California Wolf Stakeholder Working Group

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 specific interest groups (i.e. hunting/conservation, agriculture, and environmental/conservation interests) individually about those actions.

To communicate collectively with the interest groups, CDFW organized a meeting in April, 2012 to bring the stakeholder interests together, provide current information on the status of OR7, gray wolf populations outside of California, CDFW’s observations about the OR7 experience, and to solicit input on recommended future actions by CDFW relative to gray wolves.

A consistent recommendation from stakeholders at that first meeting was that due to expanding populations of wolves in the west, the likelihood for additional wolves to enter California from adjacent states, the potential for wolves to reestablish in California, and the public concerns that this would bring, CDFW must commence the following actions:

  1. collect information that will aid in the preparation of a management plan,
  2. secure adequate funding for the plan preparation and management of wolves,
  3. create a clear process for completions of the plan,
  4. provide training to staff and other dealing with wolves, and
  5. continue to engage stakeholders.

A formal Stakeholder Working Group (SWG) was established by CDFW and the first meeting was held on February 5, 2013. As part of the Plan development process, the full SWG met on 12 occasions. The SWG also formed the following five subgroups:

  • Operating Principles (met one time)
  • Conservation objectives (met nine times)
  • Wolf-livestock interactions (met 13 times)
  • (Conservation objectives and Wolf-livestock interactions subgroups met jointly two times in addition to above totals)
  • Wolf-ungulate interactions (met six times)
  • Funding (met one time)

Throughout Plan development the subgroups engaged in joint fact-finding, reviewed iterative drafts of management strategies and influenced development of the Plan. Subgroups and the full SWG reviewed multiple iterations of most chapters of the Plan and contributed to its development. CDFW provided the first comprehensive draft to the full SWG in early December 2014.

Meeting Reports

Wolf Stakeholder Working Group Meeting Reports

Wolf-Ungulate Interactions Subgroup Meeting Reports

Wolf Conservation Subgroup Meeting Reports

Wolf-Livestock Interactions Subgroup Meeting Reports

Combined Wolf Conservation and Livestock Interactions Subgroup Meeting Reports