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California's only known wolf pack has new pups

Courtesy California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Posted at 12:54 PM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 18:54:25-04

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reports that a litter of pups has been born to the Lassen Pack, California's only known wolf pack.

CDFW believes the pack now consists of at least two to three adults and three pups.

The new litter is the third litter born to the pack. They were recently spotted on a remote video camera walking through a forest in Lassen County.

The gray wolf is a native species that was wiped out of California in the 1920s, according to the CDFW. The gray wolf is now returning to California on its own from other states.

In 2011, a gray wolf identified as "OR7" was the first wolf detected in California since the '20s.

Gray wolves are protected as endangered species in California.