Friday, September 22, 2017

Happy Autumn!

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
~Almost Albert Camus

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Rare Mexican Gray Wolf Pup Named After Connecticut Teen


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Photo: Four month old Mexican gray wolf pup "Max" during her puppy veterinary exam at the Wolf Conservation Center

Meet Mexican gray wolf pup Max!

So many wonderful things are happening at the Wolf Conservation Center and we are excited to share a little news with you all. We are so lucky and grateful to have a wonderful supporter and volunteer named Max Toscano. The teen from Darien, Connecticut has a passion for wolves that is unparalleled. Max has been a part of the WCC family since he was 12 years old!
While our three little Mexican gray wolf pups were recently assigned their alphanumeric "names," two of them have yet to receive proper names. It seemed only natural that one of them would be named after Max.


We introduce to you, little Max, one of our three feisty pups named in his honor!

Learn more about Max and her critically endangered kin here.

Monday, September 18, 2017

As Top Predators, Wolves Limit Their Own Numbers

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Wolves are highly social animals that live in well-organized family units called packs. Cooperative living gives wolf families a number of benefits. In addition to facilitating successful hunting, pup-rearing, and defending pack territory, cooperative living allows wolves to limit their own population densities—or self-regulate—helping to keep their ecosystems in balance.

Unlike small mammals who multiply like bunnies or some predators who’s boom or bust depends on said bunnies, large carnivores like wolves keep their own numbers in check. According to a recent work published in OIKOS, population control is what distinguishes “apex predators” from the rest.

More.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Quiet Please...

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Shh... Sunday in progress.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Sneaky Wolf Steals Bone From His Brother



This is what brotherhood looks like.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Something is rotten in the southwest... And it smells like cow.

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What's wrong with this story?

A cow lives on a ranch in the southwest. A cow dies. Remaining on the landscape, the dead cow draws in predators (like wolves) looking for an easy meal. Scavenging is known to habituate wolves to prey on livestock. A wolf kills a cow. Ranchers are reimbursed for their losses and critically endangered Mexican gray wolf gets killed. Sound fair?

Here's the problem.

There's an imbalance. While livestock owners are compensated for livestock lost to wolves, and offered financial and logistical assistance with depredation avoidance measures, there is NO corresponding requirement for livestock owners to remove livestock carcasses on public lands (or take measures to protect their cattle from depredations in the first place).


When gray wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone and the northern Rocky Mountains, there was a rule stipulating that stock owners must not leave carcasses accessible to wolves.


So where's the rule mandating livestock growers to practice basic animal husbandry (remove dead cows) within the recovery area of a wolf subspecies on the brink of extinction?


Something is rotten in the southwest states... And it smells like cow

View U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's kill authorization for critically endangered Mexican gray wolf F1557 of the Diamond Pack.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Good Morning America's Lara Spencer Spotlights Wolf Conservation Center


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 Howls of thanks to Lara Spencer and  Good Morning America for raising awareness for wolves and our efforts to protect and preserve them!