Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Siskiyou residents howl over wolf's arrival

In the photo, Liz Bowen of Scott Valley Protect Our Water complains about the potential for wolf packs settling in Northern California.

The arrival of the first known gray wolf into California in more than 80 years is causing a veritable panic among north state farmers and other residents.

The state Department of Fish and Game has received a flood of purported wolf sightings around the state – reports that turn out to be wolf-dog hybrids or coyotes, said Karen Kovacs, a DFG regional wildlife biologist.

Ranchers and others jammed a Board of Supervisors meeting room in Yreka yesterday to express misgivings about the potential arrival of packs of wolves, which are predators that can attack livestock.

“I am concerned because this wolf came from a pack that has a female with a predilection for calves,” Siskiyou County Supervisor Jim Cook told Fish and Game officials during a board workshop. “Suppose we get a no-snow year again next year and we get a few more wolves?”

For my story, check CapitalPress.com soon.

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