(AP) - State wildlife officials say they believe a gray wolf has been roaming the wilds of Northern California.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife said Monday one of several cameras set up in Siskiyou County captured an image in May of what may have been a wolf but that DNA testing on feces collected in the area was inconclusive.
Official say they set up remote trail cameras after receiving reports earlier this year of a large, dark-colored canid, an animal from the family that includes wolves, foxes, coyotes, jackals and dogs.
State biologists believe the lone animal is a gray wolf based on the images and tracks found by biologists in June.
If they confirm the animal is a gray wolf, it would be the first time in more than a year that a wolf has been sighted in California.
CapRadio provides a trusted source of news because of you. As a nonprofit organization, donations from people like you sustain the journalism that allows us to discover stories that are important to our audience. If you believe in what we do and support our mission, please donate today.