California Gray Wolf On Endangered Species List
(AP) — California officials have decided to add the gray wolf to the state’s endangered species list.
At a meeting Wednesday, the state’s Fish and Game Commission voted 3-1 in favor of the listing, which will keep the animal safe from hunters’ crosshairs. The decision requires a second vote in August to become final.
Cattle ranchers opposed to endangered or threatened status say the wolf is a threat to valuable herds. Environmentalists counter there are places where wolves and livestock exist together.
The debate comes into focus as a lone wolf – named OR-7 – began roaming into Northern California from Oregon in 2011. That’s when the wolf was the seventh in Oregon to be fitted with a GPS tracking collar.[ read more… ]