A north Chico-based rancher has lost at least one cow to wolves on grazing land in western Lassen County, the first kill since wolves returned to the state in 2011.
Wally Roney of the Roney Land and Cattle Co., believes he’s lost at five cows to the wolves, but the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has just confirmed one attack that happened on Oct. 13.
Roney’s pulling all his livestock out of Lassen County as a result of the attacks.
Roney told Sam Williams of the Plumas County News that CDFW notified him a GPS-collared female wolf of the Lassen Pack was at each of the five sites before he found the dead animals.
“They told me the exact point that wolf was at prior to the kill,” Roney told Williams.
The Lassen Pack was first sighted in June, and consists of two adults and at least three pups. It was the second pack established in the state after the Shasta Pack arrived in 2015. The first pack’s status is currently unknown.
The first wolf in California since the 1920s was OR7, who in 2011 wandered as far south as Butte County before returning to Oregon.
Trail camera picture of some of the wolves in question. Wait until they start going for people's pets, and kids. As with the mountain lions, locals will solve the problem using the three S method.