Representatives of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed that a family of endangered grey wolves has been spotted in Northern California for the first time since the 1920s. The family of two adults and five pups appeared on trail camera footage from earlier this year, and it's only a matter of time until they join the Griffith Park mountain lion in Los Angeles.
Wolves were driver to near extinction by the beginning of the 20th century as a result of expanding human settlement in the West. In the 1990s, active conservation efforts involving their reintroduction to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming made their numbers surge, but their presence in California was still scarce.
This discovery represents a major comeback for these animals once on the brink.