Official advises against listing Calif gray wolf
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A top California wildlife official says the gray wolf should not receive endangered species protections in the state.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1nXlpWp ) that Chuck Bonham, the director of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, on Wednesday said the scientific evidence suggests some protections are needed for the gray wolf, but not a listing on the endangered species list.
Bonham's decision was reached after a year of study spurred by conservationists, who filed a petition seeking protections after a lone gray wolf wandered into California from Oregon.
Officials say that wolf, called OR-7, is the first known to have entered the state in 90 years.
Bonham is recommending the gray wolf be listed as a species of special concern and prohibit the killing of gray wolves in California.
Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com