Wolves in California?

Wolves were driven into extinction in California some time in the 1920s. They were wiped out by hunters and trappers due to the prevailing notion that wolves were a great threat to livestock. Now one of the wild wolves in Oregon has been tracked and found to be on a southern course towards California and may be just 30 miles from the border.

In the recent era, discussions about the possibility of reintroducing wolves in California have been conducted. A research study in 2001 found habitat in northern California and southern Oregon – the Klamath-Siskiyou and Modoc Plateau – could support 470 wild wolves.

A very small number of wild wolves have been living in Oregon since they roamed in from Idaho, where they have experienced a resurgence due to legal protections, even though at times their populations have been reduced by legal annual hunts.

“It’s actually a reason to celebrate. I didn’t think I’d see it in my lifetime,” said a Defenders of Wildlife representative. (Source: SacBee) DOF supports reintroduction of wolves to California.The California Dept. of Game and Fish has been working on a plan which recognizes the possibility a wolf or wolves from Oregon could wander into California. “There’s a very high probability, in the next few years, that a wolf will enter California,” explained the man who is managing the plan for the department, Mark Stopher. (Source: SacBee)

A research study found wolves in Yellowstone are associated with about $35 million dollars a year in tourism revenue, due to the large number of park visitors who  the desire to see them. If the California government allows a wolf population to live within the state again, perhaps they will also be associated with a particular range or national park. Klamath National Forest might be a candidate for a reintroduction zone, but at this point saying so is merely speculation. This area is about 40 miles north of Mt. Shasta, and is a popular destination for tourists.

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Jane Mckenzie
Jane Mckenzie4 years ago

Please save the wolves!

Muriel Servaege
Muriel Servaege4 years ago

Beautiful picture of a magnificent creature.

Eric Luu
Eric Luu4 years ago

Beautiful picture.

Eric Luu
Eric Luu4 years ago

Great news! I've always imagined that California was never complete without wolves. Put them back into their historical range!

Jack S.
Jack S.4 years ago

You guys have NO idea for what you are asking!!! PLEASE, I urge you, do your homework before you merely support a wolf re-introduction program in ANY state simply because you think it sounds cool!! Look at the devastation caused by wolves FAR IN EXCESS of that ever imagined when they were reintroduced unto Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. They are destoying the elk, moose and deer populations all over the Northern Rockies. They have literally devastated the herds of elk that once migrated into and out of Yellowstone National Park. They were removed years ago for a reason folks....just leave it alone! They are now migrating into other states, while the states themselves are tied up with no ability whatsoever to manage them, since they are federally protected. IT IS ABSURD!!! All becase people think they are cute, or majestic, or mystical, or whatever. The fact is that they are ruthless killers of whatever they can find for a food source, and they rapidly multiply...very rapidly, with no check and balance!

Heidi R.
Past Member 4 years ago

A good development.

sheri denato
Past Member 4 years ago

our sissy is part dingo, she has a bigger heart than most people!

Vava W.
V W.4 years ago

What is so wrong about giving these animals a chance!!!
Wolves have always been under scrutiny and prosecution.
No matter where wolves go they are chased from their homes; they have every right to deserve a place to live and a chance to survive.
Wolves and many other animals do not deserve the “unnatural and unpleasant lives" that we bestow on them.

Muriel Servaege
Muriel Servaege4 years ago

Wolves deserve to live. The only ones who don't are those who kill them.

Muriel Servaege
Muriel Servaege4 years ago

We need wolves. They are living beings and they deserve to live.