Friday, June 23, 2017

One Month old Mexican Wolf Pups Wrestle

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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Department of Justice’s McKittrick Policy Ruled Unlawful

Late yesterday, a federal judge threw out the Department of Justice’s flawed ‘McKittrick Policy’ - a policy that prohibits prosecuting individuals who kill endangered wildlife unless it can be PROVED they knew they were targeting a protected animal.

The policy provides a loophole that has prevented criminal prosecution of dozens of individuals who killed grizzly bears, highly endangered California condors as well as DOZENS of critically endangered Mexican wolves.

The decision came as a result of a challenge brought by WildEarth Guardians and the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance - great job!!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

We Are Grizzly Bears, Not Trophies

They are not trophies.

Last week, Wolf Conservation Center staff and supporters encountered this beautiful grizzly bear mother and cub in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest.

Once roaming widely across North America, B.C. is one of the last refuges of the grizzly bear. However, the future for this mother and cub remains uncertain.

Although they're classified as a species of special concern, roughly 300 grizzly bears are shot for trophy in BC each year.

During the spring trophy hunt season, female bears like the one we watched are often shot leaving their cubs to perish. In the fall female grizzlies may be pregnant when they are hunted. Grizzly bears have the second lowest reproduction rate of North American land mammals.

Economically, B.C.’s grizzly bear trophy hunt threatens the growing and sustainable wildlife-based tourism industry. Eco-tourism and bear viewing attract thousands of people to B.C. every year and create sustainable employment.

There is simply no scientific, ethical or economic rationale for the trophy hunt. Yet this year, government officials EXTENDED the grizzly bear trophy hunting season in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Please help.

Sign Pacific Wild's petition today to ban the grizzly bear trophy hunt in B.C.

Sign here.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Red Wolf Peek-a-boo!

Enter the secret lives of red wolves via the Wolf Conservation Center red wolf webcam!

Tune in!

The red wolf (Canis rufus) is the only wolf species found completely within the United States. Once common throughout the southeastern United States, red wolf populations were decimated by the 1960s due to intensive predator control programs and loss of habitat. In 1980, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) declared red wolves extinct in the wild after the last wild red wolves were gathered to survive in captivity, their wildness caged.

With the support of the Federal Red Wolf Species Survival Plan, a national initiative whose primary purpose is to support the reestablishment of red wolves in the wild through captive breeding, public education, and research, and under the aegis of the Endangered Species Act, red wolves were reintroduced in North Carolina in 1987. They were the first federally-listed species to be returned to their native habitat, and have served as models for other programs.

But today, USFWS, the very agency charged by federal law with protecting endangered species, is walking away from recovering the last wild red wolves to satisfy a few very vocal opponents. The current estimate puts the remaining wild population at their lowest level in decades. Fewer than 35 wild red wolves remain.

Learn what you can do here.

Monday, June 19, 2017

4 Week Old Mexican Wolf Pup Cuddles With Mom

This is what love looks like.

Beyond being adorable, this critically endangered wolf pup represents the Wolf Conservation Center’s active participation in an effort to save a species from 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 seven rescued and placed in captivity. Because the entire existing Mexican wolf population descended from just seven founders rescued from extinction, genetic health is the primary consideration governing most recovery efforts. In 1998 the wolves were reintroduced into the wild as part of a federal reintroduction program under the Endangered Species Act.

The WCC is one of 55 facilities in the U.S. and Mexico participating in the Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan – a bi-national initiative whose primary purpose is to support the reestablishment of Mexican wolves in the wild through captive breeding, public education, and research.

Currently 13 Mexican wolves call the WCC home. In the U.S., there is a single wild population comprising only 113 individuals - an increase from the 97 counted at the end of 2015.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day

Remarkable fathers can be found all over the world and one of them resides right here at the Wolf Conservation Center! Mexican gray wolf M1059 (a.k.a. Diego) wears the badge of fatherhood like a pro. He has exhibited admirable patience, affection, and protectiveness, exemplifying the amazing role that a father plays in the wolf world.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Sea Wolf Sings in the Great Bear Rainforest

During the Wolf Conservation Center's 2017 summer adventure in British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest, WCC staff and supporters were treated to a wild melody.

One of earth’s most stunning wildernesses on Canada’s Pacific coast, the Great Bear Rainforest is home to a myriad of healthy populations of species of plants, birds and animals, including subspecies and genetically unique populations of wildlife like the Spirit Bear and coastal gray wolf.

It's the kind of place that one can still watch grizzly bears, humpback whales, spirit bears, wolves and so much more all in a single day - while learning about the challenges that threaten its unique biological diversity.