The Latest: Judge Upholds California Gray Wolf Protection

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A California farming group says it will work with the state to reduce the impact of wolves on livestock after a judge upheld their protection. The judge in San Diego ruled Monday that California was right in 2014 to list gray wolves as a state endangered species. There was only one known gray wolf in the state at that time – an immigrant from Oregon called OR-7. He was the first gray wolf spotted in California since 1924 but produced offspring before returning north. The California Farm Bureau Federation and a cattle ranchers’ group sued, arguing the listing was arbitrary but the judge disagreed. Jim Houston, the farm bureau’s manager of legal and governmental affairs, says the suit was filed to give ranchers more flexibility “in co-existing with wolves” but he says it won’t be easy.

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