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California Welcomes Wolves: Fish & Game Commission Extends State Endangered Species Protections to Wolves

SACRAMENTO (June4, 2014) – Minutes ago, the California Fish & Game Commission voted to extend state Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves. Following is a statement from Natural Resources Defense Council attorney Damon Nagami:

“While other states bicker and quarrel, California adds the latest chapter to one of the world’s greatest biological success stories and helps pave the way towards an eventual return of grey wolves to the Golden State.

“The dispersal of wolves out of the Northern Rockies will help to bring balance to other ecosystems in need of their stabilizing influence. I am confident that with smart policy, we can avoid some of the conflict around this species in California that has poisoned the debate elsewhere. Today’s vote is an important first step in that process.”

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