After a thorough investigation of an incident in Siskiyou County, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) released a wolf depredation incident report. The incident was observed on Nov. 10, 2015.
The report classified this incident as “probable.” That is, there is some evidence to suggest wolf predation of livestock involving at least one animal (calf).
In June 2014, the California Fish and Game Commission voted to list gray wolves as endangered under the California Endangered Species Act (ESA). The gray wolf is also listed as endangered in California, under the Federal ESA of 1973. Gray wolves in California are therefore protected by the ESA making it illegal to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture or collect wolves, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct in California.
Though wolves rarely pose a direct threat to human safety, CDFW recommends that people never approach, feed or otherwise disturb a wolf. For more information about staying safe in wolf-occupied areas, including what people should do if they encounter a wolf, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/mammals/gray-wolf/faq.
Proprietary and location information has been redacted from the report.
CDFW’s draft Conservation Plan for Gray Wolves in California was made available on Dec. 2, 2015. CDFW is receiving input on the plan until Feb. 15, 2016.
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Jordan Traverso, CDFW Communications, (916) 654-9937