California Plan To Save Wolves

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Center for Biological Diversity News Release

California Wolf Plan Sets Road Map for Conserving Small Population

Two Breeding Pairs for Two Straight Years Could Trigger Reduced Protections 

SAN FRANCISCO— The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has released its final plan to guide conservation and management of a small population of gray wolves well into the future. One of the strengths of the plan, which was released late Tuesday, is its emphasis on nonlethal methods to deter conflicts with livestock. But it would also seek to reduce wolves’ federal protection status from “endangered” to “threatened” when the population reaches a threshold of only two breeding pairs for two consecutive years — far fewer than what independent scientists say is needed for a secure population.

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