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Lone wolf in California draws attention to endangered species

As other states in the mid and northwest United States de-list the gray wolf from their endangered species protection lists, one wolf in California draws attention and leaves many wondering what the Golden State will do with the wild canine, Reuters reports.

As wolf populations have increased, many states have decided that the federal protection is no longer necessary. California currently only has one gray wolf, known as OR-7. According to the Los Angeles Times, the wold crossed into Northern California from Oregon just after Christmas. It is the first wild wolf to live in the state since the last one was killed by a trapper in 1924.

Although OR-7 is still a lone wolf within state lines, as numbers increase in nearby Oregon, conservation groups are asking the state to consider a plan to protect them, according to Reuters.

The Center for Biological Diversity and three other conservation groups recently sent a petition to the California Fish and Game Commission, asking them to protect gray wolves as an endangered species under state law.
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