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Month: June 2017

Western Governors’ Association Seeks to Dismantle ESA

June 30, 2017

With most of Washington focused on fights over presidential tweets, healthcare, and Russian meddling, lawmakers are taking controversial steps to weaken the Endangered Species Act. The Western Governors’ Association endorsed a policy resolution this week that aims to dismantle the Endangered Species Act to benefit their core constituencies: agriculture and energy. Association chairman Wyoming Gov.…

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Fed’s ‘Recovery’ Plan Puts Politics Before Science

June 29, 2017

Risks Recovery of Highly Endangered Mexican Gray Wolves Tucson, Ariz. – Despite the recommendations of scientists, the draft recovery plan for the lobo or Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) released today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service unnaturally limits the population size and range of this subspecies in the Southwest. Exclusion of millions…

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Chronic Wasting Disease More Dangerous Than Originally Thought?

June 27, 2017

Beyond wolves, perhaps no issue is as controversial in the hunting community right now as chronic wasting disease (CWD), a degenerative neurological illness that is similar to mad cow disease, among elk, deer and moose. With a new study suggesting humans may now be susceptible to chronic wasting disease from deer, isn’t it time for…

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Are We Experiencing the Sixth Mass Extinction?

June 26, 2017

Recent scientific analyses found that one in six species will be lost forever if world leaders fail to act on climate change – and human activity is causing extinctions of unprecedented scale. We have entered Earth’s sixth mass extinction event. Even using the most conservative estimates, the rate of extinction during the 20th century was…

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Shh…. Sunday in Progress

June 25, 2017

 Life as a one month old Mexican wolf pup is exhausting! Running. Jumping. Exploring. Wrestling.Wiggling. A little one on one time with Mom is the perfect remedy. Learn more about the significance of this critically endangered family here.

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One Month old Mexican Wolf Pups Wrestle

June 23, 2017

For wolves, playtime isn’t only fun, it strengthens family bonds and reaffirms social status within the pack.

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Department of Justice’s McKittrick Policy Ruled Unlawful

June 22, 2017

Late yesterday, a federal judge threw out the Department of Justice’s flawed ‘McKittrick Policy’ – a policy that prohibits prosecuting individuals who kill endangered wildlife unless it can be PROVED they knew they were targeting a protected animal. The policy provides a loophole that has prevented criminal prosecution of dozens of individuals who killed grizzly…

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We Are Grizzly Bears, Not Trophies

June 21, 2017

They are not trophies. Last week, Wolf Conservation Center staff and supporters encountered this beautiful grizzly bear mother and cub in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest. Once roaming widely across North America, B.C. is one of the last refuges of the grizzly bear. However, the future for this mother and cub remains uncertain. Although they’re…

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Red Wolf Peek-a-boo!

June 20, 2017

Enter the secret lives of red wolves via the Wolf Conservation Center red wolf webcam! Tune in! The red wolf (Canis rufus) is the only wolf species found completely within the United States. Once common throughout the southeastern United States, red wolf populations were decimated by the 1960s due to intensive predator control programs and…

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4 Week Old Mexican Wolf Pup Cuddles With Mom

June 19, 2017

This is what love looks like. Beyond being adorable, this critically endangered wolf pup represents the Wolf Conservation Center’s active participation in an effort to save a species from extinction. The Mexican gray wolf or “lobo” is the most genetically distinct lineage of wolves in the Western Hemisphere, and one of the most endangered mammals…

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