Month: May 2013

Mission Snapper: Wolf Conservation Center Interns Come to the Rescue

May 30, 2013

While chilling in his pond, Atka discovered a new roommate – a snapping turtle! Atka howled for help! WCC interns Mike and Chris, heard Atka’s howl and alerted WCC’s Maggie that help was needed. The snapping turtle was inside Atka’s enclosure (whicj happened to be guarded by a tree frog gate keeper), so before retrieving…

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Congressman Smith Reintroduces the Rural Economic Vitalization Act

May 29, 2013

Representative Adam Smith (D-WA) reintroduced the Rural Economic Vitalization Act (REVA) – legislation that would address the wasteful, environmentally damaging, and economically inefficient federal grazing policy on our public lands (Official press Release from the Congressman’s Office below). If you agree that this bill allows ranchers, environmentalists, and taxpayers to finally take some common sense…

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

May 29, 2013

“Peace begins with a smile.” ~Mother Teresa

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Happy Memorial Day

May 27, 2013
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Mission Wild -Stories of Lobo Recovery from the Field

May 24, 2013

Enormous thanks to Wolf Conservation Center friend and supporter, Melissa Ruszczyk, for sharing her experience working on lobo recovery in the field. Mission Wildby Melissa Ruszczyk. As a past U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) intern for the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program, I enjoy keeping up with the events and status of the program…

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Proposed Nationwide Delisting of Wolves in Lower 48 is Delayed Indefinitely

May 21, 2013

Last year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) released a five year review for the wolf that recommended stripping Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections from gray wolves across the lower 48 states excluding the range of the Mexican gray wolf in Arizona and New Mexico. At the start of 2013, the agency indicated that…

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It’s National Endangered Species Day!

May 17, 2013

National Endangered Species Day is a day to remind us of the significance of protecting endangered species and the wild habitat they require. For Atka, everyday is Endangered Species Day! He helps people young and old grasp the importance of safeguarding the future of wolves in North America for generations to come. While Atka’s future…

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Happy Howls for the Birthday Wolf!

May 17, 2013

Today Atka turns 11 years old! It’s hard to believe our Ambassador pup is all grown up. Seems like it was just yesterday when hundreds of people traveled to the Wolf Conservation Center’s Pup Fair to celebrate arrival of the stunning fellow. But think of all the people he has touched since his puppy-hood in…

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Mexican Gray Wolf Pups Arrive at New Home Safely

May 10, 2013

Sometime on Wednesday afternoon, Mexican gray wolf F749 crawled into her homemade den and quietly gave birth to two male pups while her mate, M804,  patiently waited right outside. Unfortunately, this birthday is bittersweet. Due to the mother’s poor record of keeping her vulnerable and valuable pups alive (F749 has lost several litters in her…

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Illegal Baiting Suspected in Killing of Collared Yellowstone Wolf

May 8, 2013

Gardiner-area landowner Bill Hoppe shot collared Yellowstone wolf 831F of the Canyon Pack over the weekend after losing more than a dozen sheep to wolves in late April. Yellowstone Park wolf biologist Doug Smith said the tracks at the scene indicated that park wolves were not responsible for the sheep killed.  Although this killing appears…

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