Friday, September 22, 2017

Happy Autumn!

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
~Almost Albert Camus

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Rare Mexican Gray Wolf Pup Named After Connecticut Teen

Photo: Four month old Mexican gray wolf pup "Max" during her puppy veterinary exam at the Wolf Conservation Center

Meet Mexican gray wolf pup Max!

So many wonderful things are happening at the Wolf Conservation Center and we are excited to share a little news with you all. We are so lucky and grateful to have a wonderful supporter and volunteer named Max Toscano. The teen from Darien, Connecticut has a passion for wolves that is unparalleled. Max has been a part of the WCC family since he was 12 years old!
While our three little Mexican gray wolf pups were recently assigned their alphanumeric "names," two of them have yet to receive proper names. It seemed only natural that one of them would be named after Max.

We introduce to you, little Max, one of our three feisty pups named in his honor!

Learn more about Max and her critically endangered kin here.

Monday, September 18, 2017

As Top Predators, Wolves Limit Their Own Numbers

Wolves are highly social animals that live in well-organized family units called packs. Cooperative living gives wolf families a number of benefits. In addition to facilitating successful hunting, pup-rearing, and defending pack territory, cooperative living allows wolves to limit their own population densities—or self-regulate—helping to keep their ecosystems in balance.

Unlike small mammals who multiply like bunnies or some predators who’s boom or bust depends on said bunnies, large carnivores like wolves keep their own numbers in check. According to a recent work published in OIKOS, population control is what distinguishes “apex predators” from the rest.


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Quiet Please...

Shh... Sunday in progress.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Sneaky Wolf Steals Bone From His Brother

This is what brotherhood looks like.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Something is rotten in the southwest... And it smells like cow.

What's wrong with this story?

A cow lives on a ranch in the southwest. A cow dies. Remaining on the landscape, the dead cow draws in predators (like wolves) looking for an easy meal. Scavenging is known to habituate wolves to prey on livestock. A wolf kills a cow. Ranchers are reimbursed for their losses and critically endangered Mexican gray wolf gets killed. Sound fair?

Here's the problem.

There's an imbalance. While livestock owners are compensated for livestock lost to wolves, and offered financial and logistical assistance with depredation avoidance measures, there is NO corresponding requirement for livestock owners to remove livestock carcasses on public lands (or take measures to protect their cattle from depredations in the first place).

When gray wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone and the northern Rocky Mountains, there was a rule stipulating that stock owners must not leave carcasses accessible to wolves.

So where's the rule mandating livestock growers to practice basic animal husbandry (remove dead cows) within the recovery area of a wolf subspecies on the brink of extinction?

Something is rotten in the southwest states... And it smells like cow

View U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's kill authorization for critically endangered Mexican gray wolf F1557 of the Diamond Pack.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Good Morning America's Lara Spencer Spotlights Wolf Conservation Center

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 Howls of thanks to Lara Spencer and  Good Morning America for raising awareness for wolves and our efforts to protect and preserve them!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Lewisboro Town Pool Gets Thrown to the Wolves

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. Sometimes the best enrichment is just a matter of letting the wolves explore a new environment so they can experience all sorts of different sights and smells!

 With the summer season coming to an end, and the town pool closing for the season soon, we’re taking Ambassador wolf Atka for a swim!

We didn’t know what Atka would do, but it sure was fun finding out!

 Enormous thanks to Lewisboro Parks and Recreation Department for letting us throw the pool to the wolves!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Protect the Endangered Species Act

Today and tomorrow, the House Natural Resources Committee will consider a handful of bills that are poised to severely undermine the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Two bills, H.R. 3668 and H.R. 424, seek to strip federal ESA protections for wolves in 4 states to allow wolves to be shot and trapped for trophy. To add insult to injury, the bills prohibit their judicial review thus preventing any legal challenge.

The ESA requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to follow the best available science, not politics, in listing decisions. These bills blatantly ignore this federal mandate, and thus undermines the integrity of our nation’s most significant environmental law.

If your U.S. Representative serves on the on the House Natural Resources Committee, please ask him or her to vote NO on all the bills these being considering the committee.

View members of the HNRC here.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Never Forgotten

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 here.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Red Wolf Born at the Wolf Conservation Center in Hurricane's Path

Red Wolf pup walking St. Vincent NWR
Hoping red wolf M1804, aka "Thicket," and his family are staying safe in the path of Hurricane Irma.

Born at the Wolf Conservation Center, today Thicket lives in the wild with mate and yearlings (photo) on St. Marks and St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuges - a remote barrier island off Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. Our hearts and positive thoughts are with you.

(Photo: John Murphy/USFWS)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Healing Howls

family_love_logo_1smThinking of all the people, pets and wild ones in the path of devastating storms. Our hearts and positive thoughts are with you and those already affected.

Amendment Poised to Allow Killing of Wolves on NPS Lands Advances

Just days after returning from recess, Congress advanced a dangerous amendment poised to allow wolves to be killed via extreme and cruel hunting methods on National Park Service (NPS) lands.

House lawmakers began debating bills this week, including spending bill (H.R. 3354) - a massive bill to fund the federal government, including the Department of the Interior.

Among the provisions debated and passed on the house floor yesterday was Rep. Don Young’s (R-Alaska) amendment #43 – a rider seeking to overturn a NPS rule in order to allow some of the most extreme and unethical hunting practices on NPS lands in Alaska. Young's amendment passed 215-196 late last night.

If amendment #43 remains attached to the must-pass funding bill when signed into law, it will allow the killing of denning wolves and pups, hibernating bears and cubs, aerial gunning, snaring, and more… and on national refuge land in Alaska.

Alaska's national refuges are not private game reserves. What are wildlife refuges, after all, if not refuges for wildlife?

These unethical practices have no place anywhere on North American lands, and least of all on OUR national refuges and preserves.

The appropriations bill is part of a larger package, an eight-bill omnibus, that includes controversial funding ideas for the EPA, and the departments of the Interior, Commerce, State and Labor. The chamber is set to continue considering amendments into next week.

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Strange Bedfellows: The Wolf and the Toad

Imagine what it would be like to share a bed with wolves.... One very lucky toad doesn't have to fantasize about it - he lived it!

When Mexican gray wolf mom F1226 (Belle) loses her patience with her three pups, her amphibian guest shows himself out, but not before getting nosed by one of the curious kiddos!

This critically endangered Mexican gray wolf family represents the Wolf Conservation Center’s active participation in an effort to save a species on the brink of extinction.

Learn more.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Labor? It's Overrated.


Happy Labor Day!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Your moment of (fierce) cuteness

Meet Mexican gray wolf pup "Nita." Beyond being cute, she represents our active participation in the effort to save her species from extinction.

Learn more.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Biologists Blast Fed's Mexican Wolf Plan


Scientists Say Draft Recovery Plan Ignores ESA Requirements

Biologists with recognized expertise in scientific disciplines relevant to Mexican wolf recovery have submitted comments blasting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) recently released Draft Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan.

“The draft recovery plan will not lead to recovery of the Mexican wolf, unless it is significantly altered to address at least some of the shortcomings identified….,” said Dr. Mike Phillips, executive director of the Turner Endangered Species Fund Fund. “If the final plan is a close reflection of the draft, then I am predicting that it will set the Mexican wolf adrift for decades without ever approaching the shore of recovery.”

More via Wildlands Network

Friday, September 1, 2017

WDFW Kills State Endangered Wolf To Protect Cows On Public Lands

State wildlife officials killed another state endangered wolf to protect cows grazing on public lands. The wolf, a member of the Sherman family group, was killed by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) early today.

This is the third time the WDFW has killed wolves to protect the Diamond M’s livestock, beginning with the Wedge Pack in 2012 and the Profanity Peak pack last summer. The ranch leases federal grazing allotments in the Colville National Forest and operates one of the largest cattle operations in the state.

Should WDFW be killing wolves (state endangered no less) on America’s public lands to benefit the profit margins of a private business?

Read the update from WDFW.