California's Wyoming-Wolf Connection
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
April 17, 2020
The California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDF&W) reports that the Lassen pack is the only known wolf pack in the state, roaming a broad swath of Lassen and Plumas counties. The pack was first detected by a trail camera in the summer of 2015, and was documented to have produced pups in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
The breeding male wolf originated in the Oregon wolf population but the female’s genetics are more intriguing. According to CDF&W, "Genetic testing indicated the male wolf (CA08M) was born into the Rogue Pack in 2014. The female wolf is not closely related to known Oregon wolves. It is suspected she dispersed from another part of the broader northern Rocky Mountain wolf population, and she has been found to have half-siblings in the Wyoming wolf population."
Gray wolves in California are protected under the Federal Endangered Species Act and California Endangered Species Act.
To learn more about wolf monitoring in California, check out the links below: