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Hard work remains to keep California’s wolves safe

The remarkable chain of events that set the stage for gray wolves to gain California Endangered Species Act protections last week seemed, at times, more cinematic than real.

From the first California appearance four years ago of the wolf OR7 after his wandering, 1,000-mile trek from eastern Oregon, to the discovery of his pups in southern Oregon just two days before the vote on protecting wolves, it’s tempting to see some invisible hand of fate pushing events along.

But as a scientist and longtime wolf-recovery advocate now helping to craft a California wolf conservation and management plan, I know the toughest part of the journey is yet to come.

Read the entire article on sacbee.com: Viewpoints: Hard work remains to keep California’s wolves safe

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