If you love wolves or you are a great fan House Stark’s sigil, you will be pleased to hear that a new wolf pack has emerged in California, wolves that have not been seen for almost one century. They are not dire wolves, but the pack consists of two black adults and 5 babies, estimated to be around 4 months old. The pack was last seen in the proximity of Mount Shasta, which is located in the north of the state.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife was kind enough to release some camera images of the wolf family. As stated above, the family consists of 7 members: the two parents and 5 little cubs. The group has even been given a name: the Shasta Pack. It was obviously given basted on the pack’s location near Mount Shasta.
Trail cameras first recorded a lonesome specimen back in May and July, so the CDFW wanted to see if there is anything else in the area that might be worth monitoring. And it seems that their curiosity paid off quite well, having identified the entire pack and being able to keep an eye on their activities. Moreover, the CDFW stated that the adult can be assigned to the pack given its previously recorded location.
Charlton H. Bonham, the director of CDFW, has expressed his delight when speaking about the wolves saying that it was expected of the wolves to return back to their motherland and their return can only mean “exciting news for California”.
While the great return has been greeted with excitement, concern was also voiced, mostly by hunters and livestock producers. There were people who considered this “an Endangered Species Act success story in the making” while others claimed that if people want to see more of these wolves, they should show some sympathy to those who are taking care of them and feeding them.
California does not really have a good history when it comes to wolf preservation. Wild wolves used to be quite common in California, but most of them are gone now. The only remaining “old” wolves present in the area are these grey wolves and the OR7, who has been gone for more than a year and is the only breeding male in the southern part of Rogue Park.
The preservation of these wolves is of utmost importance, especially since the last wolf sight confirmed in the state dates back to 1924. Hopefully, with the aid of the CDFW and other locals, these wolves will be able to live their lives in peace as they should.
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