Photos confirm the well-traveled Gray Wolf OR-7 may be starting a family in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, just north of the California border.  

Officials from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have seen two pups and says it's likely there are more as wolf litters typically include four to six pups.  

The announcement comes on the same day California's Fish and Game Commission voted to establish state protections for gray wolves under the Endangered Species Act.  

The decision requires a second vote in August to become final.

Cattle ranchers opposed to endangered or threatened status say the wolf is a threat to valuable herds. 

PHOTO: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.