Almost 100 years after disappearing from a major portion of its native romping grounds, one of North America's most iconic species is finally back where it belongs.
Biologists from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed this week that the state is once again home to a pack of endangered gray wolves. The healthy family, made up of two adults and five adorable pups, was spotted on trail cameras earlier this year - the first-ever sighting since the species was extirpated in the early 1920s.
"This news is exciting for California," CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham said in a statement. "We knew wolves would eventually return home to the state and it appears now is the time."