Raising Livestock in Areas With Wolves Won’t Be Easy

November 9, 2017 – By Noelle Cremers – Almost exactly six years ago, California had its first wolf visitor come into the state from Northeastern Oregon. Since OR-7 first entered California, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has identified two separate packs in Northern California—and each pack has either been suspected or confirmed of killing […]

Wolf pack makes 1st confirmed livestock kill

SACRAMENTO — California has experienced its first confirmed livestock depredation by wolves since the gray wolf returned to the state in 2011. A livestock loss determination report issued Oct. 20 by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed that one week earlier, Oct. 13, the Lassen Pack of wolves killed a cow on private […]

David Little: Wolves at the door — so deal with it

There are wolves in the forest less than two hours from here. As a nature lover, that thrills me. As a hiker and fisherman, that alarms me. As a deer hunter, that upsets me. As a friend of cattle ranchers, that worries me. I feel many different emotions when I contemplate the reintroduction of wolves […]

CA verifies second wolf pack

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has confirmed the presence of a second pack of gray wolves in Northern California. In early May, partner biologists from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) found evidence of recent wolf presence in the Lassen National Forest. CDFW biologists began surveying the area and planning a capture operation […]

Trust between state, ranchers elusive as wolves populate N. California

HAT CREEK, Calif. — More than five years after a gray wolf first set foot in California, trust between state wildlife managers and ranchers remains elusive. That much was certain at a workshop on wolf-livestock conflicts June 14, as state Department of Fish and Wildlife officials were grilled by cattle producers who perceive the agency […]

As California plans to live with wolves, be prepared to share the costs

*Editor’s Note* – Will Graves, founder of WEI, was quoted to say, “Wolves do not belong in cattle raising areas, and in human inhabited areas.” “California’s wolves are on the move. Just how many are haunting Northern California’s backcountry, and where, shifts with the weather and prey. What’s certain is that the elusive predators are […]

As wolves reappear in California, killing of calf highlights tension

A calf was likely killed and eaten by wolves in Siskiyou County last month, state wildlife officials said — the first reported case of the endangered predators dining on ranchers’ livestock and an incident that may raise tensions over wolves’ reappearance in California. The killing of the calf prompted the first “livestock depredation investigation” since […]