Month: November 2017

A Wild Salute to Our Veterans

November 10, 2017

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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Volunteers With Wings Making A Difference for Lobos

November 9, 2017

Winter is an exciting season for wolves and the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC); it’s the season of romance! Wolves are “mono-estrus” — breeding only once a year during the winter months. The Species Survival Plan (SSP) management group for the Mexican gray wolf determines which wolves should breed each year by using software developed for…

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Killing 1000 Wolves is Not Conservation

November 8, 2017

In Canada, long-outdated policies continue to allow the use of reckless and violent poisons to kill wolves… and wolves aren’t the only ones suffering. A minimum of 2,130 animals have been killed under the guise of conserving a herd of roughly 80 caribou in a landscape that is now 96% disturbed by oil, gas and…

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The Strength of the Wolf is Teamwork

November 7, 2017

In a widely used behavioral experiment that requires teamwork, wolves showed up their domesticated cousins. The study led at the Wolf Science Centre in Ernstbrunn, Austria calls into question a long-held assumption that domestication fosters more cooperative individuals. To determine who the better team-player is, researchers put food on a tray attached to two ropes…

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Happy Howls on Your Birthday, Hélène Grimaud!

November 7, 2017

In addition to being one of the most celebrated internationally acclaimed classical pianists of our time, Hélène Grimaud is a highly committed conservationist and the founder of the Wolf Conservation Center! On her special day, we thank her for her voice as a global advocate for wolves. In Hélène’s words, wolves are not only essential…

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Questions Surrounding Alleged Self-Defense Wolf Killing

November 6, 2017

On October 27, an elk hunter in Oregon reported that he shot and killed a protected wolf in self-defense. However, emerging details reveal the hunter’s story and the forensic evidence don’t match. Carter Niemeyer, a retired USFWS biologist with 30 years experience overseeing and/or consulting on wolf recovery work throughout the West, doubt’s the hunter’s…

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For Wolves, Happiness is Finding Something Stinky

November 5, 2017

When a wolf encounters a new (usually yucky) scent, rolling often ensues. A wolf might begin by lowering his/her head and shoulders, then rub to coat the rest of his/her body and fur with the scent. Scientists have several theories re: why wolves “scent-roll.” One theory is that the wolves want to familiarize themselves and…

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Atka Endorses Mexican Wolf Esperanza for Arizona Game and Fish Commission

November 3, 2017

SPRINGERVILLE, AZ— An application to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey for a seat on the Arizona Game and Fish Commission was submitted today on behalf of the alpha female of the Panther Creek Pack of Mexican gray wolves. Named “Esperanza” (“hope” in Spanish) by school children when she was a pup, the applicant is a lifelong…

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Should “History” Count as an Adequate Reason to Kill a Wolf?

November 2, 2017

Although only 231 rare Alexander Archipelago wolves remain on Prince of Wales Island, Southeast Alaska’s subsistence advisory panel aims to kill 69, and on federal lands no less. The panel recommends increasing the subsistence quota by 30% claiming, “Trapping of wolves has been an historic opportunity for rural residents on Price of Wales Island… There’s…

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Ambassador “Wolf” William Leaves his Mark on Halloween

November 1, 2017

In early October, the Wolf Conservation Center received an email about William, a young boy who was very upset when he dressed up as a wolf for Halloween the previous year and everyone was calling him the big bad wolf. Eager to teach others about how essential wolves are, his mother asked us for a…

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