This June 30, 2017, remote camera image released by the U.S. Forest Service shows a pup born this year in the wilds of Lassen National Forest in Northern California. California wildlife officials said Wednesday, July 5, a female gray wolf and her mate have produced this one and at least two other pups this year in the wilds of Lassen County. (U.S. Forest Service via AP)

Two years after the startling discovery of five newborn wolves in Siskiyou County, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this week that three more wolf cubs have been found in western Lassen County, photographed while playing in front of a trail camera.
“We are excited by the discovery of a second pack. If two packs can be established, then others can get here,” said Jordan Traverso, a department spokeswoman. “This is historic wolf habitat and it’s great to see them return to where they were once all pushed out.”
Their birth represents the steady expansion of wolves across the western United States, restoring a creature that was once shot, trapped and poisoned to near extinction. They live somewhere southwest of Susanville in the dry, volanic and rugged landscape of Lassen National Forest.  They are also believed to have wandered into Plumas County, where tracks were seen.
The discovery boosts the chances …
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