Friday, September 30, 2016

Beauty. Not Beast.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

A Win For Red Wolves

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2016 - U.S. Federal court blocks U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from authorizing private landowners to capture and kill last remaining wild red wolves!

Judge Terrence Boyle issued a preliminary injunction that forces federal officials to meet high legal standards before they can remove wolves from private property.

Boyle also said that conservation groups are likely to succeed at trial in showing that the USFWS has violated the Endangered Species Act.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Bath Time For Mexican Wolf Pup


This is what family looks like.

For wolves, bath-time isn't only fun, it helps strengthen family bonds. When Mexican gray wolf F1226 (Belle) licks and nibbles her 4-month-old daughter, not only is Mom keeping her kiddo's fur clean and free of debris, her grooming efforts are gestures of intimacy that reaffirm the unique emotional bonds that shape the foundation of the family. Because when it comes to wolves, it's all about family.

Please take action to keep critically endangered Mexican gray wolves protected.
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Monday, September 26, 2016

Grief Is Not Uniquely Human. Wolves Mourn Too.



The practice of mourning a loved one is at the heart of the social structures of many species, most notably humans. We offer condolences on the passing of virtually any individual, no matter how small our connection to them may be, because we understand that their absence is felt deeply and profoundly by others. Comfort can be found in a reassuring hug, a gently worded note, or simply commiserating with others about the devastating loss. But what of those individuals that are isolated and alone, left to mourn the passing of a mate with no company but their own?

The Wolf Conservation Center experienced a devastating loss on September 24th when our very own F1397 (Hazel) passed away, leaving behind a contingent of human admirers and her devoted mate. We grieved for the red wolf with a fierce spirit and an utter devotion to her family, a red wolf that should have witnessed the breathtaking beauty of a wild landscape and enjoyed the freedom to run as far as her lithe body would allow. We grieved so deeply, in fact, that we seemed to forget that our pain at her passing was surely magnified ten-fold by her faithful mate, M1566. Armed with a spirit as fierce and as wild as F1397, M1566 served as the perfect companion to the feisty female. The pair spent two blissful years “protecting” their enclosure from staff photographers and guests eager for the chance to see an elusive canid known as “America’s wolf.” But then tragedy struck, and M1566 was no longer part of a dominating duo bent on keeping their perimeter human-free; our scrappy male was suddenly and abruptly alone.

Wolves are social animals, much like humans, and monumental occasions are shared with the entire pack. But what of the wolves that live alone, secluded in their own peaceful territory? How would they mourn the death of a loved one; would they even feel any loss at all? Critics and naysayers would deny the ability of animals to feel any emotion, let alone ones as complicated as love and loss, but F1397’s passing was felt very strongly by her mate.

Those who are privileged to hear a red wolf’s call know it as a screeching, yapping howl, nothing like the stereotypical howls heard in movies. But on the night of F1397’s passing we heard an eerie, sorrowful howl – the sound of a mate searching for his confidant, hoping for a response in the silent night. Alas, no answering howl pierced the sky but M1566 was relentless in his quest for communication. Surely F1397 would reply but if not her, maybe another wolf was experiencing the same sense of loss and abandonment? These heartbreakingly one-sided howls continued for several minutes and then slowly tapered off, as though M1566 finally realized that for the first time in two years he was utterly alone.

So as we mourn the loss of F1397 and share stories and pictures and listen to videos of her unique howl, let us also remember the wolf who is experiencing far greater pain than us with no hope of comfort in sight.

~ Regan Downey, Wolf Conservation Center Youth Education Coordinator

WCC Mourns Endangered Red Wolf F1397


Dear Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that I share tragic news about a beloved matriarch. Red wolf F1397, affectionately nicknamed “Witchhazel” for her chutzpah, passed away Saturday. She fell victim to bloat or Gastric Dilatation Volvulus - a particularly scary affliction because of how fast the condition becomes lethal. She was eleven years old.

Although F1397 was slight of stature, her presence proved mighty from the moment we met her.

F1397 joined the Wolf Conservation Center family in 2009 when she was introduced to her first love, red wolf M1483. The following spring the pair earned the badge parenthood with the birth of their two sons, M1803 and M1804 (a.k.a. Moose and Thicket). Motherhood amplified F1397’s industrious spirit. Never idle, the commanding mother effortlessly managed the males in the family whilst engineering a series of additions to their den site, enhancements both marvelous and complex to provide her family with a place of refuge from the outside world. Sadly, tragedy struck despite these efforts. M1483 died unexpectedly in 2012 leaving F1397 to raise her young children singlehandedly.

Starting in 2013, a new chapter opened for F1397 and her boys. M1804 was released to the wild. A father himself now, he resides on an island in the Gulf of Mexico with his mate and pups of the year. M1803 welcomed pups of his own with red wolf F1563 (a.k.a. Salty). And in 2014, F1397 found love again in the last companion she would ever know, red wolf M1566 (a.k.a. Smokey).

Her great gift in life was calling our attention to the things that really matter for wolves – family, love, and loyalty. F1397 was ultimate “alpha” - leading both her brood and those who she unknowingly inspired with spirit and spunk. She blazed into our homes and hearts via webcam - opening the door to understanding wolf family values as well as the importance and plight of her endangered kin.

We can be better and do better because she lived. Her scrappy and assiduous spirit will empower us to continue the fight to safeguard the wild legacy she leaves behind.

Our hearts go out to her family, her love M1566, and the many who she had unknowingly touched.

RIP, Witch Hazel. We miss you already.

Maggie Howell, WCC Executive Director

Friday, September 23, 2016

Pool Day For Ambassador Wolf Atka



How did Ambassador wolf Atka celebrate the first day of Autumn? By taking a dip in the pool of course!

The Wolf Conservation Center is constantly trying to make sure that our ambassador wolves have interesting experiences. Their enclosures are spacious and have natural varied terrain, but we also try to provide them with enrichment - activities that will challenge and mentally stimulate them. Enrichment can include hiding food in an empty enclosure and then letting the wolves into the enclosure to track down the food (something we often do when we host birthday parties) or introducing foreign objects with interesting textures and/or smells (such as boxes filled with horsehair and daubed with perfume) into their enclosure.

Sometimes it’s just a matter of letting Atka explore a new environment so he can experience all sorts of different sights and smells! Atka has visited the ocean, rivers, and lakes before - but he has never been to a pool in his 14 years! He wasn't sure at first... but ended up loving it!

Enormous thanks to the Lewisboro Parks and Recreation Department for inviting Atka to its pool! Tomorrow the Town is giving local dogs the unique opportunity to take a dip before it is drained for the season. The "Drool in the Pool" event runs 12pm - 2pm. We hope the doggies have as much fun as Atka did!

Decision in Wyoming Poised to Impact Wolves Beyond the State

A court in Washington, D.C., is poised to decide today whether Wyoming will be allowed to manage wolves within the state, or whether wolves will remain protected under federal law.

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Background

Just over four years ago in 2012, the USFWS officially stripped federal protections from Wyoming's wolves and handed management over to the state, a controversial decision, and contradiction of the agency's stance in the past. Although USFWS had previously criticized Wyoming's state wolf plan on the grounds that unregulated shooting in most of the state would reduce the state’s wolf population below federally required levels, the agency took a significantly altered position, announcing that these wolves no longer warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The following day, management was handed over to the state and Wyoming's inaugural wolf hunt commenced.

A few weeks later, a coalition of conservation groups represented by Earthjustice officially filed suit in federal district court in the District of Columbia asking "the court to declare this rule illegal, and put wolves back on the endangered species list until Wyoming adopts a responsible management plan that ensures the continued survival and recovery of wolves in the region."

Wyoming wolves receive a reprieve in 2014

On September 23, 2014, Judge Amy Berman Jackson invalidated USFWS' s 2012 statewide delisting. The ruling reinstated federal protections and ended management of wolves by Wyoming, a state with a kill-on-sight approach to wolf management. In its 2012 management plan Wyoming promised to maintain more than the required 100 wolves and 10 breeding pairs outside the national parks. The Judge took issue with an addendum in the plan assuring that it would maintain a buffer of wolves above the required number because it did not specify how many wolves or make the buffer binding by law. Because the addendum was legally unenforceable, the Judge found the buffer to be a violation of the ESA.

Broader Implications of Today's Hearing - Nationwide Delisting

If the court decides to overturn Jackson’s decision, wolves far beyond the state border are due to suffer the consequences. A decision to return wolf management to Wyoming paves the way for USFWS to issue their national wolf delisting rule -- meaning all wolves in the lower 48 (except Mexican wolves and red wolves) can lose protection at a time when they have claimed less than 10% of their historic range.


Moreover, Wyoming’s wolf management policies can influence expectations about wildlife management in other states.


"USFWS caved to Wyoming’s insistence on keeping the predator zone," said Wolf Conservation Center's Maggie Howell. "With the service on the cusp of delisting wolves across the United States, any concessions that are allowed in Wyoming by the federal government could set a precedent for other states to bargain with." It's both wrong and dangerous to allow a state with a history of hostile and extreme anti-wolf policies to set an example for other states to follow. This is why U.S. District Judge Jackson's 2014 ruling to reinstate federal protections for Wyoming's wolves was also good news for wolves beyond the state's borders.

Stay tuned for updates.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Happy Autumnal Equinox!


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Officials Foresaw Conflict Between Profanity Peak Pack and Livestock



Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife managers ANTICIPATED conflict between the Profanity Peak Pack wolves and cattle earlier this summer because the pack's range "overlaps public land where ranchers graze their cattle in the summer."

The Profanity Peak pack overlaps almost entirely with public federal lands administered through the U.S. Forest Service.

So during the first week of June, Dept. employees started trapping to place radio collars on endangered wolves to monitor the pack. Two adult wolves were collared and soon thereafter cows began to disperse into the pack's range including the den site and later with rendezvous sites. On July 8th, the state confirmed the first wolf depredation. Less than a moth later the state issued its first kill order.

Were no proactive measures mandated by the state to deter cows from encroaching an area where the Department foresaw conflict? Moreover, can the state justify killing endangered wolves on OUR public lands to benefit the profit margins of a private business?

Is the Department of Fish and Wildlife working to "preserve, protect and perpetuate" wildlife, or privately owned cows on public lands?

TAKE ACTION: Please continue to politely contact WA Governor Jay Inslee at: governorboardsandcommissions@gov.wa.gov and/or 800-833-6388 to urge him to stop the lethal removal effort.

Petition: Tell Governor Inslee to prevent further killing of the Profanity Peak pack:
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Majority of 17,301 public comments opposed to hunting and trapping threatened Algonquin wolves




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MONTREAL (September 19, 2016) – Last week, as the hunting and trapping seasons opened, the Ontario government announced its decision to strip at-risk Algonquin wolves of protection from hunters and trappers across the majority of their range. Ongoing hunting and trapping, the primary threats to the species, caused the wolves’ at-risk status to deteriorate to Threatened on June 15th 2016. A mere 154 adult wolves are left in Ontario. Conservation and animal rights groups from across North America are condemning the decision. 

Ontario claims their decision is justified due to the inability of hunters and trappers to differentiate between coyotes and Algonquin wolves. Without genetically testing each animal killed, the government cannot track how many Algonquin wolves are killed. There is no limit on the number of wolves that can be trapped and hunting bag limits are absent in some parts of the wolf’s habitat. 

Hunting and trapping were banned in the townships surrounding Algonquin Provincial Park in 2001 due to overwhelming public concern for the park wolves. This year, public concern has been ignored – the majority of the 17,301 comments submitted in response to the proposals opposed the regulation changes. 

“The Ontario government is peddling their decision as improved protection for the wolves because they have closed hunting and trapping in three additional areas bordering provincial parks,” said Hannah Barron, director of wildlife conservation, Earthroots. “However, these new closures are too small to protect Algonquin wolf packs, let alone individual animals capable of traveling hundreds of kilometres in their lifetime. Any wolf outside of these closures can be killed.” 

“Allowing these rare wolves to be killed is not only inhumane and shameful, it can have unintended consequences for farmers and the animals in their care. A growing body of research shows that hunting and trapping can increase future livestock depredation by causing social chaos amongst wolf and coyote populations,” noted Gabriel Wildgen, campaign manager for Humane Society International/Canada. 

“If the government was actually serious about protecting farmers’ livelihoods, they would subsidize non-lethal strategies to prevent depredation in the first place. This decision not only endangers a threatened wolf species, it also fails the farming community.” remarked Lesley Sampson, executive director of Coyote Watch Canada. 

“By allowing hunters and trappers to kill Algonquin wolves across the majority of their extent of occurrence, Ontario’s message to the American people and their own constituents is that species-at-risk recovery is not a priority,” stated Maggie Howell, director of the Wolf Conservation Center in New York. “This decision is in direct contravention to its ministry’s mandate.”
Media contacts:
  • Hannah Barron, Director of Wildlife Conservation Campaigns, Earthroots (647) 567-8337 hannah@earthroots.org 
  • Christopher Paré – office: 514 395-2914 x 206, cell: 438 402-0643, email:cpare@hsi.org 
  • Photos of Algonquin wolves available upon request.

The Wolf is a Symbol of America’s Vanishing Wilderness Not Acts of Human Terror

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A "lone wolf" in the natural world means something far different than the way the media is using it these days. A wolf that leaves its pack and strikes out on its own is called a 'lone wolf.' Its solo status makes it more vulnerable to attack by other wolves and to malnutrition. Some lone wolves are subordinates who leave when food becomes scarce.

Mostly, a lone wolf is a wolf that is searching, and what it seeks is another wolf - a mate and unoccupied territory and sufficient food to survive. It will sometimes travel **hundreds** of miles from where it was born because everything in its nature tells it to belong to something greater than itself ~ a family or 'pack.'

Wolves who do this are called 'dispersers' and their dispersal ensures the critical genetic exchange between wolves from different family groups which keeps all wolf populations healthy. So, when you hear the term 'lone wolf,' think of a strong, resilient and rugged individualist who is devoted to family and healthy life-long bonds.

It is time humans start owning up to their own shortcomings instead of attributing it to other species.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

And the Wolf Emmy Goes to...


The Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding ensemble in a Drama series goes to the red wolf pups in Game of Thrones' "The Struggle for the Iron Bone!" 



If only their struggles ended here.... 

The red wolf (Canis rufus) is the only wolf species found completely within the United States. Once common throughout the southeastern United States, red wolf populations were decimated by the 1960s due to intensive predator control programs and loss of habitat. In 1980, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) declared red wolves extinct in the wild after the last wild red wolves were gathered to survive in captivity, their wildness caged. With the support of the Federal Red Wolf Species Survival Plan, a national initiative whose primary purpose is to support the reestablishment of red wolves in the wild through captive breeding, public education, and research, and under the aegis of the Endangered Species Act, red wolves were reintroduced in North Carolina in 1987. They were the first federally-listed species to be returned to their native habitat, and have served as models for other programs. But today, USFWS, the very agency charged by federal law with protecting endangered species, is walking away from recovering the last wild red wolves to satisfy a few very vocal opponents. The current estimate puts the remaining wild population at their lowest level in decades. Only 45 wild red wolves remain.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Ontario Opts to Allow Threatened Algonquin Wolves to Be Hunted/Trapped

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In June 2016, status assessments by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) and by the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario (COSSARO) resulted in a reclassification of and name change for the eastern wolf. Ontario’s remnant eastern wolves are now called “Algonquin wolves.” Moreover, the wolves are now listed as “threatened” under the province’s Endangered Species Act (ESA), granting the species an extra degree of protection from its previous listing of “special concern” issued in 2008. Under the ESA, all threatened and endangered species and their habitat are automatically protected.

But on September 15, 2016, the very day Ontario's hunting and trapping seasons open, the Ontario government announced that despite the its "threatened" status, the province is limiting protection of Algonquin wolves to three small, disconnected ‘islands’, keeping all others areas open to hunting and trapping. These islands constitute less than 10% of the wolves’ habitat in Ontario. Thus, threatened Algonquin wolves will remain unprotected from hunting and trapping in the majority of their range. 

View Ontario's decision notices here and here.

Beyond undermining the intent of the province's ESA, Ontario's decision to allow hunters and trappers to kill Algonquin wolves across the majority of their extent of occurrence sends a message to the American people and its own constituents that species-at-risk recovery is not a priority. As the global stronghold for a threatened wolf species that researchers now know roamed much of the eastern side of North America, Ontario should let science, not political pressure, steer conservation policy.

Photo: Steve Dunsford of Impressions of Algonquin

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Little Lobo Takes On Critical Role in Mexican Wolf Recovery

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At 16 weeks old, f1508 (a.k.a. KB) is a lobo with the weight of the world on her shoulders. This pup is one of three siblings born at the Wolf Conservation Center this season and takes on the critical role in re-establishing the Mexican wolf in the wild through captive breeding, public education, and research. The captive lobo population is the sole source of Mexican wolves available to re-establish the species in the wild - their true home.

Here's hoping that f1508 gets the call of the wild one day in her future. These wolves do not belong in zoos and enclosures. As top predators they are desperately needed to fulfill an important role in the wild.

Background

The Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) or “lobo” is the most genetically distinct lineage of wolves in the Western Hemisphere, and one of the most endangered mammals in North America. By the mid-1980s, hunting, trapping, and poisoning caused the extinction of lobos in the wild, with only a handful remaining in captivity. In 1998 the wolves were reintroduced into the wild as part of a federal reintroduction program under the Endangered Species Act. Today in the U.S., there is a single wild population comprising only 97 individuals – a decrease from 110 counted at the end of 2014. 

Despite these low numbers, congress is poised to strip critically endangered wolves of their federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. Please contact your senators today to urge them to oppose legislation taking aim at lobos.


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Monday, September 12, 2016

USFWS Sets Dangerous Precedent Affecting Future of Red Wolf Recovery

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In September 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced that it would be conducting a review of the Red Wolf Recovery Program in eastern North Carolina, per request of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC), to determine if the agency should continue, modify, or terminate the program that manages the last remaining wild red wolves on our planet.

On Monday, September 12, 2016, USFWS published its long-awaited Red Wolf Program Review. The agency proposes a new rule that significantly changes the size, scope and management of the current red wolf recovery program.

The plan seeks to:
  • reduce the area wolves can roam from five counties to less than one by limiting red wolves to northeastern North Carolina's Dare County Bombing Range and the nearby Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge as of December 2017 (see area shaded red on map below); wolves that stray beyond those boundaries would be captured and placed in a captive breeding program. 
  • recapture as many of the 45 wolves that presently remain in the wild by removing isolated packs of wild red wolves from private lands in several North Carolina counties near where they were reintroduced and place them in the single county within the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge that has been targeted for that purpose. 
  • increase the captive breeding population of red wolves from 29 to 52 breeding pairs (or approximately 400 individual animals) with no definitive timeline as to if or when these wolves will ever be reintroduced to the wild. 
  • the decision will go through a public comment period and could be finalized by December 2017.

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In 2004, the Wolf Conservation Center joined the federal recovery effort via its acceptance into the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan and has played a critical role in preserving and protecting this imperiled species through carefully managed breeding and reintroduction. Red wolf reintroduction was among the first instances of a species, considered extinct in the wild, being re-established from a captive population. In many ways the red wolf program was the pilot program, serving as a model for subsequent canid reintroductions, particularly those of the Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) to the American Southwest and the gray wolf (Canis lupus) to the Yellowstone region. 

Red wolves are an American icon that makes our country’s wild lands whole and healthy. And the red wolf’s homecoming to America's Southeast remained a significant milestone not only for the rare species but for endangered wildlife conservation. The wild population peaked at an estimated 130 wolves in 2006 and remained above 100 for several years. Data shows 15 or more wolves have died in each of the past 3 years from a variety of reasons including gunshot. It's generally illegal to kill endangered animals. Unfortunately, in 2014 when USFWS halted all key management activity including captive-to-wild releases, the wild red wolf population plummeted to its lowest level in decades. Current estimates put the wild population at just 45 today. 

"There is a perceived notion that red wolf recovery is a local or regional issue and that only the residents of North Carolina are seemingly impacted by the results of this review," stated Maggie Howell Executive Director of the WCC. "In fact, endangered species recovery is a matter of pride and concern for all U.S. citizens and taxpayers. Thus, this issue is not exclusive to North Carolina. USFWS's proposals, which significantly modify the size, scope and management of the current red wolf recovery program, set a dangerous precedent. By succumbing to political pressure, the USFWS is allowing a state to dictate endangered species policy instead of adhering to proven scientific principles and practices." 

The value and importance of conserving species and ensuring biodiversity is an accepted axiom of the 21st century. The importance of a keystone predator such as the red wolf to a balanced and resilient ecosystem is undeniable. That our policies should be motivated by these basic scientific principles is a must. 

Please stay tuned for updates.

We've Destroyed 10% of Global Wilderness During Past Two Decades

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Globally important wilderness areas are strongholds for biodiversity, for regulating local climates, and for supporting the world’s most politically and economically marginalized communities. A new study finds that since the early 1990s mankind has destroyed 10 percent of the world’s wilderness - an area adding up to about 1.27 million square miles, an area twice the size of Alaska. Only 23% of the Earth’s land surface contains now contains wilderness and some biomes have almost none left.
 
The findings of the study underscore an immediate need for international policies to recognize the vital values of wilderness and the unprecedented threats they face and to underscore urgent large-scale, multifaceted actions needed to maintain them.


Read the paper in Current Biology HERE.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Remember.

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Please take a moment to remember those lost and affected on 9/11 and those who are still suffering. Of the 10,000 responders at Ground Zero, 300 were dogs. The Dog Files tells their story.
 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

This Essential Family Could Be Just a Memory


This is critically endangered Mexican gray wolf F1226 (a.k.a. Belle) and her son m1506 (Duffy).

Hunting, trapping, and poisoning caused the initial extinction of their wild kin. Now wild lobos may face extinction for a second time but at the hands of Congress. Please urge your respective senators and President Obama to OPPOSE extinction riders taking aim at wolves.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Beyond the killing of the Profanity Peak Pack lies a second injustice, the slaughter of academic freedom.

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In his article, "The Profanity Peak Pack: Loss of wolves and academic freedom," ecologist George Wuerthner touches on issues far broader than just the destruction of a wolf pack in the state of Washington. Here's a sample:

Dr Wielgus is a much respected and published predator ecologist whose on-going research has challenged traditional ideas about predator management. But when Wielgus stated that a particular livestock operator had “elected to put his livestock directly on top of (the wolves’) den site…” efforts were made to silence and discredit him.

The Wielgus character assassination is merely the latest a long sordid history of natural resource interests interfering with, and attempting to suppress research that challenges their hegemony and control of public resources.

It’s important that media, citizens, and others “follow the money.” Whether as blatant as the effort to discredit Dr. Wielgus or subtler, these industries make it clear there are sidebars to your research and what you can say or publish.

To believe that agency “professionals” whether wildlife biologists working for state wildlife agencies or foresters working for the Forest Service or range conservationists working for the BLM are presenting complete objective information is naïve.

However, it goes beyond the agencies since they often fund academic researchers. So if you are a forestry professor at Oregon State University, you know that it is not wise to criticize logging or the Forest Service policies. If you are a wildlife professor you had better not challenge hunting and state wildlife agencies. And if you are a range professor, well you know that cows are God’s gift to mankind so what else do you need to know.

The point is that one must follow the money. As Upton Sinclair noted long ago, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Labor? It's Overrated....

Happy Labor Day!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Stop it. You started it.... MOM!



These Mexican gray wolf pups represent the Wolf Conservation Center's active participation to save a species from the brink of extinction.

The WCC is one of 54 facilities in the U.S. and Mexico participating in the Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan - a bi-national initiative whose primary purpose is to support the reestablishment of Mexican wolves in the wild through captive breeding, public education, and research.

Background
The Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) or “lobo” is the most genetically distinct lineage of wolves in the Western Hemisphere, and one of the most endangered mammals in North America. By the mid-1980s, hunting, trapping, and poisoning caused the extinction of lobos in the wild, with only a handful remaining in captivity. In 1998 the wolves were reintroduced into the wild as part of a federal reintroduction program under the Endangered Species Act. Today in the U.S., there is a single wild population comprising only 97 individuals - a decrease from 110 counted at the end of 2014.

Despite these low numbers, congress is poised to strip critically endangered wolves of their federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. Please contact your senators today to urge them to oppose legislation taking aim at lobos.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

When it Comes to Family, Wolves and Humans Have Something in Common



"Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom...."


This is what family looks like.

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This Mexican gray wolf family represents the Wolf Conservation Center's active participation to save a species from the brink of extinction.

The WCC is one of 54 facilities in the U.S. and Mexico participating in the Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan - a bi-national initiative whose primary purpose is to support the reestablishment of Mexican wolves in the wild through captive breeding, public education, and research.

The Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) or “lobo” is the most genetically distinct lineage of wolves in the Western Hemisphere, and one of the most endangered mammals in North America. By the mid-1980s, hunting, trapping, and poisoning caused the extinction of lobos in the wild, with only a handful remaining in captivity. In 1998 the wolves were reintroduced into the wild as part of a federal reintroduction program under the Endangered Species Act. Today in the U.S., there is a single wild population comprising only 97 individuals - a decrease from 110 counted at the end of 2014.

Despite these low numbers, congress is poised to strip critically endangered wolves of their federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. Please contact your senators today to urge them to oppose legislation taking aim at lobos.