Month: January 2014

A Medical First to Enhance the Genetic Health of the Endagered Lobo

January 14, 2014

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 Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) too! This year the WCC is hosting four breeding pairs – two Mexican gray wolf pairs and two red wolf pairs. Although not every genetically…

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Congressman Moran Champions Endangered Species Act

January 10, 2014

The Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973 because Americans believed that protecting our wildlife was an obligation to future generations, our nation’s environmental health, our fellow creatures, and the heart of the American way of life. It included wildlife ranges and habitats irrespective of political boundaries because these habitats, which are vital to species…

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Idaho’s Wolf Extermination Plan Has Hackles Up

January 9, 2014

A coalition of conservationists, represented by the non-profit environmental law firm Earthjustice, filed a lawsuit on January 6, 2014 to save wolves from a gun-for-hire in one of our nation’s premiere wilderness areas.  The case challenges U.S. Forest Service’s approval of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s (IDFG) plan to exterminate two wolf packs…

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Scientists Allege that USFWS’s Nationwide Gray Wolf Delisting Proposal Violates Endangered Species Act

January 7, 2014

While federal agencies are responsible for the day-to-day enforcement and administration of federal laws, they are not charged with rewriting them! However, in a compelling academic critique of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s evolving enforcement of the Endangered Species Act, Sherry Enzler (University of Minnesota) and John Vucetich (Michigan Technological University) allege that the…

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Catty Wolves

January 3, 2014

During wolf breeding season, we are tasked with separating each pack’s non-breeding males and females.  In the wild, wolves naturally avoid breeding with pack members, an innate behavior that decreases the risk of adverse mutations.  For this reason, it’s common for young pack members to disperse from their natal pack in order to breed.  Winter…

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