A female gray wolf, her mate and at least three pups are the second pack of wolves spotted in northern California since the species vanished from the state in 1924. State wildlife officials say the gray pups were born this spring in Lassen National Forest to a female wolf of unknown origins. Last Friday she was captured and a tracking collar was fitted to her. Her mate is the son of OR-7, a wolf with a tracking device that was the first of its kind in almost a century to migrate into California in 2011. OR-7 returned north of the state line and established the Rogue Pack in southern Oregon. Last year photos were captured in Siskiyou County of two adult wolves and at least five pups. They’re called the Shasta Pack. In November the pack killed some steers in the high country. No sign has been seen of them since then. Gray wolves, which already had federal endangered protections, were declared an endangered species by California in 2014. That means they cannot be shot for almost any reason.