Wednesday, March 21, 2018

"War on Wolves" Rider Dropped from Omnibus Bill

Policy riders that would have eliminated Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in 4 states were dropped from the just-passed omnibus bill!


Congress heard your howls! Thanks to you, Congress passed the 2018 spending bill and it's devoid of the “war on Wolves” rider seeking to eliminate Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in 4 states!

Every voice raised in support of wildlife and wild places can make a difference. And when we all work together we can make big things happen! None of this would have been possible without your calls, emails and the leaders in Congress who #standforwolves.

Details to come.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

NPS May Soon Restore Wolves to Isle Royale

Friday, the National Park Service (NPS) tentatively decided to transport 20-30 gray wolves to Isle Royale in Michigan over the next three years to replenish a population that has nearly died out because of inbreeding and disease.

Currently, the Lake Superior island remains home to just two wolves.

But a strong wolf pack is needed to keep Isle Royale's growing moose population under control. With a pair left to feast on them, the moose are undergoing a population explosion that could endanger the wilderness area's fir trees and eventually cause many of the moose to starve.

The NPS will make a final decision in 30 days, after the public has had an opportunity to review a new environmental statement that endorses the restoration plan.

Friday, March 16, 2018

How Selena Gomez Unknowingly "Handled" to Help Wolves

When Puma chose Selena Gomez instead of Richard Handler for their new campaign...something had to be done.

Enormous howls of thanks to Wolf Conservation Center supporter Richard Handler for taking one for the PACK!

New Study Provides Assessment of Future Large Carnivore Reintroduction Sites

In a "rewilding" movement cheered by some but decried by others, wolves have recolonized portions of their former range in the United States.

Red wolf (Canis rufus)reintroduction was among the first instances of a species, considered extinct in the wild, being re-established from a captive population. In many ways the red wolf program was the pilot program, serving as a model for subsequent canid reintroductions, particularly those of the Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) to the American Southwest and the gray wolf (Canis lupus) to the Yellowstone region.

But what opportunities do we have to expand the rewilding effort?

A new study published Wednesday in Royal Society Open Science is the first to provide a spatially explicit global assessment of future large carnivore rewilding possibilities.

The paper mentions just two specific sites where further wolf reintroductions might work. They suggest it could be possible to put gray wolves in Olympic National Park in Washington and restore critically endangered red wolves into Everglades National Park. These places have space for reproduction and development, prey and humans who may tolerate them.

More: ‘Rewilding’ Missing Carnivores May Help Restore Some Landscapes via The New York Times

Thursday, March 15, 2018


Happy Birthday, Kai!

The self-appointed Sheriff of the Wolf Conservation Center's "Staff Pack" turns 12 years old today! The 90lb German Shepherd is more than a pretty face; as a wolf pup nanny, Kai held a critical role in socializing WCC Ambassador wolves Alawa, Zephyr, and Nikai (pictured) during their puppy-hood.

As Ambassadors, they help open the door to understanding wolves by forging a connection between the public and their wild kin. So developing a basic comfort level around people is vital to their becoming educational ambassadors and leading happy and healthy lives at the WCC. By providing canine companionship, Kai bridged the gap between the human and canine world and helped the wolves become the powerful players we know and love in the fight to preserve wolves’ rightful place in the environment.

Thank you, Kai! We love you and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Monday, March 12, 2018

For Wolves, Playtime Strengthens Family Bonds

Wolves are highly social animals that live in well-organized family units called packs. Cooperative living gives wolf families a number of benefits. It facilitates successful hunting, pup-rearing, defending pack territory, and more.

The parents (sometimes referred to as the “alpha” pair) are the leaders of the pack and they express their status with erect posture and tails carried high. The less dominant family members exhibit their position through submissive behavior. With lowered tails and posture, less dominant wolves acknowledge their role and rank in the family hierarchy. Pawing, tail tucking, and muzzle-licking are among the submissive gestures expressed by less dominant wolves. Although hungry wolf pups hoping to elicit regurgitation in adults employ these behaviors, they’re expressed by adults to function as a sign of affection and reaffirmation of their social status.

When seeking to play, wolves will dance and bow playfully. Playtime can also include a game of chase, jaw sparring, and varied vocalizations.

For wolves, playtime isn’t only fun, it strengthens family bonds and reaffirms social status within the pack.

Learn more about wolf communication here.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Howls of Thanks from the Wolf Conservation Center

We asked for your help and you heard our howls!

Thanks to you, we are making good progress recovering from damage brought on by last week’s powerful nor’easter!

We are humbled by the incredible support from our pack - supporters like you.

Howls of thanks from all of the wolves and all of us here at the WCC!