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Month: February 2013

Wolves of the Lower 48 Slated to Lose Endangered Species Act Protections

February 27, 2013

Last year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) released a five year review for the wolf that recommends stripping Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections from gray wolves across the lower 48 states. The agency recently indicated that it will move forward with this action as soon as this next month.   Will History Repeat…

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Remembering Ambassador Wolf Kaila

February 21, 2013

Kaila R.I.P. (May 1, 1995 – February 21, 2011) Two years ago today we said goodbye to the WCC’s quiet queen. Kaila pioneered our education program as the WCC’s first wolf and witnessed our organization flourish. We miss her deeply.

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Project Citizen Science Lets Yellowstone Visitors Aid Wolf Research

February 20, 2013

The next time you visit Yellowstone and take a great wolf photo, you could also be helping researchers as they monitor everything from infectious diseases to breeding habits among the elusive animals. Penn State University graduate student Emily Almberg set up a Kickstarter campaign to raise $7,000 for a website that will solicit, organize and…

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Red Wolf Courtship (?)

February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Best of luck wooing your mate. Red wolf M1483 needed some help with his timing back in February of 2010… Enjoy! Video: WCC’s Josh Lewis

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Love:Wolfy-Style

February 13, 2013

  It’s an exciting time for wolves and the Wolf Conservation Center– it’s the season of romance! Hormones are racing and hopefully several courtships have already begun. We’re keeping our eye on the WCC’s three breeding pairs in hope that we’ll see some of the following promising behaviors: • nuzzling• “prancing”• wrestling• parallel walking• mounting•…

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Atka at the GRAMMYs

February 10, 2013

 Atka rocks out with some of his favorite artists Billy Idol Gene Simmons Tony Bennett Adele Willow Smith (I Whip My Hair)

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Mexican Wolves Make Sizable Investment

February 7, 2013

Mexican gray wolf F613 Winter is here and it’s an exciting time for wolves and the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC)! Wolves are “mono-estrus” — breeding only once a year during the winter months. In addition to being a time for wolf romance, winter also provides facilities participating in the Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan (MWSSP)…

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Wild Mexican Wolf Numbers Increase to 75

February 6, 2013

U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) delivered some encouraging news on the lobo front! During its annual year-end surveys, the Mexican wolf Interagency Field Team counted at least 75 Mexican wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico at the end of 2012. This number demonstrates a significant increase in the known population in…

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Runaway Groom? Mexican Wolf’s Wild Life Short-Lived

February 5, 2013

AZGFD photo Last month we celebrated the first new Mexican wolf release in over 1500 days. Now we’re counting his days in captivity before he gets a second chance — 7 days. M1133 was born in captivity in 2008 and lived at New Mexico’s Sevilleta Wolf Management Facility since his puppyhood. Like most of the…

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Atka Reacts to Predictions from Punxsutawney

February 2, 2013

 “That rodent predicts an early Spring? I’m swimming to Greenland.”

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