|California is the most recent U.S. state to be recolonized by gray wolves. Since the male wolf OR-7 dispersed from northeastern Oregon and entered California 7 years ago, at least 10 additional wolves have entered California from other states. During this short time frame two pairs have successfully reproduced in California. One of those packs - dubbed the Lassen Pack - persists and had its second litter in 2018.
Monitoring and management is challenging because wolves travel widely and use large, often remote areas. In working landscapes, wolf conservation and management is further complicated by the presence of livestock and land ownership and management patterns. In California this is magnified because most citizens lack of experience living with wolves, and the lack of some tools to mitigate wolf-caused livestock damage.
As CDFW works to conserve wolves and minimize impacts to livestock producers, we strive to collaborate closely with communities within wolf range and to develop good two-way communication, information dissemination, and relationships. CDFW's wolf monitoring and management is adaptive and multifaceted and involves working closely with both wolves and people.