Monday, January 15, 2018

Keep Howling

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. ~Martin Luther King Jr.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

B.C. Govt. Seeks to Trap Unique Coastal Sea Wolves

During the Wolf Conservation Center's 2017 summer adventure in British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest, WCC staff and supporters were treated to a wild melody from a coastal sea wolf.

British Columbia’s coastal wolves live a unique existence. Hunting and beach-combing on the fringe between rainforest and ocean, they swim between islands and eat whatever the sea serves up.

Today, these wolves need your help.

On January 10, 2018, in a misguided attempt to preserve deer populations, the B.C. government announced it's proposal to increase the wolf trapping season on Vancouver Island to 10 months out of the year.

The proposal states that they are basing the decision on anecdotal information and not on science or any reliable data.

Moreover, trapping is inhumane and inherently nonselective. They injure and kill countless nontarget animals annually, including endangered and threatened species, and even family pets.

Please help.

Submit comments to B.C.'s Fish and Wildlife Branch and oppose the NDP government's proposal to lengthen the wolf trapping season on Vancouver Island. Pacific Wild offers you helpful tools.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

His Howl Can Change The World...

Because it can change people.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Study Questions Efficacy of Killing Wolves to Protect Livestock

Results show lethal management may make things worse.

Lethal management of wolves following wolf attacks on livestock may have unintended consequences, a new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison suggests.

The study shows that government killing of wolves can increase the risk to nearby farms, providing further evidence for the ineffectiveness of the so-called “lethal control” policy approach.

The report also casts doubt on an earlier research paper, which government agencies often use to support the practice.

The research adds to a stack of recent scientific papers that question the often-used practice of killing predators to reduce the chances of attacks on cattle, sheep and other livestock. Wildlife managers across the West trap and kill wolves, cougars and coyotes and other predators, and lethal control has become more common for wolves in Oregon and Washington as their populations have grown. But many scientists contend there’s little good evidence for the effectiveness of those efforts.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

When Wolf Mama's "Me Time" Gets Interrupted by Needy Pups

Squeeze in and get cozy and fierce with critically endangered Mexican gray wolf Belle (F1226) and her daughters born May 2017.

Things got a bit testy in the den the other night. Is Belle being a cranky mama? Perhaps; raising 6 kiddos is hard work and requires a lot of patience. Beyond her potential irritability, however, Belle was fulfilling her parental obligations by setting some rules in the cozy den.

Wolves mainly use body language to convey the rules for the family. Wolf families usually consist of the breeding pair (mom and dad) and their offspring of varying ages. Sometimes unrelated wolves will join a family too. To maintain order, wolves will rely on their posture, tail position, facial expression and ear position to articulate their status and role within the family. Wolves will also use body language to communicate intentions or to initiate some fun.

The parents (sometimes referred to as the “alpha” pair) are the leaders of the pack, and they express their status with erect posture and tails carried high. The less dominant family members (usually the offspring in the family) exhibit their position through submissive behavior. With lowered tails and posture, less dominant wolves acknowledge their role and rank in the family hierarchy. Pawing, tail tucking, and muzzle-licking are among the submissive gestures expressed by less dominant wolves.

We hope you enjoyed spending time with these beautiful wolves!

Tune in to the Mexican Wolf Family webcam HERE.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

WCC's Endangered Wolves In the News Around the Globe

Thank you, Reuters, for featuring the Wolf Conservation Center's critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves in its coverage of the January blizzard that hit the U.S. East Coast.

You can check in on the WCC's 30 wolves via LIVE webcams HERE.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Winter is Welcome for Arctic Wolf Atka

How do wolves respond to sub-zero temperatures? They bask.

Wild Arctic gray wolves (Canis lupus arctos) live primarily in the Arctic, the region located above 67° north latitude. These fascinating creatures are designed by the pressures of nature and are well adapted to survive on the icy landscape.

Atka, like his wild counterparts, has two layers of fur: the long guard hairs that form the visible outer layer of the coat and the soft dense undercoat. The coarse guard hairs determine a wolf's appearance/color and work like a raincoat, protecting a wolf from rain, snow, and sleet. The insulating undercoat is usually gray in color and keeps the animal comfortable in cold temperatures.

Additional adaptations to reduce heat loss include the slightly shorter nose, ears, and legs than other gray wolf subspecies, and hair between the pads of his snowshoe-like feet. His fluffy tail can also keep this nose warm and cozy. Thanks to these special features, Arctic wolves can survive in temperatures as low as minus 70° Fahrenheit.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Happiness is...

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Wolf Camp For Kids This Summer & Spring

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It may be cold outside, but it’s time to start thinking about summer camp!

Give the young animal lover in your family a chance to thrive among wolves all week long! The five-day program will include opportunities for your child to learn about nature and wildlife through woodland exploration, scavenger hunts, wilderness games, live animals, etc. Children will learn about various habitats, animal communication and behavior, food chains, and local wildlife.

Programs will run with a minimum of 4 children and a maximum of 12. All children who complete the program will get a special “Junior Wolf Biologist” certificate. Pre-registration is required.

Time: 9AM - 3PM
Fee: $350 per child for the week-long program (Monday - Friday)

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For kids entering grades 3 - 5 ​
Time: 9AM - 3PM
Fee: $300 per child for the 4-day program (Tuesday - Friday)
Information & registration HERE!

Monday, January 1, 2018

New Year's Resolution

New Year's resolution? Growl less. Howl more. Unless growling is warranted...