Fish and Wildlife releases management plan for wolves in California

Wolves have been a topic of conversation as of late, since a male and female pair was confirmed in Lassen County in November of this year.

This month, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife released a Final Wolf Management Plan for California.

“This planning effort addresses important concerns that arrive with the presence of wolves, including conflicts with livestock and the maintenance of adequate prey sources for wolves, other predators and public use,” it says in the CDFW plan.

The plan is split up into two parts. The first part contains brief summaries of the development of the plan, key issues, goals, objectives and strategies to achieve the plan’s goals. Part two contains a detailed background on wolf conservation.

According to the CDFW, the agency began to prepare for the possibility of gray wolves in 2011 by monitoring news of the recent expansion of wolf territory in Oregon and Washington.

“It appeared reasonable to anticipate that wolves would eventually come into California given the species’ ability to disperse,” said the CDFW.

The CDFW was able to secure a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Section 6 grant to fund the development of a gray wolf plan.

The CDFW established a Stakeholder Working Group made up of organizations and interest groups in California, covering agricultural, conservation, environmental and hunting interests.

Wolf Management Plan strategies

The plan discusses 10 strategies and three phases that will need to be followed in able to help conserve the gray wolf.

The first strategy talks about how the wolf population will need to be monitored and assessed including monitoring trail cameras, looking at scat and hair samples, and capturing and collaring.

This strategy also calls for collecting and compiling reported wolf sightings in California.

Strategy two will assess and address threats to wolf conservation, which includes identifying disease and risk factors that pose a health threat to people or other animals.

Strategy three will help protect and manage habitats to provide abundant prey for wolves and other predators as well as for use by the public.

Strategy four helps in managing wolf and livestock conflicts by providing timely information regarding wolf activity in the vicinity of livestock, providing non-lethal assistance to livestock producers and consider development of livestock and wolf program which could provide compensation.

Strategy five develops outreach to the public who may be affected by wolves.

Strategy six helps to manage wolf and human interactions to reduce safety concerns involving humans or pets.

Strategy seven involves conducting surveys to gather information about the public’s knowledge of wolves and conservation and their attitudes towards it.

Strategy eight manages conflict between wolves and other endangered species.

Strategy nine coordinates with public agencies, landowners and other entities to help achieve wolf conservation goals by informing them of wolf activity and den sites.

Strategy 10 reports on and evaluates the implementation of the plan, which involves preparing an annual update of the CDFW’s activities.

According to the plan, wolf conservation will be implemented through three phases.

Phase one accounts for the period of establishment of wolves, first as individuals dispersing wolves and then through formation of packs. This phase is currently under way.

The CDFW says phase one will end when four breeding pairs are confirmed for two consecutive years. A breeding pair consists of one adult female, one adult male and at least one adult male and two pups that survive until Dec. 31.

“Based on information from Washington and Oregon, the estimated population at the conclusion of Phase 1 will likely be in a range of 90 to 110 wolves,” said the CDFW plan.

Phase two will begin after the CDFW confirms four breeding pairs for two consecutive years.

The CDFW says phase two will end when eight breeding pairs are confirmed for two consecutive years.

“This phase is envisioned as a period of time when wolves range into and inhabit suitable areas of Northern California and perhaps portions of the central Sierra Nevada,” said the CDFW’s plan.

Based on wolf recolonization and recovery data from Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, the population at the end of phase two and the beginning of phase 3 will be around 153 to 190 wolves.

During phase 3, long-term management strategies will be implemented.

According to the CDFW, this period will provide a suitable time frame to decide whether the state listing as endangered remains warranted.

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16 thoughts on “Fish and Wildlife releases management plan for wolves in California

  • December 23, 2016 at 1:14 pm
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    Attention bird watchers and other wild life enthusiasts: The person linked below has publicly admitted his desire to illegally kill wildlife in plumas county. If you see this person engaging in suspicious activities, especially in the Lake Davis area please contact local law enforcement.

    https://m.facebook.com/photo.p

    • December 24, 2016 at 11:56 am
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      Doesnt look like she could meander 20ft out into the woods let alone slaughter any wildlife.

      • December 24, 2016 at 1:11 pm
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        Sorry patty, Not sure what happened there. Edited link, Check again, thanks.

        • December 24, 2016 at 4:45 pm
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          Hes hunting coyotes?

          • December 24, 2016 at 5:28 pm
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            Yes, and he has also expressed very clearly his desire to poach wolves that have recently migrated into our area.

          • December 24, 2016 at 6:12 pm
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            Well coyotes are a non game animal. I hope hes at least eating them. I spent a year in china as an exchange student. I ate plenty of dog meat. Poodle meat is extraordinary tender and treated as a delicacy. Coyote isnt as good as poodle but i do take a few myself every year to barbeque. Ill be honest, i was a bit hesitant to try dog in china, but when the family spent a weeks worth of wages for poodle meat as a welcoming dinner i felt obligated.

          • December 24, 2016 at 6:30 pm
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            I doubt it, this guy has no respect for life in general.

          • December 28, 2016 at 8:54 am
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            I do eat what I kill:
            wolf taste just like coyote, sharp kind of bitter, not as bad as bear, really lean low in cholesterol.
            there’s certain criteria that should be met in harvesting
            allthough the bar is really really low. the bonce is the pelt, easy $100
            but why would they reintroduce a predator like that puts lots in danger. not a nice predator, be sad when, not if , when some 1 loses a pet or toddler, they can even take adults. id like to see how much this costs us for this experimental program. ranchers need sheep dog.

          • December 28, 2016 at 9:09 am
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            Honestly though, i do take a few fox and bobcat every year and dont eat em. Use their fur to make coats for my thin haired dobermans. The meat gets eaten by the dogs but not me. Im not a fan of cat meat, too stringy.

            Never had wolf before but would LOVE to try it. You know they’re talkin about reintroducing grizzly bears to the area. Thats fine for big city folk but when you live off grid in the back country outside johnsville with 3 kids and a wife id shoot those devils on sight.

          • December 29, 2016 at 9:09 am
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            cant just shoot on sight. check out rules 1st, but you can

          • December 28, 2016 at 11:10 am
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            Dennis Dickinson, stop lying, the only thing you and Ms. Piggy have killed is a mountain of crappy fried food from Dollards, lmao!

            Question: If I legally kill a wolf in Idaho, can I return to California with the wolf and or hide? (Tom R.)

            Answer: Legally harvested wolves and wolf pelts may not be imported into California. The Fish and Game Commission has listed the wolf as endangered in California and consequently, the following would apply: “No person shall import into this state, export out of this state, or take, possess, purchase, or sell within this state, any species, or any part or product thereof, that the commission determines to be an endangered species or a threatened species.” (FGC, section 2080)

          • December 28, 2016 at 12:18 pm
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            Just keep hitting that report button, Dennis. Is it the Ms. Piggy comments
            ( Trump’s words not mine) or do you not like me posting your full name?

            Anyhoo, I know what a liar you are, so just for the record; you are not allowed to buy, sell or possess any part of a wolf in california, period.

          • December 29, 2016 at 8:29 am
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            currently, 7 states
            10&0

          • December 29, 2016 at 8:57 am
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            You are one brain dead idiot, baby boomer troll. I said California, and asked you where you have hunted them. Just a simple question and a simple fact, but your obviously not interested in reality.

            So, here’s another reality check for you. The connection between you and Trent Saxton is your wife. Yep , that’s right they are both EMTs at Eastern plumas hospital.
            Does she know you troll the local news site every day while she is at work? Do you two hate gays as much as Trent?

            Anyhoo, I’m currently working on some really nice emails for my friends at epdh,
            Tootaloo!

          • December 28, 2016 at 12:25 pm
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            What criteria is that, what States have you hunted wolves in?

          • December 24, 2016 at 5:51 pm
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            Here is a post from ten days ago. Note: I’ve edited a few of Trent’s choice words for state law enforcement.

            Trent Saxton
            Oh, pleassssssse take this as a screen shot too…….First….I could give a shit…forward her this…The fish and game department is full of d*kes and f*gs…High school grads…that couldn’t get a job in the private sector. I will still kill every wolf I see…in any state…even the pups. It would be like abortion to you…who cares? right?
            Tell her that you are a Mewling Quim and of little importance, besides being gutless and self important. As far as this “small” community….(I’m chuckling) who cares what these inbred, pukes have to say…They’re not even on the same playing field with me…you’re just an emotional, big mouth, without back up…You lost, we won, get over it. Oh, read today’s paper…LOLOL you’re still a f**ked up Troll, and getting bor ing. Orange Hitler?..it’s real obvious you lack an education too….(I can’t stop laughing) How’s your trailer holding up in this weather? Did you run out of Meds?
            9:52 a.m., Wednesday Dec. 14 | Other comments by Trent Saxton

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