Month: February 2014

Canis smoochus

February 28, 2014
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R.I.P. Mexican Wolf M795

February 26, 2014

Last week we said goodbye to a wolf we hardly knew. Critically endangered  Mexican gray wolf M795 grew very ill in a matter of months and on February 15th, Wolf Conservation Center veterinarians euthanized the 11-yr-old lobo in order to end his suffering. M795 was born in the wild,  but because federal agencies still don’t…

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Critically Endangered Wolves Make Valuable Contributions to Genetic Health of Rare Species

February 24, 2014

The Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) participates in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) and Recovery Plan for two critically endangered wolf species, the Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) and the red wolf (Canis rufus). The Mexican gray wolf and the red wolf are among the rarest mammals in North America; both species at one time…

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Wolf Conservation Center Extends Education to Mexico, Lobo to Follow

February 23, 2014

Oh the places Atka takes us! Road trips are not uncommon for the Wolf Conservation Center’s education crew. In 2013 the WCC traveled with Ambassador wolf Atka to over 130 schools, museums, libraries, and more allowing the WCC to extend its mission far beyond the Center’s gates in South Salem, NY. Sometimes, however, Atka is…

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Who Owns the Wildlife?

February 20, 2014

Guest Commentary by the late John W. Laundré, Cougar Biologist. Originally published in 2014 for the Mountain Lion Foundation. A cougar biologist takes a strong stand on the real value of wildlife. In this important opinion piece, John Laundré considers the public cost of wildlife mismanagement, and the consequences of bureaucratic decisions that fail to consider the…

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USFWS Grants Landowner Permit to Kill Critically Endangered Red Wolf

February 16, 2014

Landowners who own property in the vicinity of the Red Wolf Recovery Program, a 27-year federal project aimed at restoring to the far-eastern edge of North Carolina one of nature’s most fragile species, claim red wolves are invading their private property and impacting their longstanding cultural tradition of deer hunting.   Although the deer population has…

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Happy Valentines Day

February 14, 2014
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Idaho Aiming to Kill Wolves in the Wilderness….Again

February 12, 2014

“A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain. An area of wilderness is further defined to mean in this…

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Call on Secretary Jewell to Withdraw USFWS’s Delisting Proposal

February 10, 2014

USFWS Draft Rule “Regarding Status of the Wolf Under the Endangered Species Act” On June 7, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) officially announced its proposal to remove Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for the gray wolf (Canis lupus) in the contiguous United States.  Federal ESA protections would remain only for the small…

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Review Panel Determines Gray Wolf Delisting Plan Not Supported by Science

February 7, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) just released the Independent Peer review of its wolf delisting plan: “Regarding Status of the Wolf Under the Endangered Species Act. The peer review committee commissioned by the USFWS has concurred in determining that science does *not support* the plan. We now call on Secretary Jewell to immediately…

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