Sighting of gray wolves stirs excitement, worry in Lassen County

Updated 5:28 pm, Thursday, November 3, 2016

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife this week confirmed the presence of a male and a female wolf in the county, both believed to have been living there since as early as 2015. The male came from a pack in Oregon that authorities have been tracking, while the female’s origin is unknown.

Though there is no evidence the couple have had cubs, officials said, they are being watched closely. Gray wolves only began returning to California in 2011 after being eliminated more than a century ago.

Their comeback has been lauded by environmentalists and researchers who reintroduced the Canis lupus species into the Rocky Mountains two decades ago. But livestock owners and others in rural communities harbor concerns about the predator’s growth in the wild.

“It is exciting that we have a species coming back from the brink, but we also need to recognize that California today in 2016 is very different than it was 100 years ago,” said Karen Kovacs, a state fish and wildlife program manager who studies wolves.

More: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Pair-of-gray-wolves-found-in-Lassen-County-10592138.php

6 thoughts on “Sighting of gray wolves stirs excitement, worry in Lassen County

  1. This is wonderful news, showing how determined this species is to try and survive the terrible ignorance and barbaric assaults on them. The livestock industry and its cohorts are not happy about this, and I am fearful that if wolf supporters know of them—the killers do as well, and they will be out looking for them. What we need to help wildlife species now, is what they must do in Africa: have armed (unfortunately) patrols out there protecting them. That is what it is coming down to, I’m sorry to say.

  2. I’m almost afraid to say anything. It’s a mixed blessing have these announcements, although I guess it better to know and to know what happens to them. I really cannot believe that two wolves would cause ‘worry’. It’s totally irrational. Why don’t other problems cause worry? I’m not sure what the Energy Bill with it’s last-ditch, Hail Mary wolf delisting language in it. Is that all these #*%#&#%$’s do in Washington, target wolves? If I vote Democrat, do not disappoint us!

  3. ““It is exciting that we have a species coming back from the brink, but we also need to recognize that California today in 2016 is very different than it was 100 years ago,” said Karen Kovacs, a state fish and wildlife program manager who studies wolves. ”

    I wish people wouldn’t say things like this, and talk down to people. Of course we know it’s different everywhere than 100 years ago!!!!! Actually, for ranchers, it still is 100 years ago or more, and they pay the same kinds of fees and get the same government preferential treatment (maybe she means them? sure). We also know that if something isn’t done to protect wildlands and wild places, it’ll only get worse.

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