First Gray Wolf Pack Seen In California

Posted: Aug 21 2015, 5:31am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

First Gray Wolf Pack Seen in California
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  • First Gray Wolf Pack Existent in California after a Century of Absence

The first gray wolf pack is existent in California after a century of absence.

A gray wolf pack has been found in the state of California. This is the first such incident in a hundred years. It consists of two adult parent wolves and five pups. It is called the Shasta Pack by researchers.

This group of fierce creatures was found in Siskiyou County by chance. Trail cameras in the region have caught footage of the wolf pack. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife experts also collected fecal matter that belonged to wolves. More cameras were fitted in the area to spot the rare find.

Finally, on August 9th, it was established that there was a wolf pack in the vicinity. The state authorities added endangered species to the list of new wildlife introduced into the locus. And it was not known whether there were any wolves in the state.

But it appears to be the case that there definitely are wolves in California. The wolves started their journey from Oregon and settled in California. What surprised biologists was that an entire wolf pack should be extant. The state authorities are not ready yet to manage larger samples of endangered species.

According to sources, the authorities were not only surprised but rather shocked. That is to see wolf packs in the region. Oregon is home to 145 wolves. The number of wolf packs in the area amount to a total of 31.

A radio collar will be attached to at least one of the Shasta Pack wolves. Since the introduction of wolves in America, they have grown by leaps and bounds. The process of wildlife conservation began in the mid 90s. And it has continued unabated. Yellowstone National Park was the original provenance of the wolves.

Wolf packs had been hunted by poachers to the point of extinction. Then in 1973, an act was passed by Congress which afforded them protection. The urban environment resists their existence.

There are even states where wolves have no immunity from getting shot dead. They include: Alaska, Idaho and Montana. The determination of wolf populations is an imprecise science. Wolves have re-occupied 10% of their former levels in the wild.

Their growth has been a successful experiment. They happen to be the toughest and hardiest of creatures. It is illegal to kill species on the endangered list. Yet many farmhands have shot wolves that tried to harm their livestock.

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