Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day: a time for flowers, romantic dinners, and, if you're a wolf intent on breeding, something a little different.

When red wolves F1387 and M1483 met at the Wolf Conservation Center only a few short months ago, they were a bit shy. That seemed quite natural, but we were very happy when we began to observe courtship signs such as following each other, parallel walking, and what seemed like flirtatious play. Lately though, the relationship appears to be progressing quite, uh, fluidly, as we've seen the two engage in double marking. It's no box of chocolates, but if it works we're all for it!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Have Wolves Returned to Colorado?

Photo: Rebecca Bose

Although Colorado has not been home for wolves since they were exterminated by federally-funded bounties in the 1940s, a small number of lone wolves have wandered into the state over the past few years (read WCC post here). These lone travelers got everyone talking and now Colorado wolves are in the headlines again. The High Country News is reporting that wolves could be quietly living in Colorado and a DNA test on some scat samples (fecal samples) could prove it!

To read more from The High Country News, please click "Here".