Gray Wolf


The gray wolf (Canis lupus) is a native species that was likely extirpated from California in the 1920s. The gray wolf is now returning to California on its own by dispersal of individuals from populations in other states. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has not reintroduced gray wolves to the State of California. CDFW is working to monitor this recovering species, protected as endangered under both the California and federal Endangered Species Acts. Gray wolves pose little safety risk to humans.

Wolf Conservation and Management

Conservation Plan for Gray Wolves in California (2016)

Wolf-Livestock Interactions and Depredation Concerns

Depredation Investigations

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