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/ Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015 13,~ I | I The gray wolf has begun to reoccupy portions of California, prompting a planning effort by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which released a draft conservation plan earlier this month. California currently has one pack, the Shasta Pack, in Siskiyou County. File photo Delaine Fragnoli Shasta Pack, has established conservation and management Duringthis phase, officials Staff Writer itself in Siskiyou County.needs for wolves and the effects expect wolves to range into and Because wolf populations are of wolves in the state, inhabit suitable areas of increasing in the Pacific . northern California and, When a lone gray wolf Northwest, experts anticipate Phased approach perhaps, portions of the central wandered across the state line additional gray wolves will enter The draft plan spells out a Sierra Nevada. from Oregon to California in late California. Given this potential, three-phase approach to wolf The state anticipates that it 2011. he touched off a multi-year the draft plan does not consider management, may need to use additional tools planning effort aimed at a no-wolf alternative. The first phase focuses onto manage wolf impacts on protecting him and others of his The draft also recognizes that reestablishment, as individual livestock or wild prey during species, there is not sufficient habitat for animals relocate from other this phase, according to the That planningeffort reached wolves to be restored to their areas and begin to form packs, draft. an important milestone earlier entire historical range in the This phase will end when there The third phase will begin this month when the California state, so that kind of widespread are four breeding pairs, defined when CDFW confirms at least Department of Fish and Wildlife distribution is also not an as at least one female and one nine breeding pairs. Wolf issued a draft conservation plan option, male adult and at least two pups, population at the end of Phase 2 for how it will handle gray The draft lays out five main for two successive years. At a and beginning of Phase 3 will wolves on state and private goals for wolf management:minimum, this means 16 wolves, likely be 50 to 75 wolves, lands. The department now - Conserve biologically The second phase will begin according to the draft. Planners seeks public input on the Sustainable populations ofwhen CDFW confirms five envision this phase as a shift proposal, wolves in the state; breeding pairs for two into long-term management The state will not reintroduce - Manage the distribution of successive years. In this phase, strategies. wolves, either from other states wolves Where there is adequate wildlife officials expect the wolf By state law, endangered or from captive populations, habitat; population to be driven more by species are subject to a status according to the draft. But since - Manage native ungulate (elk natural reproduction than by review every five years. The tha,~Ilimal isa. sta~,aad f~l~aL,,. .a~l,d~ex~t~p~l~f~ l;Q,I~,t~v~]~ ,, qontinued net immigration of review is forwarded to the state endangered species; the' abnndant,.prey~.for:wolves andi+ :~ Oregon wolves, fish and wildlife commission for departmeht needs to have other predators as well as guidelines in place for when hunting opportunities; wolves move into the state from - Manage wolf-livestock other areas, the draft says. conflicts to minimize livestock Thatis already happening. A losses; and family of wolves, called the - Educate the public about Li Garage Doors Entry Doors Automatic Gates The Quincy Little League South Redburg (Skip's 4x4, is holding a fundraiser to Jeff's Diesel and Bucks Lake raise money for new Logging), from 10 a.m. to uniforms and equipment for 2 p.m. the upcoming season. 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Nineteen groups, ranging from the California Cattleman's Association to the Center for Biological Diversity, contributed to the plan as part of a formal Stakeholder Working Group. Public comment ! More information, including link to the draft, is available , The public can comment on the draft plan by email to Comments can be mailed to Wolf Plan Comments, P.O. Box 26750. San Francisco. CA 94126. Mailed comments should be postmarke0 no later than Feb. 15.2016. Transformationa Mindfulness Training I Jan. 13th - Mar.-4th W e d n,e d a y si d a 1 2:1 0 - 1 2:40 p.m. Flanigan & Leavitt Building upstairs Conference Roorn Gift yourself or another with Mindfulness based stress reduction A fresh perspective on life": ~:; Simple techniques for Enhanced relationships Enriched experiences Meeting life's challenges Course limited to 16 participants, To register contact Tia Robinson 61 9-971"-01 90 tiateach@hotmail,com I