A pair of adult gray wolves and their five pups have made their home in Northern California, the state’s Dept. of Fish and Wildlife announced this week.
U.S. wildlife officials successfully re-introduced wolves to Wyoming and Idaho 20 years ago, and by 1999 wolves had made their way to Oregon, as well.
Environmentalists say wolves keep the ecosystem healthier by killing sick and weak animals and keeping deer and other prey populations under control.
The wolves were spotted earlier this month, on Aug. 9, and are being called the Shasta Pack because they were spotted by surveillance cameras in a forested region near Mount Shasta. Officials knew where to put the cameras after an adult wolf was spotted in the spring.
The pups seen this month are about 4 months old and about 40 pounds, officials said.
California has been waiting for the gray wolves, which the state has listed as an endangered species since June of last year. Because they are protected, it’s illegal to hunt, harm or interact with the wolves.
Not everyone is expected to celebrate the re-emergence of the wolves. Livestock ranchers and hunters may become increasingly concerned as the wolf population grows — but, for now, officials say, it’s enough to celebrate their return.Fri, 21 Aug 2015 21:40:06 -0400
One local school said its athletics program is being left out while others in the district are getting the money they need.
Stadiums were packed for Friday night football, but supporters of South Pointe High School said when it comes to athletics, their school as a long-time disadvantage.
School board members showed a little athleticism Friday by hiking around three high schools for more than five hours.
They boarded a bus for Rock Hill, Northwestern and South Pointe high schools to address concerns raised over sports inequity.
"At all three schools, there are areas that we need to work on,” Rock Hill superintendent Kelly Pew said.
"We think, at South Pointe, we have done more with less,” said Dan Ballou, a South Pointe parent who serves on an equity committee.
With only 1,300 students, South Pointe has barely two thirds the students of the other two schools, which affects fundraising, booster clubs, sports ticket sales and more.
Ballou and others would like to see students rezoned to even that out.
'Not making the sometimes politically difficult decisions to re-zone students
, comes at a cost,” he said.
South Pointe is also decades newer than Rock Hill and Northwestern
, and doesn't enjoy the legacy of those campuses.
That's why the tour went beyond just eyeballing gyms, baseball diamonds and football stadiums, but also locker rooms, storage areas, and even blueprints.
Board members want to see how each school measures up to the other, and that could mean additional funding in some areas.
One told Channel 9 that it's critical to hear the concerns from South Pointe.
The information from Friday’s tour will go before a committee made up of people from all three high schools. The school board could vote to put money toward evening out any imbalances.Fri, 21 Aug 2015 21:19:02 -0400
Detectives are trying to piece together what happened inside a Gastonia motel room where a body was found.
A crew working for the Gaston Inn made the discovery Friday afternoon.
They went inside to switch televisions and found a man slumped over a trash can.
They noticed a huge gash on the back of his head, and when they lifted him they found a note.
It said "Knife, self-defense."
Police have not released the victim's name.
There are 99 apartments found in and near the Belmont area.