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Researchers working on the Wolves and Moose of Isle Royale project found tracks of two wolves frozen in the slush of Lake Eva. They had spent time during a two-day thaw nosing around an active beaver pond.

For over 50 years the researchers working on the Wolf-Moose Project have been observing and learning about the predator and prey dynamics between wolves and moose on Isle Royale National Park. Sadly, wolves have shown a 90% decline since 2009. For decades the wolf population kept itself healthy by occasional immigrants from the mainland. But with warming temperatures the frequency of ice bridge formation has dropped dramatically.

As of last fall only 3 wolves remained.

Experts say those animals are inbred and weak and without intervention, the island’s native population wolf may go extinct. So while it is reassuring that at least 2 wolves are still roaming the island, scientists leading the project insist that importing wolves from the mainland is the population’s only chance of recovery.

Learn more about the Wolf-Moose Project of Isle Royale at http://www.isleroyalewolf.org/

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U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced an amendment to the Senate Energy Bill (S. 2012) which, if passed and signed into law, would remove federal protections for the critically endangered Mexican gray wolf - a species already on the brink of extinction.

Sen. Flake’s amendment would direct U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to determine whether there are at least 100 wild wolves remaining in the recovery area, and if so, Mexican gray wolves will lose endangered species act protections permanently.

Please urge your senators to oppose any legislation that takes aim at critically endangered wildlife!

This is urgent, and we appreciate your consideration.

Please take action today.

The Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) or “lobo” is the most genetically distinct lineage of gray 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. In 2015 there was a single wild population comprising only 110 individuals and USFWS will announce results of the current population survey any day now.

As a participant in the federal Species Survival Plan (SSP) for the Mexican gray wolf, the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) plays a critical role in preserving and protecting the imperiled species through carefully managed breeding and reintroduction. To date, the WCC remains one of the largest holding facilities for the rare species and four wolves from the Center have been given the extraordinary opportunity to resume their rightful place on the wild landscape.

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If a wolf eats the groundhog, do we get an early spring?

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