The heart of Tulare county California is agriculture.
Here hundreds of ranchers and farmers feed the state, the country and the world.
State agriculture experts estimate 800,000 head of livestock live in Tulare and many range the Sequoia National Forest, sharing that space with them: bears, mountain lions, coyotes and more recently the six gray wolves of the Tulare County pack.
It is a concern with people in that field and have livestock and stuff.
They don't want to have to face any more challenges of lost to another predator.
Here at Colburn Cattle Company, the livestock are show cattle and one can cost as much as 200,000 dollars.
Livestock are a billion-dollar industry here and losses are never taken lightly.
The mountain lion is one of the biggest and costliest problems.
There was so bad that the lions would pack up and they' take whole cows and calves and the neighbor north of us, he just evacuated all of this cattle out there cuz he was just called the losses were so significant.
And then we did, you know, right after him and brought him down here.
While ranchers have tactics to deal with mountain lions, the gray wolf brings new challenges.
Scientists say the animals recently returned to California forest and now number 50.
And when all of a sudden you throw this apex predator, a big one, a 200 pound male.
It becomes an issue and we're going to have to learn how to deal with that.
Anticipating some problems, California set aside $3 million for the next three years to reimburse ranchers and farmers who lose livestock to wolves.
They’re expecting about a million dollars of losses per year over the next three years is what that tells me and that's a lot of animals.