For the first time in more than a century, there is a confirmed wolf kill of livestock in California. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) confirmed a member of the Lassen Pack killed a 600-pound heifer on Oct. 13 on a ranch in the northeast corner of the state.
The CDFW report stated the predator responsible for the attack was a wolf because of bite marks, tracks and other evidence at the scene.
The rancher believed wolves were also responsible for attacking four other calves in September.
“It’s important for Californians to understand the full implications of the wolf’s return,” Paul Wenger, Farm Bureau president, told the Sacramento Bee. “CDFW has been more than willing to notify the public when it identifies a new pack or when wolves have pups. People need to recognize wolves not as cute woodland creatures but as predators that kill.”
(Photo source: California Department of Fish and Wildlife)