Sunday, November 11, 2018

A Wild Salute

Atka_flag_logo_edit_smAs we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Saturday, November 10, 2018

One Wolf's Howl Ignites an Explosive Song

Just like us, each wolf has a unique voice so distinctive features of each individual's howl allow wolves to identify each other. And when every member of the pack joins the chorus, the singular howls and their harmonies give the listener the impression that the pack is larger than it actually is.

Alawa is often the goofiest howler in her family. Sometimes she doesn’t even get up to sing with her siblings.

Her howl is guaranteed to make you smile in this video!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Washington Officials to Kill Three Protected Wolf Families to Protect Cows

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Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) officials have ordered the killing of the last two remaining members of the Old Profanity Territory (OPT) family, the last three wolves of the Togo pack, and one or two wolves from the Smackout wolf family.

Why? To protect cows grazing on private and public lands.

Because the department is set to have three concurrent kill operations underway, Director Susewind has decided to issue the Togo Pack kill permit to the livestock owner “allowing him, his immediate family, or his employees to kill wolves if they are within his private fenced pasture where the livestock are located.”

Beyond being cruel and in violation of the desires of a majority of Americans, these kill orders are not working.

WDFW has been killing wolves to deter conflict since 2012 when the agency wiped out the entire Wedge pack, yet depredations on livestock continue.

WDFW knows that peer-reviewed research demonstrates that killing predators is not only an ineffective solution to deter depredation on cows, but it can even result in increased attacks on livestock by survivors.

Killing state-endangered wolves on to benefit the profit margins of a private business is wrong on every level.

Please contact WDFW Director Kelly Susewind before it’s too late and respectfully ask him to call off the kill order.

CALL 360-902-2200

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Conservation-Minded Child Names Critically Endangered Red Wolf

Maples have long signified strength and endurance, and now, thanks to Clare Dür, the autumnal tree will now share its name with a critically endangered red wolf pup. Clare, an elementary school student from New York, suggested the name “Maple” for red wolf pup m2234 because “every maple leaf is different and special just like red wolves.” Red wolves are some of the most endangered mammals in the world, with less than 24 remaining in the wild. And just like people, every red wolf is special and deserving of his or her own identity.

Meet red wolf pup Maple!
Meet red wolf pup Maple!

In an effort to raise awareness for red wolves, the Wolf Conservation Center hosted a Red Wolf Pup Naming Contest and received over 100 entries! Interested children in grades K - 8 were encouraged to draw a picture of m2234, pick their desired nickname, and explain why they chose that name. With so many wonderful entries, it was incredibly challenging to decide on one winner, but it was incredibly exciting to see so many children eager to show their support for red wolves.

Clare will receive a sponsorship kit for Maple (m2234) will be able to watch Maple and his family via the WCC’s live webcam. Tune in now for a glimpse of Maple!

Go Vote and Stand for Wolves!


Monday, November 5, 2018

Federal Judge Bans USFWS from Capturing and Killing Red Wolves

A VICTORY for red wolves! Judge finds USFWS's rollback of red wolf protections is a violation of the Endangered Species Act and bans USFWS from capturing and killing, and authorizing private landowners to capture and kill wild red wolves!

“For four years now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been dismantling one of the most successful predator reintroductions in U.S. history,” said Sierra Weaver, senior attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC).

“The service knows how to protect and recover the red wolf in the wild, but it stopped listening to its scientists and started listening to bureaucrats instead. The law doesn’t allow the agency to just walk away from species conservation, like it did here.”

The conservation groups involved in the litigation are the Red Wolf Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Animal Welfare Society, Inc. (AWI) represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center.


Sunday, November 4, 2018

When Wolves Get a Toy Snake

Today we gave the Ambassador wolves an "invincible" snake dog toy!

Of all the Ambassador wolves, Nikai is the one who really enjoys playing with toys. But he was too slow on his feet and his big brother Zephyr got to the snake first.

Apparently "indestructible" is not in Zephyr's vocabulary...

Eventually, patience pays off for Nikai, and after he marks what's left of the toy as his own, he doesn't have to worry about sharing anymore.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

To Be Happy Is To Howl!

Meet Nikai!

Beyond being beautiful, he's a powerful player in the fight to preserve wolves’ rightful place in the environment.

Learn about wolf behavior here

Thank you, Nikai, for opening minds, rewilding hearts, and raising awareness for the importance and plight of your wild kin.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Memories Matter - Preserving a Species Memories for Future Generations

Wildlife conservation isn’t just about raising the numbers on a population count. It’s also an act of cultural preservation.

When we prevent the killing of a wolf family, we’re not just saving lives, we're also saving the pack's memories and traditions.

If a family group is left unexploited (that is, not trapped, shot, poisoned or otherwise killed by humans) it will develop extraordinary traditions for hunting, pup-rearing, and social behaviors that are finely tuned to its precise environment and that are unique to that particular long-lived family group.

Memories matter for other species too.

"Bighorn sheep and moose learn to migrate from one another. When they die, that generational know-how is not easily replaced," reported Ed Yong of The Atlantic.

Thus preserving a species memories of traditions may require preserving routes and corridors over which animals like bighorn sheep can travel.


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Analysis: Public Overwhelmingly Opposes Feds’ Plan to Nearly Wipe Out Wild Red Wolves in North Carolina

For Immediate Release: November 1, 2018


Ron Sutherland, Wildlands Network, (919) 641-0060,
Maggie Howell, Wolf Conservation Center, (914) 763-2373,
Perrin de Jong, Center for Biological Diversity, (828) 595-1862,
Ben Prater, Defenders of Wildlife, (828) 412-0981,
Marjorie Fishman, Animal Welfare Institute, (202) 446-2128,

Analysis: Public Overwhelmingly Opposes Feds’ Plan to Nearly Wipe Out Wild Red Wolves in North Carolina

99.9 Percent of Submitted Comments Support Red Wolf Conservation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to remove protections from the nation’s only wild population of endangered red wolves has been met with near unanimous opposition from the public. Out of 108,124 comments submitted, 107,988 comments (99.9 percent) favored the need for strong federal protections for red wolves.

In June, the Service solicited public comments on its proposal for managing the red wolf, which has been reduced to a single wild population in eastern North Carolina consisting of as few as 30 individuals. The Service proposed to reduce the red wolf recovery area by more than 90 percent, with the revised recovery area only expected to provide sufficient space for 10 to 15 red wolves to safely roam. The proposal would eliminate protections for any red wolves that wander off Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and Dare County Bombing Range, effectively allowing anyone to kill red wolves on private lands, for any reason.

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s shameful hostility toward red wolves has been met with the strongest possible condemnation by the citizens of this country,” said Perrin de Jong, staff attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity in Asheville, North Carolina. “The verdict is in, and citizens from across this country, this state and the red wolf recovery area want the feds to do more, not less, to protect and recover this critically endangered species.”

"Many of us have long wondered why Americans of previous generations didn't rise up to save the ivory-billed woodpecker, the passenger pigeon, or the Carolina parakeet,” said Dr. Ron Sutherland, conservation scientist for Wildlands Network. “Well, here we are in 2018, and the American people have spoken with a strong and virtually unanimous voice that the red wolf must be saved from extinction and kept in the wild where the species belongs. Will Congress and the Service listen?"

"Once again, the American public has expressed overwhelming support for the red wolf. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must heed this call, recommit to proven management strategies and work to prevent the extinction of the world's most endangered canine," said Ben Prater, Southeast Program Director for Defenders of Wildlife.

“Every voice raised in support of wildlife can make a difference, and Americans overwhelmingly support the Red Wolf Recovery Program,” said Maggie Howell, Executive Director of the Wolf Conservation Center. “We’re counting on the Service to take notice and follow the best available science to ensure that the world’s most endangered wolves remain a living, breathing part of the landscape in eastern North Carolina.”

“Wildlife, including red wolves, are managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in trust for the American people,” noted DJ Schubert, Wildlife Biologist at the Animal Welfare Institute. “The people have now spoken loud and clear of their support for the protection and recovery of the red wolf in the wild and it is time the government starts to listen and comply with the public’s clear message.”

People living in the areas most directly affected by red wolves also expressed overwhelming support for their conservation. Out of 2,923 comments submitted by North Carolinians, 2,898 comments (99.1 percent) spoke out in favor of red wolf protection. From the current five-county recovery area in eastern North Carolina where the wolves live, 75 out of 95 comments submitted (78.9 percent) were also pro-wolf.

North Carolina’s governor also spoke out against the Service’s proposal and expressed support for red wolf recovery. “There is a viable path forward for North Carolina’s red wolves living in the wild, and I have directed relevant departments in my administration to work with USFWS to continue the recovery program and build upon its success to date,” said Governor Roy Cooper in a comment submitted to the Service on July 30.

Only 19 comments explicitly supported the agency’s plan to eliminate red wolf protections and shrink the recovery area. Thirty additional comments, with 13 of these coming from one real estate developer, expressed general opposition to red wolf recovery.

Volunteers from Wildlands Network, the Wolf Conservation Center, the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Animal Welfare Institute reviewed each of the thousands of comments submitted to produce this analysis. The exercise was motivated by the need to provide the most accurate accounting of public sentiment as the Service regularly dismisses comments received on petitions or those compiled by conservation organizations. For example, in 2017 during the initial scoping period for the current proposal, the agency reported only receiving 12,000 comments when approximately 55,000 were submitted, ignoring the vast majority of comments received in support of red wolves.


Wildlands Network envisions a world where nature is unbroken, and where humans co-exist in harmony with the land and its wild inhabitants. Our mission is to reconnect, restore, and rewild North America so life in all its diversity can thrive.

The Wolf Conservation Center is an environmental education organization committed to conserving wolf populations in North America through science-based education programming and participation in the federal Species Survival Plans for the critically endangered Mexican gray wolf and red wolf. Through wolves the WCC teaches the broader message of conservation, ecological balance, and personal responsibility for improved human stewardship of our world.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. With over 1.8 million members and activists, Defenders of Wildlife is a leading advocate for innovative solutions to safeguard our wildlife heritage for generations to come.

The Animal Welfare Institute ( is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1951 and dedicated to reducing animal suffering caused by people. AWI engages policymakers, scientists, industry, and the public to achieve better treatment of animals everywhere—in the laboratory, on the farm, in commerce, at home, and in the wild.

Additional Media Resources:
Journalists wishing to confirm these numbers should contact to receive copies of the comment files and analysis tables.
Wildlands Network has placed photos of wild and captive wolves in this Dropbox Folder.
Wildlands Network's videos of wild red wolves are available here.
The Wolf Conservation Center also has an extensive library of photos and videos of captive red wolves - contact Maggie Howell, (914) 763-2373,

After Killing Mom and Pup from Helicopter, Officials Still on the Hunt to Kill Entire Wolf Family

Officials from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) have yet to post an update re their efforts to kill the last remaining members of the Old Profanity Territory (OPT) wolf family.

WDFW issued the kill order for the father wolf and his 6-month-old pup on October 26, 2018,  a month after the agency's sharpshooters took to the air to shoot down the mother and a different pup.

Their crime? Preying on livestock that are grazing on public lands.

The agency is aware that peer-reviewed research demonstrates that killing predators is not only ineffective, but it can even result in increased attacks on livestock by survivors.

Killing wolves (state-endangered no less) to benefit the profit margins of a private business isn't "conservation".

Please contact WDFW Director Kelly Susewind and WA Governor Jay Inslee before it’s too late and respectfully ask them to call off the kill order.

WDFW: CALL 360-902-2200

Governor Inslee: CALL 360-902-4111