Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Free Contest to Get "Saved"!

Wolves make excellent companions, but only for other wolves. The Wolf Conservation Center always stresses that people who want a great pet should look into adopting from shelters - there's so many amazing animals out there who need homes. So we were psyched to come across Saved by Karin Winegar, a book that recounts 28 stories of rescued animals, ranging from dogs to birds to horses to deer, and the people whose lives they've touched. There's some amazing profiles of animals and people who have weathered tough times and gained strength from each other. From the pair of three-legged Great Pyrenees dogs to the tough-talking sheriff with a not-so-hidden soft spot for kittens and other abandoned animals, there's lots of memorable characters. Plenty of excellent photos by Judy Olausen too. The publisher, Da Capo Press, was kind enough to provide us with several copies to give away. Here's all you have to do for a chance to win a copy along with a WCC bookmark:

Just send us an email at and tell us about an animal that has made a difference in your life. It could be yours, someone else's, a wild animal, one from a book (fiction or nonfiction), etc. We'll pick the winners at random from the entries we receive. If you want to write a description or send a photo, that's great, but you certainly don't have to (and it won't affect your chances of winning). A simple name, e.g. Tucker the cat, is good enough. We may ask you if we can post your story or photo; we won't share them without permission. If you want to mention more than one animal, that's fine too; you'll only be entered in the drawing once, but we'd be happy to read the stories!

The deadline for entries is 11:59pm EST February 3, 2010 (in other words, next Wednesday). Send those entries or any questions you might have to Good luck!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

A Day at the Museum

Atka spent a great day at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Thanks to everybody who came to one of the programs, to the museum for having us back, and to all the helpful staff there! Here's a few shots from the programs.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Proposed Bill Aims to Keep Utah Free from Wolves

Photo: Rebecca Bose

A proposed bill will require Utah to kill or capture any wolf that comes into the state. Utah is not currently home to wild wolves but that is not to say that wolves are unlikely to disperse there. In the past decade, a small number of wolves have made it all the way from Greater Yellowstone to the "beehive state".

Wolf 314F
Not much more than a year ago a female gray wolf, known as 314F, crossed into the state of Utah. The 18-month-old wolf was a member of the Mill Creek pack in Montana and she was equipped with a GPS collar. The satellite data provided by her collar detailed her epic journey from Montana through Yellowstone National Park and the Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming. She then went through southwestern Wyoming, southeast Idaho and northeastern Utah before crossing into Colorado. Biologists believe that she dispersed from her pack in search of a mate. Unfortunately, the wolf that made a 1,000-mile trek from Montana to Colorado was found dead in April of 2009.

Wolf 253M
One of the most famous Yellowstone wolves to land in Utah was also the first confirmed wolf in that state in over 70 years. His name was 253M, also known as "Limpy" or "Hoppy". As a young male 253M left the safety of his pack, the Druids, and traveled across southern Wyoming until he crossed into Utah. 253M was caught in a trap in November of 2002 and was released into the wild of Grand Teton National Park two days later. Wolf 253M continued to make headlines until he was shot in Montana on March 28, 2008 during a period of time when wolves of the northern Rockies were without federal protections.

The amazing journeys of 314F and 253M helped reveal the valuable connection between Colorado and the Northern Rockies wolf population. Will others have the opportunity to follow their lead?

To read more from about the proposed bill to keep wolves out of Utah, please click here.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Remembering Mexican Gray Wolf M190

(Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Lobos of the Southwest continues its Mexican Wolf Biography series with a look back at the life of Mexican gray wolf M190, a.k.a. "Paquito". The WCC is proud to be a part of Paquito's story by having provided him and his mate, F628, with a natural environment where these most elusive creatures could reside with minimal human contact. Paquito was euthanized due to cancer on June 2, 2007, he was 12 years old. Mexican wolf F628 is doing very well and currently lives with M904.

To read more about the life of Paquito from Lobos of the Southwest, please click here.


Monday, January 18, 2010

Idaho Wolves are on the Move!

Wolves originally from Idaho are extending their range west to the Oregon Cascades! Could it be that the Idaho wolf hunt is triggering wolves to disperse westward?

To read more about the rise in wolf sightings in the Oregon Cascades from the Idaho Statesman, click here.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Snow Day!

We thought we'd give you an idea of how our canids are handling the recent "bad" weather that has most of us grumbling, shivering, shoveling, and worrying about commutes.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Winter Thaw?

The Northeast may have been hit by a cold snap, but things seem to be heating up in one of our red wolf enclosures! When F1397 and M1483, members of the SSP for critically endangered red wolves, were first introduced as potential mates, their interactions reminded us of a junior high school dance: there was a lot of awkwardness and the boy and girl were definitely keeping their distance from each other.

Lately though, relations seem to be thawing. The other day we observed some interesting interactions, with F1397 playfully approaching M1483 as he snacked on some leftover deer. Could this be flirting? There's definitely still some tension (especially when F1397 gets her teeth and paws on a deer carcass), but we're hoping this could be the start of a beautiful relationship...

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Former Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Wolf Delisting Imperils the Endangered Species Act

Jamie Rappaport Clark began the new decade with a powerful opinion piece in the Washington Post. Clark, the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1997 to 2001, is currently executive vice president for Defenders of Wildlife.

To read the Wahington Post's "Interior Department's decision imperils wolves, Endangered Species Act" by Jamie Rappaport Clark, click "here".