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Do Now #22: Wolves in our Midst

| March 5, 2012 | 0 Comments
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California had its first wolf since 1924 venture into the state for two months. Should the state work to provide special legal protection for the wolf?

Introduction

OR-7 is a male wolf from a pack in Oregon. About two months ago, he wandered into California. This made him the first gray wolf in the state in almost 90 years. Gray wolves were at one time widespread in North America and native to California. Based on historical records, they were present in the 1700s, 1800s and early 1900s. However, settlement by Europeans changed the landscape of the state through development of towns, ranches and agricultural land and also impacted prey populations. Wolf populations also declined throughout North America due to predator control programs. The last confirmed wolf in California was collected in Lassen County in 1924.

Since OR-7 appeared in California, the state has been thrown into a national debate about how to manage wolves. Environmentalists want to see a wolf population restored. For others, OR-7 is not a welcome visitor. In Lassen County, where OR-7 has spent the bulk of his time, wolf opposition is heating up, due to fears that cattle and other livestock will be killed.

Resource

KQED’s QUEST Lone Wolf’s Historic Trek Provokes Questions and Concerns – March 2, 2012

OR-7, the lone gray wolf from a pack in Oregon, crossed back into his home state yesterday after two months of wandering in Northern California. With OR7’s arrival, California has been thrown into a national debate about how to manage wolves.


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Andrea is the Science Education Manager for KQED. She joined KQED in 2007 to coordinate education and outreach for the public television series Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures. Between working on Ocean Adventures and joining the QUEST team, she developed the educational resources for the 4-hour documentary Saving the Bay. Andrea graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Environmental Science and earned her M.A. in Teaching and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the University of San Francisco. Before arriving at KQED, she taught, developed, and managed marine science and environmental education programs in Aspen, Catalina Island and the Bay Area.