The Wolf Conservation Center’s critically endangered red wolf pups have turned 5 weeks old!

This is a significant milestone for the adorable six-pack. With their eyes wide open now, the kiddos are able to wander out of the den while staying near the den entrance and their menu has expanded to include small pieces of meat regurgitated by their parents and older siblings. Things are getting pretty hectic in their den. Their high-pitched howls are gaining strength and dominance and play romping has commenced!

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

Learn more about the significance of this litter.

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The National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) is the world’s premier system of public lands set aside for the protection of wildlife, fish, and plants.

Refuges are intended to be safe havens for wildlife.

Despite this, on May 21, 2018, the federal government announced its proposal to reverse federal restrictions that protect bears, coyotes, and wolves on some national refuge land in Alaska.

Under the proposed new rules, trophy hunters will be allowed to:

  •  Kill predators using bait, traps, and snares.
  • Hunt black bears with dogs.
  • Use spotlights to shoot mother bears and cubs hibernating in their dens.
  •  Kill wolves – including pups – during their denning season.

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

Beyond this being an assault on wildlife, this proposal is a blow to the millions of Americans who treasure our shared public lands.

It is a choice between protecting iconic predators on our federal lands and declaring an open season on them. Which legacy should we leave your children?

Please help. Oppose the new draft rules by submitting comments here by July 23, 2018

 

 

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For 44 years, Yellowstone’s grizzly bears were a federally protected endangered species.

This fall, up to 22 will die at the hands of trophy hunters.

Today, less than a month after 73 scientists wrote a letter in opposition to the proposed hunting season, Wyoming approved its first hunt of grizzly bears in over four decades. The hunt will be the biggest in the lower 48 states since the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed protections for grizzlies in the Yellowstone region less than a year ago.

Many from the scientific community urged Wyoming Governor Matt Mead to halt the proposed grizzly bear hunt and convene a panel of experts to review data on the area’s grizzly bear populations. The letter, sent on April 25th, cites several concerns regarding Wyoming’s upcoming grizzly bear hunt; changing food sources and incidental grizzly mortalities, affecting the estimated population size, were among the listed concerns.

The grizzly bear trophy hunt season will begin in the fall and target 22 bears.

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