With the arrival of wolf OR7 into California in late 2011, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) began a series of actions that included informing the general public, and engaging stakeholder groups representing diverse interests. In April 2012, CDFW organized a stakeholder meeting to provide updates on the status of OR7, wolf populations outside of California, and to solicit input on recommended future actions by CDFW relative to gray wolves.
A Wolf Stakeholder Working Group (SWG) was formally convened by CDFW for development of a California Wolf Conservation Plan (Plan). The first SWG Meeting was held February 5, 2013. The SWG also formed the following subgroups: Wolf-Conservation Subgroup, Wolf-Livestock Interactions Subgroup, Wolf-Ungulate Interactions Subgroup. The SWG subgroups engaged in joint fact-finding to provide recommendations and help inform development of the Plan. CDFW provided the first comprehensive draft for SWG review in December 2014.