Month: February 2020

Take a Leap for Wolves!

February 29, 2020

Happy Leap Day 2020! This year, wolves can run, dance, and leap into your heart for an extra 24 hours! It also means you get a whole extra day to join us in our mission to protect and preserve wolves! Sign up today to receive our newsletters and email updates! Sign up!

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The Little-Known Life of Mexican Gray Wolf Lighthawk

February 27, 2020

At first glance, Mexican gray wolf Lighthawk (M1564) seems like every other wolf residing in the Wolf Conservation Center’s Endangered Species facility: elusive, endangered, essential. But the shy male has experienced something only very few lobos have – the wild. Born around April 15th, 2015, M1564 spent most of his young life roaming the vast…

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Preferred Prey Sources of Wolves

February 22, 2020

Wolves tend to kill mostly young, old, and debilitated animals, with most healthy ungulates (elk, moose, deer, bison, etc.) escaping their attacks. By comparing the traits of wolf kills to those of animals killed for other reasons (e.g., hunters, vehicle collisions), researchers have shown that wolves primarily kill weaker animals, which comprise a small fraction…

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Three Endangered Mexican Gray Wolves Found Dead in Arizona

February 20, 2020

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) announced in the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program Monthly Update that three endangered Mexican gray wolves were found dead in Arizona in January. The incidents are under investigation. The three wolves, all female, were valuable members of the overall wild population of lobos. One of the females, given an…

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Himalayan Wolf, Unique Species Adapted to Life on World’s Tallest Mountain Range

February 19, 2020

The Himalayan wolf is an evolutionarily unique species adapted to life in the high-altitude habitats of the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau in Asia. Considered an older species than contemporary subspecies of gray wolf in North America and Eurasia, the Himalayan wolf has been largely overlooked by science and conservation until very recently. In 2014, researchers…

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Washington State Officials Consider Killing Contest Ban

February 16, 2020

Washington state wildlife managers are considering eliminating hunting competitions, particularly of coyotes, citing ethical and social concerns. The Washington Fish and Wildlife commission, a citizen group appointed by the governor, took the first steps necessary to change the relevant laws at their February meeting. Read More The best available science shows coexisting with predator animals…

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Wildly Romantic Wolves Symbolize Love and Loyalty

February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine’s Day! Like most humans, wolves form monogamous breeding pairs and remain together for the duration of their adult life. As a team, the pair will maintain a territory, search for prey, and, above all, remain loyal to one another and their family unit. It seems only natural that wolves should symbolize strong, loving…

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There’s Still Time to Sponsor a Love Connection for a Wildly Romantic Valentine’s Gift

February 13, 2020

Love is rare. So are wolves.  Looking for a unique way to say “I love you” to that special person? Hoping to find a gift that represents how they bring out your animalistic side? Sponsor one of our critically endangered mating pairs for just $15 for a wildly romantic present! The WCC is fortunate to have three…

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Mexican Gray Wolf Pups: Wet, Wild, and Wonderfully Adorable!

February 10, 2020

Two month old wolf pups don’t stand a chance against downpours – luckily the pups now have built-in rain gear! The lobo pups are now ten months old and much larger, with outer coats made of protective guard hairs. These coarse guard hairs determine a wolf’s appearance/color and work like a raincoat, protecting a wolf…

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Last Chance to Protect Idaho Wolves from Increased Hunting and Trapping

February 9, 2020

In January, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission (IDFG) announced a proposal to extend the season for wolf hunting and trapping across the state on public and private land. The IDFG offered a total of seven hunting proposals and two trapping proposals. In general, the proposals aim to extend all hunting and trapping opportunities, including to: Extend…

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