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Month: July 2019

Wolf Crashes Vulture “Committee” Meeting

July 31, 2019

A group of vultures is called a committee. A vulture who grows too comfortable around wolf is called “dinner.” Lucky for these black vultures, Nikai had already eaten. Although the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) is only an hour away from New York City, more wildlife calls the WCC campus home than a person might expect.…

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Washington State Wildlife Officials Reauthorize Wolf Kill Order to Protect Cows

July 31, 2019

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Director Kelly Susewind has reauthorized WDFW staff to lethally remove wolves from the Old Profanity Territory (OPT) pack in response to depredation of cattle on federal grazing lands in the Kettle River range of Ferry County. On July 13, in an attempt to stop depredations on cattle grazing on…

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Wolf Pack Mates Make Peace, Dogs Hold a Grudge

July 30, 2019

Wolves are highly social animals that live in structured family units called packs. A pack is simply a family, with parents at the lead (sometimes referred to as the breeding pair or alpha pair) and offspring of varying ages. Sometimes unrelated wolves will join a family too. Cooperative living gives wolf families a number of…

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Youth Activist Encourages Children to “Spell” for Wolves

July 27, 2019

Meet Anagha, a wolf superhero – and a super speller! Anagha, a 9 year old student, has always liked wolves and recently learned about the challenges they face in the wild. She hoped that if more people, especially her classmates, liked wolves they could have a better future, so she decided to organize a spelling…

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WCC Mourns Endangered Red Wolf M1804

July 26, 2019

Dear Friends, It is with a heavy heart that I share tragic news about a beloved patriarch. Red wolf M1804, affectionately nicknamed Thicket, passed away earlier this year. He was nine years old. Thicket joined the Wolf Conservation Center family in 2010 when he was born to parents F1397 and M1483. He and his brother M1803 (“Moose”)…

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Wolf Conservation Center Founder Hélène Grimaud: Fierce and Fascinating!

July 25, 2019

The Wolf Conservation Center was founded by Helene Grimaud, a classical pianist and dedicated environmentalist and wolf advocate. Through her continued work with the WCC, Hélène has influenced a global audience of individuals and has helped people realize that rather than fearing wolves, we should work to learn about and protect them. Please join the WCC family (including…

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Chronic Wasting Disease Detected Among Wild Deer, Elk, and Moose in 24 States

July 22, 2019

Wolves are Vital to Maintaining the Health and Vigor of Prey Populations Wolves are coursing predators, and when on the hunt, they seek to feed upon the most vulnerable individuals, such as weak, sick, or old members of the herd. To determine whom in the herd is easiest to pursue, wolves rely on their senses…

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Who’s the Boss?

July 22, 2019

To maintain order, wolves will rely on their posture, tail position, facial expression and ear position to articulate their status and role within the family. Wolves will also use body language to communicate intentions or to initiate some fun. The less dominant family members (usually the offspring in the family) exhibit their position through submissive…

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Can you say, “wolfy paddle”?

July 20, 2019

Wolves are very comfortable in the water; with webbing between their toes they make for strong swimmers. Unlike their interior cousins, unique coastal wolves of Vancouver Island live with two paws in the ocean and two paws on land! These wolves have been known to swim far distances in search of food, territory, and mates.…

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WA State Officials Kill Wolf from OPT Pack to Protect Cattle on Public Lands

July 17, 2019

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has confirmed they killed a radio-collared adult male member of the Old Profanity Territory (OPT) wolffamily. The kill order was issued following livestock depredations on public lands. One of the oldest and most primitive responses to conflict with livestock is to kill the predators. Peer-reviewed research demonstrates that killing predators is not…

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