Sunday, November 11, 2018

A Wild Salute

Atka_flag_logo_edit_smAs we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Saturday, November 10, 2018

One Wolf's Howl Ignites an Explosive Song

Just like us, each wolf has a unique voice so distinctive features of each individual's howl allow wolves to identify each other. And when every member of the pack joins the chorus, the singular howls and their harmonies give the listener the impression that the pack is larger than it actually is.

Alawa is often the goofiest howler in her family. Sometimes she doesn’t even get up to sing with her siblings.

Her howl is guaranteed to make you smile in this video!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Washington Officials to Kill Three Protected Wolf Families to Protect Cows

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Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) officials have ordered the killing of the last two remaining members of the Old Profanity Territory (OPT) family, the last three wolves of the Togo pack, and one or two wolves from the Smackout wolf family.

Why? To protect cows grazing on private and public lands.

Because the department is set to have three concurrent kill operations underway, Director Susewind has decided to issue the Togo Pack kill permit to the livestock owner “allowing him, his immediate family, or his employees to kill wolves if they are within his private fenced pasture where the livestock are located.”

Beyond being cruel and in violation of the desires of a majority of Americans, these kill orders are not working.

WDFW has been killing wolves to deter conflict since 2012 when the agency wiped out the entire Wedge pack, yet depredations on livestock continue.

WDFW knows that peer-reviewed research demonstrates that killing predators is not only an ineffective solution to deter depredation on cows, but it can even result in increased attacks on livestock by survivors.

Killing state-endangered wolves on to benefit the profit margins of a private business is wrong on every level.

Please contact WDFW Director Kelly Susewind before it’s too late and respectfully ask him to call off the kill order.

CALL 360-902-2200

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Conservation-Minded Child Names Critically Endangered Red Wolf

Maples have long signified strength and endurance, and now, thanks to Clare Dür, the autumnal tree will now share its name with a critically endangered red wolf pup. Clare, an elementary school student from New York, suggested the name “Maple” for red wolf pup m2234 because “every maple leaf is different and special just like red wolves.” Red wolves are some of the most endangered mammals in the world, with less than 24 remaining in the wild. And just like people, every red wolf is special and deserving of his or her own identity.

Meet red wolf pup Maple!
Meet red wolf pup Maple!

In an effort to raise awareness for red wolves, the Wolf Conservation Center hosted a Red Wolf Pup Naming Contest and received over 100 entries! Interested children in grades K - 8 were encouraged to draw a picture of m2234, pick their desired nickname, and explain why they chose that name. With so many wonderful entries, it was incredibly challenging to decide on one winner, but it was incredibly exciting to see so many children eager to show their support for red wolves.

Clare will receive a sponsorship kit for Maple (m2234) will be able to watch Maple and his family via the WCC’s live webcam. Tune in now for a glimpse of Maple!

Go Vote and Stand for Wolves!


Monday, November 5, 2018

Federal Judge Bans USFWS from Capturing and Killing Red Wolves

A VICTORY for red wolves! Judge finds USFWS's rollback of red wolf protections is a violation of the Endangered Species Act and bans USFWS from capturing and killing, and authorizing private landowners to capture and kill wild red wolves!

“For four years now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been dismantling one of the most successful predator reintroductions in U.S. history,” said Sierra Weaver, senior attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC).

“The service knows how to protect and recover the red wolf in the wild, but it stopped listening to its scientists and started listening to bureaucrats instead. The law doesn’t allow the agency to just walk away from species conservation, like it did here.”

The conservation groups involved in the litigation are the Red Wolf Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Animal Welfare Society, Inc. (AWI) represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center.


Sunday, November 4, 2018

When Wolves Get a Toy Snake

Today we gave the Ambassador wolves an "invincible" snake dog toy!

Of all the Ambassador wolves, Nikai is the one who really enjoys playing with toys. But he was too slow on his feet and his big brother Zephyr got to the snake first.

Apparently "indestructible" is not in Zephyr's vocabulary...

Eventually, patience pays off for Nikai, and after he marks what's left of the toy as his own, he doesn't have to worry about sharing anymore.