Or are we looking at an act wanton killing by misguided folks that hate wolves? But love their cattle and sheep ruining the environment?
Since May of last year, not one of the seven members of the first California wolf pack to make their home in the states in 90 years has been seen.
Members of the Shasta Pack before their disappearance (CDFW)
Though wildlife experts found fresh wolf tracks only about 10 miles from the home base of the Shasta Pack, there is no proof yet that they came from on of the Shasta wolves
The California wolf pack disappeared shortly after it was suspected of having killed and eaten a calf in November 2015. One may not have anything to do with the other.
I seriously doubt that wolves have a guilty conscience after providing food for the family. Just as you and I, wolves need to eat and to feed their young. Taking game, or in rare cases, domestic livestock is their natural way of making a living.
Gray wolves prey on ungulates, wild pigs, deer, elk, moose, and caribou for example. In addition, beaver, rabbits, and other small prey are also commonly hunted and eaten by wolves. Wild boar, however, are their favorite prey. Furthermore, gray wolves will also consume carrion they find during their daily patrols of their home territory.
Gray wolves live in small packs of between 7 and 10 animals. A dominant male and his dominant mate are guiding and controlling the pack. Their offspring and the descendants of their young make up the members of the pack.
Pack members have active social bonds. They are also attached to their original home range which individuals only leave to strike out for new territory and a new pack.
All of this makes it rather unlikely that the entire Shasta Pack would pull up stakes and move on. Unless, of course, this California wolf pack had to find a new territory with more abundant wildlife.
Be that as it may, I for once am not ruling out that some ranchers who believe that even land in national parks is there for their use and taking decided to get rid of the wolves once and for all.
In which case I hope they will be found and punished according to the law.
At this time, however, this is pure speculation. Nothing indicates that landowners have anything to do with the sudden and mysterious disappearance of the first California wolf pack in almost a century.
Please remember, the first wolf spotted in Siskiyou county appeared apparently out of nowhere. Maybe his pack decided to disappear equally mysteriously and suddenly into the great unknown.
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