news, actually--but some folks disagree, thinking the wolves will pose a danger to humans and their animals. I've seen wild wolves at Yellowstone in the winter and it was one of the most thrilling days of my life. To encounter one in the backcountry while running would be amazing.