Watch Californias Only Known Wolf Pack Has Three New Pups

first_img The only known wolf pack in California has welcomed at least three new pups, according to wildlife officials.The new additions bring the number of gray wolves in the state to at least seven, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) said in a report.The pups were born to a mother in the Lassen Pack ― which lives in an area spanning Lassen and Plumas counties ― in April. Trail cameras in Lassen County recorded the pups, as well as two or three adult wolves, in June.Video footage released by the CDFW show the pups yipping and howling as they travel on a trail in a wooded area, roughly 100 miles south of the Oregon border, with adult wolves of the pack.“This pack has been on the landscape in California since 2016,” Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Kent Laudon told The Mercury News. “They had their first litter in 2017. Generally you would expect pups every year, so long as the adults stay healthy. They are acting like regular wolves.”The exact total number of gray wolves — which are protected as endangered under both California and federal Endangered Species Acts — in the state are difficult to come by because the animals roam hundreds of miles into other states, including Oregon and Nevada. Only two wolves in California have been radio-collared.A species native to California, the gray wolf roamed much of the West before they were driven to the point of extinction in the state during the 1920s, according to the CDFW.But in 2011, a radio-collared wolf that biologists called OR-7 wandered from Oregon into California, starting the new era of wolf recovery in the state.“Having wolves return to California is one of the most significant environmental developments in conservation in this state,” said Amaroq Weiss, an advocate for West Coast wolves with the Center for Biological Diversity, told KQED.However, in March, KQED reported that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it would seek to delist grey wolves as an endangered species in most of the lower 48 states. The proposal drew opposition from scientists and members of Congress.Weiss said maintaining federal endangered status is crucial, since many of California’s wolves come from other states that might not have similar protection at the state level.More on Geek.com:‘Perfectly Preserved’ Head of 40,000-Year-Old Ice Age Wolf Found in Siberia‘Dog’ Rescued From Frozen River Turns Out to Be a Wild WolfWhy Four Canadian Wolves Were Airlifted to a US National Park Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ last_img read more

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