Month: December 2011

Tragedy in the Southwest

December 16, 2011

Mexican wolf M805 On December 14, wild Mexican gray wolf F1105 was shot dead on private land in New Mexico at the direction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The lone 4-yr-old female was unable to find a mate in the wild and thus was reportedly attracted to local dogs. Lobos of the Southwest…

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Hysteria About Wolves Built On Exaggeration

December 15, 2011

Photo: Roni Chastain from WCC Photo Session Program December 2011 An excellent opinion piece was printed in The Missoulian earlier this week about the high emotions that wolves and their management provoke in the West. Kudos to Marty Essen, author of the award-winning book: “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” for expressing his…

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Preparing for Wolf Breeding Season: Girls to the Left, Boys to the Right

December 14, 2011

Breeding season is an exciting time at the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC), especially since we have four potential litters to celebrate on the horizon! Preparing for breeding season, however, can be a lot of work. This time of year WCC staff and volunteers venture to the vast enclosures within our endangered species facility to harass…

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Saving a Species: Challenges of Match-Making in the Red Wolf Recovery Program

December 13, 2011

The elusive red wolf F1291 During the summer, the Species Survival Plan (SSP) management group for the red wolf determined the program’s breeding pairs for the 2012 season. Wolves are “mono-estrus” — breeding only once a year during the winter months. Hence, winter is an exciting time for wolves in North America and the WCC…

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National WolfWatcher Coalition Giving You a Last Chance to Speak Up for WY Wolves

December 12, 2011

As we began 2011, wolves of the Northern Rockies were listed as endangered. Just a few months later everything changed for this special population of predators. During the spring, Congress passed a 2011 budget rider (Sec. 1713) that removed Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections from wolves in Idaho, Montana, eastern Washington, eastern Oregon and northern…

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WildEarth Guardians Working to Protect The ESA

December 9, 2011

Watch WildEarth Guardians‘ Jay Tutchton testify before Congress in defense of our nation’s cornerstone environmental law: the Endangered Species Act.

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Controversial Topics To Be Discussed At Today’s MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks Public Meeting

December 8, 2011

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is holding a public meeting today starting at noon (EST). Among the topics on the agenda will be whether or not to extend the wolf hunting season by a month if the quota of 220 isn’t met by the end of the year and whether to allow hunters to…

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Atka, Your Roots Are Showing!

December 7, 2011

For many of us, rainy days can be bad “hair days.” Although Wolf Conservation Center Ambassador Wolf Atka need not fret about his looks, rainy weather can take its toll on a wolf tresses as well.  Wet days often reveal that Atka is not the color he usually appears to be. This natural beauty’s coat…

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Wolf Conservation Center’s Project: Poetry

December 6, 2011

The wolf is a charismatic beast and had been the subject of song and verse for eons.   Earlier this year, the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) teamed up with Mamaroneck Poet Laureate Mary Louise Cox to capture and present the impact that the WCC wolves have on young children visiting the Center with their schools.…

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Some Young Conservationists Are At It Again!

December 3, 2011

The Woodmere Middle Schoolers are at it again! WMS Team 7A has been working hard on their research project on Endangered Species. The group of dedicated middle schoolers are investigating the importance of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), they’re researching specific endangered or threatened mammals and the causes of their endangerment, and they are drawing…

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