Last week the California Department of Fish and Wildlife posted a trail cam video of the Lassen Pack, California’s only known wolf pack. Photo courtesy of the California Department of Fish and Wildfire

State posts Lassen Pack video

Last week the California Department of Fish and Wildlife posted a trail cam video of the Lassen Pack, California’s only known wolf pack, on the website wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Mammals/Gray-Wolf/Photos.

As of early July 2019, CDFW estimates the pack consists of a minimum of two to three adults/yearlings and three pups.

According to CDFW, a new litter born this year is the third litter born to the pack.

Quarterly news

CDFW provided a Wolf Management Update from April to June 2019 on its website.

According to the update, winter trail cameras were picked up, revealing a minimum of five adults and yearling wolves traveling together. The breeding female whelped about April 15 and a minimum of three pups have been detected, but the state agency estimates the Lassen Pack contains a minimum of two to three adults/yearlings and three pups. Efforts in June to place radio collars on some wolves in the pack were unsuccessful.

During the quarter, OR-54 traveled a minimum distance of 1,116 miles visiting Lassen, Butte, Nevada, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties. She left her natal pack Jan. 23, 2018, and has traveled at least 6,644 miles — an average of 13 miles per day.

On April 2, CDFW investigated the carcass of a one-month old calf in Siskiyou County that was located while monitoring cluster point locations from OR-54’s GPS collar.

In addition, wintering monitoring cameras documented two different black wolves traveling alone in two different locations in Lassen County.

According to the website, “CDFW continues to receive and investigate reports of wolf presence from many parts of California. Public reports are an important tool for CDFW. Report wolf sightings or signs to wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Mammals/Gray-Wolf/Sighting-Report

 

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