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New Coalition Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of Gray Wolf's Thrilling Return to California

Damon Nagami

Posted December 21, 2012

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A male wolf from Oregon's Wenaha pack. (Photo credit: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)

One year ago, a gray wolf from Oregon’s Imnaha pack, OR7, crossed over the state’s southern border and became the first wolf to roam California in more than eighty years. Earlier this fall, I blogged about environmental groups’ efforts to secure additional protections for this important endangered species, and a critical first step the California Department of Fish and Game is taking toward that goal.

Today, the news for OR7 and gray wolves in California gets even better. More than two dozen organizations working in the Pacific Northwest and California, including NRDC, have announced the formation of the Pacific Wolf Coalition, an alliance committed to recovering wolves across the region. The coalition’s press release can be found here. Our group will work toward the restoration of populations of wolves across their historic habitats in numbers that will allow them to re-establish their critical role in nature and ensure their long-term survival.

We are thrilled to be working with these other prominent wildlife protection groups to make sure OR7 and his eventual pack mates thrive in California and roam our state freely as they did decades ago.

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Liz KDec 22 2012 04:36 PM

They are probably coming to CA from WY where they are being murdered....stop them!

Damon NagamiDec 22 2012 04:57 PM

Liz -- Thanks for your interest. We are in fact working hard to protect wolves in Wyoming as well. See my colleague Sylvia Fallon's recent blog on our lawsuit challenging the latest removal of Endangered Species Act protections from wolves in Wyoming:

Sue KastnerDec 22 2012 05:34 PM

This is good news. Thanks for shying this info

charles DossettDec 22 2012 07:00 PM

this is great and very wonderdul news now that a lot of the sacred grey wolf is now more safe from the wolf haters and killer's

karen graberDec 22 2012 07:11 PM

i dearly love animals, almost to a fault. i feel sorry for them getting hurt by other animals and having to endure the awful weather conditions...let them go extinct.

Barb BeronskiDec 22 2012 08:40 PM

Thank You so much and God Bless all of you that work so hard to save these Beautiful, Spiritual and Majestic animals. I had tears of joy in my eyes when I heard the news, now we have to work together and get the other States to do the same. Thank You for making 1 of my Christmas Wishes come true. God Bless and Merry Christmas.

Bonnie Brumbalough CarlsonDec 22 2012 09:11 PM

Thank you so much for your showing of compassion and interest in preserving these beautiful majestic animals.

Sue MaustDec 23 2012 04:15 AM

Thank You from the bottom of my heart and I think everyone who has ever loved a dog. They are their closest relative and we have the wolf to Thank, for every wet kiss,best friend,rescue,and hard working dog in our world. It is a better world with the wolf in it.

Robert SchmidtDec 23 2012 06:04 PM

We need help in Wisconsin! Over half the wolves taken in Wisconsin's first wolf hunt were trapped. We torture them and then kill them! It is a sad situation and it spawned this video:

Edward WilliamsDec 24 2012 07:52 AM

This is great. Now I hope we can keep poachers from hunting them. Wolfs are part of america, lets keep it that way!

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