Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Less than a Year After Losing Protections, 22 Wyoming Grizzlies To Be Hunted For Trophy

For 44 years, Yellowstone's grizzly bears were a federally protected endangered species.

This fall, up to 22 will die at the hands of trophy hunters.

Today, less than a month after 73 scientists wrote a letter in opposition to the proposed hunting season, Wyoming approved its first hunt of grizzly bears in over four decades. The hunt will be the biggest in the lower 48 states since the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed protections for grizzlies in the Yellowstone region less than a year ago.

Many from the scientific community urged Wyoming Governor Matt Mead to halt the proposed grizzly bear hunt and convene a panel of experts to review data on the area's grizzly bear populations. The letter, sent on April 25th, cites several concerns regarding Wyoming's upcoming grizzly bear hunt; changing food sources and incidental grizzly mortalities, affecting the estimated population size, were among the listed concerns.

The grizzly bear trophy hunt season will begin in the fall and target 22 bears.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Feds Move to Allow Killing of Wolves and Pups on National Wildlife Refuge Land in Alaska

Killing wolves and their pups in dens, aerial gunning, snaring, baiting ... on our National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska?

In 2015, federal rules outlawed nearly all predator hunting on national wildlife refuges in Alaska.

Today, the Department of the Interior is moving to reverse these federal rules in order to allow the excessive killing of iconic predators to promote "game" animals on public refuge land.

Alaska's national refuges are NOT private game reserves. What are wildlife refuges, after all, if not refuges for wildlife? Moreover, that wilderness belongs to all of us. So what would you allow on your National Wildlife Refuges? Would you allow killing wolves and their pups in their dens? Will you let people kill mother bears with cubs? What about baiting brown bears, shooting predators from aircraft, or killing them with traps and snares? If your answer is "no," your help is needed.

Members of the public have 60 days to provide comment on the proposed new rules.

Submit your comment here by July 23, 2018.

Monday, May 21, 2018

One-Month-Old Red Wolf Pups Wrestle

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

The one-month-old red wolf pups are growing more independent every day. The young siblings have been spending a lot of time outside their den playing with just about anything they can get their paws on, but always under the watchful eyes of their parents.

Watch the critically endangered red wolf family's progress via LIVE webcams.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

This Is What 30 Wolves Howling Sounds Like

It only takes one voice, at the right pitch, to start an avalanche. ~Dianna Hardy

Friday, May 18, 2018

Nine Rare Mexican Gray Wolf Pups Born at the Wolf Conservation Center

Elusive. Endangered. Extremely Cute.

A critically endangered Mexican gray wolf living at the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC), a 501c3 non-profit organization in South Salem, NY, made a priceless contribution to the recovery of her rare and at-risk species on last week – she had pups! On May 8, Mexican gray wolf F1143 (affectionately nicknamed Rosa by supporters) gave birth to a litter of nine pups – six boys and three girls. This is the first litter born to the pair - mom (age ten), and dad, (age eight).

Beyond being adorable, the wolf pups represent the Center’s active participation in an effort to save a species on the brink of extinction. The Mexican gray wolf or “lobo” is the most genetically distinct lineage of wolves in the Western Hemisphere, and one of the most endangered mammals in North America. By the mid-1980s, hunting, trapping, and poisoning caused the extinction of lobos in the wild, with only a handful remaining in captivity. In 1998 the wolves were reintroduced into the wild as part of a federal reintroduction program under the Endangered Species Act. Current estimates put the wild population at 114 in the United States.

To watch the family's progress, tune in to their live webcams.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Sixteen Poignant Moments from Atka's Legendary Career!

In honor of Ambassador wolf Atka's 16th birthday, we reflect upon 16 poignant moments from his legendary career!

Thank you, Atka, for allowing the world to form lasting connections with not only you but your wild kin as well!

Ambassador Wolf Milestone - It's Atka's Sweet 16

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License to Thrill (and Educate)!

Today Ambassador Wolf Atka turns 16 years old!

The confident and charismatic ambassador has won the hearts and opened the minds of hundreds of thousands of people throughout his storied career.

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Although Atka retired from his career as a traveling Ambassador a couple of years ago, he continues to interact with advocates around the world. In May 2017, Atka created his own email account ( and has welcomed a steady stream of passionate emails ever since! He’s Skyped with a budding scientist in Mexico, chatted with conservationists in Europe, and has received fan mail from all seven continents - even Antarctica!

And now with a license for his own set of wheels, his reach knows no bounds!

Happy Sweet 16, Atka! We love you!