California’s sole wolf pack has productive litter

Gray wolf packs peeking out of a den. Credit: Hilary Cooley

California’s only wolf pack took the stay-at-home order to heart and produced a large litter of eight pups. DNA testing showed that there were at least four male gray wolf (Canis lupus) pups and at least two females, according to a report by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for April through June. With the addition of the new pups, the Lassen County pack contains 14 wolves now. Other wolves and packs have spent time in California but later crossed the border or disappeared. The state’s Endangered Species Act protects gray wolves. “We’re elated at the birth of the Lassen Pack’s endearing pups, who are breathing new life into the Golden State’s wolf recovery,” Amaroq Weiss, of the Center for Biological Diversity, told the Associated Press.

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