Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Documentary Premiere! "Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators" -- Film & Discussion

October 10 - Award-winning filmmakers Karen and Ralf Meyer of Green Fire Productions will show their new documentary, Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators. Actor Peter Coyote narrates the story about the crucial relationship between predators and their environment. After the screening of the 60 minute documentary there will be a Q&A session with Christopher Spatz, president of the Eastern Cougar Foundation.Each guest will receive an official 2009 Wolf Awareness Week poster and, of course, get to visit our ambassador wolves. Click here to view the October schedule and register today!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Road Trip! WCC Brings Red Wolf M1587 Home

September 29, 2009 - A small group of WCC staff and volunteers is heading south to pick up male red wolf, M1587, from the Mill Mountain Zoo in Virginia. The new addition to the WCC family will join female red wolf, F1291, following a brief adjustment period. The pair are an excellent match on paper and they will be given the opportunity to breed this winter because their offspring will increase the genetic diversity of their rare species. If F1587 and F1291 prove fruitful next spring, some of their pups would be candidates for release! Captive-to-wild fostering events are coordinated efforts by the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Red Wolf Recovery Program and the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan. Fostering is a method which allows genetically valuable captive-born red wolf pups to become integrated into the wild red wolf population. Every spring, field biologists with the Red Wolf Recovery Program listen for the whines and peeps of wild red wolf pups as they search for dens. When biologists locate dens, each pup is counted and tagged and blood samples are collected before the pup is carefully returned. Some of these dens will serve as the foster home for captive born red wolf pups! A number of captive born pups each year are selected to be transferred and inserted into the den of wild wolves. The wild wolves then embrace and raise these new pups as their own. The pups develop in the wild and thus gain survival skills required to mature and reproduce. Keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Protections for Grizzly Bears Are Restored

Photo: U.S.G.S.

Federal Judge Donald W. Molloy restored protections for about 600 grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park, citing a decline in their food supply caused by climate change.

To read more from The New York Times click more


Friday, September 18, 2009

Hélène Grimaud: Wolves are a way into music

Hélène bottle feeding Atka as a young pup

Hélène Grimaud, co-founder of the Wolf Conservation Center, reveals - why wolves?

To read more from Reuters India click more


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Where’s Atka?

Photo: Josh Lewis
Today the Wolf Conservation Center is visiting Catskill Elementary School in a region vivid with natural beauty. Dubbed “America's First Wilderness,” the Catskills is a bountiful and beautiful area harboring a variety of trees – maple, oak, birch, and beech among them – that come into their prime during the last two weeks of September. Atka never fails to impress children and adults alike. The scenic autumn drive will likely leave an impression on Atka and his entourage as well.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Wolf Advocates Won't Appeal Decision

In order to expedite the lawsuit that should ultimately overturn the wolf delisting and restore Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in the Northern Rockies, wolf advocates have opted not to appeal a federal court decision that let wolf hunting seasons go forward in Montana and Idaho.

To view a PDF of the Plaintiffs’ Motion for Expedited Merits Briefing please click here

To read the article from The Missoulian click more

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Where’s Atka?

Atka hits the beach!

Tonight the Wolf Conservation Center will be visiting the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, a nature preserve near the tip of long Island, with ambassador wolf, Atka! The program will include an awe-inspiring, up-close encounter with this important but misunderstood predator. Guests will learn about the history of wolves in the United States, the importance of wolves in a healthy ecosystem and the efforts to save these magnificent creatures for future generations. This won’t be Atka’s first visit to the shore. The cool water, pungent seaweed and stinky fish are always a treat (for Atka that is, not for those that share a van ride home with him at the end of the day!)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Court rules that wolf delisting likely violates the Endangered Species Act. Hunt will continue while court hears lawsuit.

September 8, 2009 - the U.S District Court of Montana agreed with plaintiffs that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service likely violated the Endangered Species Act in delisting wolves in wolves in Idaho, Montana, eastern Washington, eastern Oregon, and portions of north-central Utah. The court declined to immediately halt the ongoing wolf hunt at this time.

To read more from Center for Biological Diversity click more


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Thank Goodness My Dogs Can't Read!

Owen of the WCC "Staff Pack" is horrified! (Photo: Josh Lewis)

A new study of dogs worldwide suggests that wolves may have first been domesticated for their meat!

To read more from The New York Times click more


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Idaho Wolf Hunt Begins Today

Wolf hunting will begin in the Northern Rockies as federal Judge Malloy weighs the request by environmental and animal conservation groups to stop the predators from being killed. Judge Malloy heard the arguments and said he he’d decide as quickly as he could, but he has not issued an injunction yet.

To read more from The Spokesman-Review click more