Month: July 2017

Mexican Gray Wolf Pups Featured on Scientific American

July 20, 2017

Thank you Scientific American for joining the first wolf pup checkup for the three critically endangered Mexican gray wolf pups born on May Beyond being adorable, these pups represent the Wolf Conservation Center‘s active participation in an effort to save a species on the brink of extinction. The Mexican gray wolf or “lobo” is the…

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Congress Demands Genetic Tests to Delist Endangered Mexican Wolves

July 19, 2017

Biologists processing a wolf pup, including drawing blood for DNA analysis and affixing a tracking collar. (Photo: Arizona Game and Fish Department) In an Effort to Strip the Critically Endangered Mexican Gray Wolf of Protections, Congress Now Wants Genetic Tests Proposed spending plan for the U.S. Interior Department calls for a study to determine whether…

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From Wolf to Wiener Dog? When Did it All Begin?

July 18, 2017

The long-debated question of where dogs first appeared has always been complex. Wolves are the ancestors of dogs, but for years researchers have been unable to agree on when the canines were first domesticated. In a new study, a palaeogeneticist finds your dog’s ancestor came from wolves 40,000 yrs ago. In the paper, titled “Ancient…

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Mexican Wolf Pups Get Clean Bill Of Health at First Vet Visit

July 17, 2017

On May 22, Mexican gray wolf F1226 (affectionately nicknamed Belle) made a priceless contribution to the recovery of her rare and at-risk species, she gave birth to three pups! The Wolf Conservation Center is one of 55 facilities in the U.S. and Mexico participating in the Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan(SSP)– a bi-national initiative whose…

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Closer Look Reveals States Don’t Support Recovery of the Mexican Gray Wolf

July 16, 2017

For Immediate Release, July 16th 2017Contacts: Maggie Howell, (914) 763-2373, [email protected] Parsons, (505) 908-0468, [email protected] Closer Look Reveals States Don’t Support Recovery of the Mexican Gray Wolf  Despite Their Central Role in the Recovery Planning Process Albuquerque, NM – On June 29th the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) released its draft recovery plan for…

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For Wolves, Playtime Strengthens Family Bonds

July 15, 2017

This is what brotherhood looks like. Not only do wolves use body language to convey the rules of the family (a.k.a. pack) and communicate intentions, they also use it to initiate fun! When seeking to play, wolves will dance and bow playfully. Playtime can also include a game of chase, jaw sparring, and varied vocalizations.…

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Letter Urges Release of Endangered Mexican Gray Wolves Into Wild

July 14, 2017

Thirty-one conservation and wolf-protection organizations, including the Wolf Conservation Center, sent a letter today urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to expeditiously release endangered Mexican gray wolves to the wild. Adding new wolves from captivity to the struggling wild population is vital to diversifying the gene pool of the 113 closely related wolves in…

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The lobos are ready and the wild is calling!

July 13, 2017

These critically endangered Mexican gray wolves represent one of the two potential lobo families chosen for release into the Gila National Forest as per the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2017 Initial Release and Translocation Plan, p. 3. Here’s hoping we receive an update from USFWS re: when these lobos will receive the call of…

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Study Finds Red Wolves Have Lost 99% of Natural Range

July 12, 2017

New research published today in Royal Society Open Science quantifies range contractions of 25 large carnivore species. The analysis reveals that the carnivores that have experienced the greatest range contractions include the red wolf (greater than 99%), Ethiopian wolf (99%), tiger (95%) and lion (94%). Large carnivores are among the world’s most threatened species. They…

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New Legislative Attack on America’s Gray Wolves

July 11, 2017

Today members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies released a new funding bill that includes riders which would: 1) Make wolves fair game for trophy hunting and trapping again in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. In addition to permanently removing federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for gray wolves in the…

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