Recently, a gray wolves pack was spotted in Northern California. This is truly an event, as gray wolves hadn’t populated the mountainous region of Northern California in almost a century.
The video showed two black adult wolves along with their pups, which were four months old. The recording took place in California’s Cascades from Mount Shasta. They named them the “Shasta pack.”
Approximately 100 years ago, the gray wolf species had almost been driven to extinction, due to extensive hunting in that area. It was believed the gray wolf population had been wiped out in 1924. People across the US were accustomed to create fur coats and they wanted to protect their domestic animals.
Photos of the pack were posted on Thursday by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The wolves had been roaming across the Siskiyou County, a rural area.
The director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Charlton Bonham, said that they had expected gray wolves to return to Northern California eventually, and it seems that did happen as of recently.
One of the Defenders of Wildlife conservation nonprofit organization’s members, Pamela Flick, reported that this was a successful story representing the concept of endangered species act.
Moreover, gray wolves had gained the status of “endangered species” in 1973.
A while ago, in 2011, a lone gray wolf had been spotted approximately in the same area, wandering across the forests of Oregon to California’s Cascades. But since then, he found a mating partner and had relocated.
That was the most recent sighting of a lone gray wolf, as biologists urged wildlife authorities to repopulate the area with gray wolves, thinking they would eventually turn south again.
However, some hunters are fearful that gray wolves would kill their pray, and farmers are concerned about their livestock. On the other hand, wildlife protection representatives say that such losses are normal, and well justified. Moreover, the newly spotted gray wolf pack is protected by the California Endangered Species Act.
The president of the nonprofit Defenders of Wildlife, Jamie Clark, explained that potential partnerships ought to allow people with domestic animals and wolves live in harmony in this area. After all, the gray wolves’ homeland used to be California and, concerning the recent event, it should stay that way.
Genetic material was sent to a laboratory in Idaho to determine the packs’ whereabouts, whereas California wildlife officials pointed out that they may use tracking collars with one of the adults.
Photo Credits nationalgeographic.com