Month: March 2016

Red Wolf Panel at an Impasse

March 2, 2016

A panel organized by USFWS to help chart the future of the planet’s only wild population of red wolves is at an impasse prompting one member to resign. The 13-member team is having trouble agreeing on whether the recovery program should be continued or abandoned. Termination of this recovery effort in North Carolina would inevitably…

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Wolf Conservation Center Mourns Endangered Mexican Gray Wolf F613

March 2, 2016

Dear Friends, It is with a heavy heart that I share sad news about a special wolf. Mexican gray wolf F613, affectionately nicknamed “Mama Gray,” passed away today. She was 16 years old. Although F613 was never visible to Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) visitors (she resided off-exhibit during her nine years at the WCC) the…

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Mexican Wolf Romance Bodes Well for the Species

March 2, 2016

It’s an exciting time for wolves and the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) — it’s the season of romance! Hormones are racing and at least one courtship has already begun. Yesterday afternoon we witnessed via webcam Mexican gray wolves F1143 and M1059 engage in a copulatory tie! The Species Survival Plan (SSP) management groups for both…

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Wolf 101: All the News That’s Fit To Howl

March 1, 2016

Wolves are highly social animals that live in well-organized family units called packs. Cooperative living gives wolf families a number of benefits. It facilitates successful hunting, pup-rearing, defending pack territory, and more. Communication is key to successful group living and wolves communicate effectively in a number of ways. Although wolves use varied vocalizations to express…

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