Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Howl-o-Ween!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Unleash "Lone Wolf"

No other North American mammal inspires such a wide range of human emotions as the wolf. The passionate positive and negative responses that wolves inspire in people have left the issue of their recovery both contentious and undecided, but also full of promise. Linking the wolf to acts of terrorism only further pollutes the reputation of this misunderstood species. Recognizing the need to unleash the term "lone wolf" from media reports on human acts of violence, the Wolf Conservation Center has launched a Thunderclap our plea listed below loud!

“The wolf is symbol of America’s vanishing wilderness. Tell the media to unleash "lone wolf" from acts of human terror."

A thunderclap is a crowd-speaking platform that helps people be heard by saying something together. Once the supporter goal is reached, Thunderclap will blast out a timed Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr post from all your supporters, creating a wave of attention. Please participate and share so our message can be "unleashed" on November 10 at 12pm EST.

Join the movement here

Thank you!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Critically Endangered Wolves Get a Clean Bill of Health

This time of year Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) staff and volunteers pry into the private lives of the critically endangered wolves that call the WCC home. It's the season for annual medical exams. People often ask us how we monitor the health of our wolves. Needless to say, the well-being of our wolves is a top priority, so we constantly take stock of their health, monitoring the shy animals as much as we possible in person and also via webcam. We also conduct periodic veterinary checks for hands-on assessments, vaccinations, and blood-work. Under Species Survival Plan protocols, our Mexican Gray Wolves and Red wolves must be checked by a veterinarian on an annual basis.

Dr Maus at work
In order to examine each wolf, we herd the wolves through their spacious enclosure and into capture boxes - wooden doghouse-like structures with removable roofs. Once a wolf is captured in the box, our volunteer veterinarian proceeds with the exam. We administer vaccinations, take blood samples, and record their heart rate, temperate and weight.

Today was the first of three health examination days and we're happy to report that all 5 wolves we examined (red wolves F1291, M1394, M1565, and F1397 and Mexican gray wolf F986) appear to be in GREAT health! We also learned that our largest wolf at the WCC is red wolf M1394 - he weighs 89 pounds! What a beefcake.

Big thanks to our great team of volunteers who came out for the task, to WCC's generous veterinarian, Paul Maus, DVM from North Westchester Veterinary Office, and to all the red wolves and Mexican gray wolves who are unknowingly contributing to the recovery of their rare species.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The WCC Talks Wolves on Heritage Radio Network

 Wolf Conservation Center's Maggie Howell talks all about wolves on Heritage Radio Network hosted by Animal Instinct. Listen HERE.

Monday, October 20, 2014

John Vucetich Explains Why Public Wolf Hunts Are Not the Solution

John Vucetich, Michigan Tech associate professor of wildlife ecology and co-director of the Isle Royale Wolf-Moose Study, explains why a public hunt against wolves is not an answer.

 Keep Michigan Wolves Protected is a coalition of conservation groups, animal welfare organizations, Native American tribes, wildlife scientists, faith groups, veterinarians, hunters, farmers, and concerned Michigan citizens. The coalition urges Michigan voters to say NO to the wolf hunt and by voting NO on Proposals 1 and 2 on November 4th. Learn more.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Wolf Words of Wisdom

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Support the Northeast Wolf Coalition in Style

 Recognizing the need for a collaborative effort that explores the vision of and potential for wolf recovery in the Northeast USA, the Northeast Wolf Coalition was established in March, 2014 as an alliance of conservation organizations in New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut and beyond. The Coalition’s work, guided by some of our nation’s best and brightest conservation scientists, strives to ensure that the foundation of its vision and work is based on the application of the best available and most current scientific principles.

"We have unique opportunities and challenges here in the Northeast," said Maggie Howell, Wolf Conservation Center director and coordinator of the Coalition. "The Northeast Wolf Coalition is working together using the most current peer reviewed science to raise awareness and increase public understanding about wolves. A broad base of public support is necessary for wolves to recover and we remain committed to ensuring that stakeholders become active stewards in that regard. There are biological, economic and ethical reasons to facilitate wolf recovery and the Coalition is eager to work with area residents, organizations, and state and federal agencies to promote the wolf's natural return to our region."

The Wolf Conservation Center is honored to be among the participating organization in the Northeast Wolf Coalition and also a fiscal sponsor. Please consider supporting the Coalition by purchasing a Northeast Wolf Coalition sweatshirt! All proceeds will be used solely for coalition work. To learn more about the Coalition, please visit the website at  To purchase a sweatshirt to support the Coalition's work, please click here. Thank you!