Month: December 2018

Five Endangered Mexican Gray Wolves Found Dead Last Month in New Mexico

December 12, 2018

Wildlife officials announced in their Mexican Wolf Recovery Program Monthly Update that five critically endangered Mexican gray wolves were found dead in November, bringing the total of documented wolf mortalities so far this year to 17. The deceased wolves, all located in New Mexico, include AM1447 of the Frieborn Pack, fp1826 of the Prieto Pack,…

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Red Wolf Ancestry Re-discovered Along the American Gulf Coast

December 11, 2018

Rediscovering species once thought to be extinct or on the edge of extinction is rare. Red wolves have been extinct along the American Gulf Coast since 1980, with their last populations found in coastal Louisiana and Texas. In a paper published yesterday, researchers report the rediscovery of red wolf ghost alleles in a canid population…

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Aldo Leopold’s Epic Question

December 9, 2018

“Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher ‘standard of living’ is worth its cost in things natural, wild and free.” ~Aldo Leopold, Foreword to A Sand County Almanac (1949) Do the needs of big industry…

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How many wild wolves remain throughout the United States?

December 8, 2018

By the 1960s, government-sponsored extermination had wiped out nearly all wolves in the Lower 48 states. Only a small population of gray wolves remained in extreme northeastern Minnesota and on Isle Royale. The last handful of wild red wolves remained in the U.S. southeast. After passage of the federal Endangered Species Act in 1973 and…

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The Best Sunsets Include Wolves

December 7, 2018
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High Beaver Numbers in Voyageurs National Park Benefit Fragile Moose Population

December 6, 2018

The abundance of beaver in Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota may be taking some of the predator pressure off of the park’s moose herd. Research has revealed that that many wolves in the park choose to hunt and eat beaver instead of moose and deer. As a result, the park’s moose numbers have remained…

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Wolves: Vital. Not Villainous.

December 4, 2018

Critically endangered Mexican gray wolves can help the bring back the balance in the American Southwest. . Beyond being beautiful, wolves are critical keystone species. By regulating prey populations, wolves enable many other species of plants and animals to flourish. Without predators, such as wolves, an ecosystem fails to support a natural level of biodiversity…

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Fate of Wolves To Be Decided By Politicians by December 21

December 4, 2018

Republican and Democratic leaders on Monday agreed to a two-week stopgap spending measure through Dec. 21, a move that pushes Friday’s deadline for funding the remaining seven unfinished spending bills (and a possible partial government shutdown) to within a few days of Christmas. Among the seven bills remaining on the table is the 2019 Interior/EPA…

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December 3, 2018

Conservation Community Supports Penalty for Violating Federal Law  ALBUQUERQUE, NM– Last week, the Gila National Forest served rancher Craig Thiessen notice of a decision to cancel the grazing permit for the Canyon del Buey allotment near Reserve, New Mexico. Thiessen had pleaded guilty to intentionally trapping and bludgeoning a Mexican wolf with a shovel on…

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Happy Hanukkah!

December 2, 2018

Chag Sameach from the Wolf Conservation Center family to yours!

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