Pack of rare wolves missing in California
In August 2015, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife made a landmark announcement: Trail cameras in northern California had captured images of a pack of gray wolves. It included two adults and five loping pups, all with unusual black coats.
They were the first pack to settle in the state in almost a century. Gray wolves were once common in California, but by 1924 their population had been exterminated.
“This news is exciting for California,” department director Charlton H. Bonham said with the announcement. “We knew wolves would eventually return home to the state, and it appears now is the time.” Then the pack vanished. State biologists have not spotted the wolves, which were dubbed the “Shasta Pack” due to their presence in the county home to Mount Shasta, since last May, the San Francisco Chronicle reported last week.
Wolf packs typically stick to their territory. Then again, a lack of other wolves nearby could mean the family felt free to roam more widely.
Figura said officials have no evidence the wolf family has been killed.