Friday, April 26, 2013

Wolf Conservation Center Ambassador Pack to Remain a Trio

Dear Friends,

Late yesterday afternoon we learned that the Wolf Conservation Center will not be welcoming a new Ambassador pup this spring. Due to unanticipated circumstances, the breeding facility is unwilling to relinquish any pups born this season. Although we're terribly disappointed, our resolve to provide science-based education programming with Ambassador wolves remains strong.  Ambassador wolves Atka, Zephyr, and Alawa will continue their meaningful work of forging a connection with our visitors and improving our efforts to teach the importance of conservation, ecological balance, and one's personal responsibility for improved human stewardship of our World.

That being said, the WCC is still prepping for pups. Home to two breeding pairs, the WCC hopes to celebrate the birth of critically endangered red wolves and/or Mexican gray wolves any day now. WCC supporters have been spying on Mexican wolf F749 (and her growing waistline) via our WildEarth.TV webcams, and both F749 and red wolf female F1291 have been demonstrating behavior typical of wolves with pups on the way! So please stay tuned to find out whether or not these special wolves that call the WCC home will be making a priceless contribution to the recovery of their rare species.

Monday, April 22, 2013

First Mexican Wolves Born at the WCC Turn 5 Years Old

It's birthday season for wolves in North America so over the coming weeks we'll have a lot of celebrating to do!  Today we honor a special litter of lobos: Happy B'Earth Day Mexican wolves M1139, M1140, M1141, F1143, F1144, and F1145!
On April 22, 2008, Mexican wolf F613 gave birth to 3 boys and 3 girls.  A pile of pups.
June 26 - the pups get their first checkup and were assigned alphanumeric "names."
The leggy youngsters, not quite yearlings,  enjoy their first winter.
Waiting for his opportunity to thrive on the wild landscape of the southwest.

Happy Earth Day!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Dynamic Duo Enter Their "Terrific-Twos!"

It's hard to believe that the pair we used to refer to as the "diminutive duo" are turning two years old today! An inspiration from their adorable start, the stunning siblings continue to thrive in their "Ambassador" roles. By providing science-based education programming with our Ambassador pack, we improve our efforts to successfully restore endangered wolves to their ancestral homes in the wild and encourage a  philosophy of respect for all living things. Atka, Zephyr, and Alawa do a wonderful job of opening the door to understanding the importance of conservation, ecological balance, and one's personal responsibility for improved human stewardship of our World. Keep up the great wolf, kiddos!

A Birthday Celebration at Wolf Pup Wednesday 
Cocktails for a Cause

It's pup season in North America, so birthdays are abound! The WCC is proud to be home to two breeding pairs. So, in anticipation of critically endangered pups and the new arctic wolf pup joining the Ambassador Pack this summer, the WCC invites you to join us for Wolf Pup Wednesday – a FREE get-together at Le Chateau!

WAG Magazine's "Class & Sass" duo Martha Handler and Jennifer Pappas will be pouring drinks to raise money for the newest additions to the WCC family. Our sassy Celebrity Bartenders of the evening will be giving all tips to the WCC and Le Chateau will donate a portion of all drink proceeds too! We'll also hold a raffle for a  WCC "Pup Social" (value: $600) and more!

So join us for an after-work toast or a bite to eat, bring your friends and family, and learn more about the WCC, our special wolves, and what we hope will be a fruitful Spring!

This is a FREE event and requires no registration.

WEDNESDAY - April 24, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Le Chateau
1410 Route 35 (near route 123)
South Salem, NY

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

New Guidlines to Limit Animal Abuse by Federal Agency

Stung by charges of animal abuse, Wildlife Services, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has adopted new guidelines for how its employees are to handle dogs in the field. This move comes after very disturbing photos surfaced on the web last November showing an agent's hunting dogs attacking a helpless coyote caught in a leg-hold trap. The photos had hackles so many hackles raised that an online petition sponsored by Project Coyote calling for Olson's termination has gathered more than 54,000 signatures.

Read more from the The Sacramento Bee.

Another Wildlife Services employee is currently under investigation for the death of a critically endangered Mexican gray wolf. The incident reportedly happened on Jan. 19 but was not made public until April 4th in the Albuquerque Journal, which was spurred by a tip from the Center for Biological Diversity. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which had previously reported that “no wolf mortalities were documented” for the month of January, would not confirm the killing had taken place.

Read more here.

The National Wolfwatcher Coalition is asking supporters to write letters to the editor (LTE) to keep the pressure on Congress to investigate and shut down this horrible agency, funded by our tax dollars. Read about how to write and effective LTE.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Wolf Conservation Center Mourns Mexican Wolf F837

t is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of a special wolf that many of us “knew.” Mexican Gray Wolf F837 passed away earlier today.  We won't know the cause of her death until a necropsy is performed.

The Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) was first introduced to F837 in November of 2004 when she and her three sisters were transferred from the Minnesota Zooogical Garden to the WCC as yearlings. Our Center was selected to care for these wolves as a participant in the Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan. We had the enclosure space available and the luxury of allowing them to reside off exhibit in a natural environment with minimal human contact. Although the wolves are identified by alphanumeric labels - F836, F837, F838, and F839, we called the sisters “the Minnesota Girls."

F837 outlived her three litter mates.  F836 and F838 were given the gift of freedom but sadly their lives in the wild were cut short by poachers in 2006 and 2008. F839 died suddenly a few years back of cardiac arrest. After the loss of her sisters, F837 was introduced to Mexican wolf M805. They met during the fall of 2010 and although they never proved fruitful, the pair was well bonded.
Like most of our Mexican wolves, the pair resided off-exhibit in a natural environment where these most elusive creatures can reside with minimal human contact. Thanks to our WildEarthTV webcams, however, a global audience was able to watch the beautiful couple in real time. Mexican wolves M805 and F837 had a growing group of fans, webcam-watchers enjoyed tuning in to observe M805's lack of table manners (he never believed in "ladies first" when food was concerned...) and to behold the beautiful F837 bask in the sun in her favorite spot upon the wooden platform.

F837 would have been 10 years old on May 19th.  Our hearts go out to her mate and those of you who F837 had unknowingly touched.
RIP F837.

Happy Tax Day

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Michigan Voters Want Wolves Protected

With just 687 wolves in Michigan and more than 50 years spent to recover them, the  Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) believes we need to keep Michigan wolves protected. The WCC is among the 119 other organizations across the country that endorsed an advocacy movement sparked by the great folks from Keep Michigan’s Wolves Protected to place a referendum on the Michigan statewide ballot in 2014 that would allow voters to choose whether or not to enact the legislature’s wolf hunting law.  Within 67 days, an impressive 253,000 signatures (exceeding the required number by 90,000) were obtained and submitted to the Michigan Secretary of State for certification so the issue can be included on the November 2014 ballot to be voted upon by registered voters.

Earlier this week, Senator Casperson introduced SB 288, legislation that would undermine the ability of Michigan voters to protect wildlife. If passed, the bill puts the fragile wolf population at risk of trophy hunting (undermining the 253,000+ signatures that Keep Michigan Wolves Protected collected statewide) and puts species like mourning doves at risk of being used for target practice.  On top of this, Michigan citizens would not be allowed to challenge a NRC decision through the referendum process.

The National Wolfwatcher Coalition explains how advocates in Michigan and elsewhere  can lend their voice to safeguard Michigan wolves.
Take Action.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Women, Wolves, Work, and the Will to Lead

Alawa leans in.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Wolf Conservation Center Talks Wolves On Public Radio

WCC's Maggie Howell talks wolves, coexistence, predator friendly products, and the family of advocacy organizations working on behalf of our favorite misunderstood predator on Public Radio 88.3 WPPB - FM. Listen here (interview starts about 1/3 into the program)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Death of Critically Endangered Mexican Gray Wolf Under Investigation

One might imagine that an agency called "Wildlife Services" would take on a supportive role in safeguarding wildlife. Think again. Often dubbed "the Killing Agency," this branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has had hackles raised among members of wildlife conservation communities for years and now a Wildlife Services employee under investigation for the death of a critically endangered Mexican gray wolf, or lobo.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Federal officials have confirmed that a Wildlife Services employee is the subject of an investigation into the killing of an endangered Mexican gray wolf in January in the southwest corner of New Mexico. Details surrounding the lobo's death have been limited. Although spokespeople for the federal agency say that the case is under investigation, their comments do suggest that the killing was a case of mistaken identity.

This news comes just days after  #LoboWeek, a week long movement honoring the 15th anniversary of the lobo's return to the wild, and almost a year after The Sacramento Bee revealed some staggering facts about this agency to the general public. According to WildEarth Guardians, the agency "spent nearly $1 billion to kill nearly 23 million animals using aerial guns, poisons, traps, snares, and hounds, purportedly to protect agriculture and other private interests as part of a grossly ineffective and wasteful program." WildEarth Guardians also charges that the agency's wildlife extermination programs are illegal and in 2012 filed suit to put an end to them.  In response to this latest controversy surrounding Wildlife Services Michael Robinson, wolf advocate at Center for Biological Diversity, stated  "The killing of any Mexican wolf is a tragedy, but this incident is magnified by the fact it appears there was an intentional effort to withhold information from the public...  (this)  should further raise alarm bells about the need for reform of the wildlife-killing agency.”

With just 75 known lobos on the wild landscape of the southwest, news of this death is heartbreaking and a setback on the recovery of his rare species.

Read more from Center for Biological Diversity  here.