Month: March 2021

Wild Anniversary for Mexican Gray Wolves

March 29, 2021

23 years ago today, 11 captive-reared Mexican gray wolves (“lobos”) were released to the wild for the first time in Arizona and New Mexico. Missing from the landscape for more than 30 years, the howl of the rarest and most unique subspecies of gray wolf was once again greeted by the mountains of the southwest.…

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What to Expect During Coyote Pup Season

March 22, 2021

With the onset of spring comes many new and exciting developments for the wild world. Flowers bloom, birds return, offspring are born … Yet alongside new growth reemerges age-old anecdotes and misunderstandings about so many wild species. Saddled with the unfortunate brunt of the rumors is North America’s most persecuted species: the coyote. Spring is…

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Mischievous Wolf Deliberately Sits On Sister’s Head

March 21, 2021

No matter the species, one thing is universal: siblings enjoy annoying the heck out of one another!  Beyond purposefully annoying one another, these Mexican gray wolf sisters represent the Wolf Conservation Center’s participation in the active effort to to save their species from extinction. The Mexican gray wolf or “lobo” is the most genetically distinct lineage…

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Death of Five Protected Oregon Wolves Under Investigation

March 20, 2021

Oregon State Police officers discovered five dead wolves in Oregon’s Union County last month – the cause of death is unknown. On February 9, a wolf’s GPS collar indicated a mortality signal, Oregon State Police said in an email yesterday when asked about it by The Associated Press. Arriving officers found a total of five wolves…

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USDA’s Wildlife Services Killed 386 Wolves in 2020 to Benefit Livestock Industry

March 18, 2021

Wildlife Services – formerly called “Animal Damage Control” – is a federal agency that shoots, traps, and poisons wild animals en masse at the behest of state governments, agricultural interests, and more. According to the agency’s website, Wildlife Services “to improve the coexistence of people and wildlife” and “strives to develop and use wildlife damage…

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Endangered Mexican Gray Wolf Found Dead in Arizona

March 17, 2021

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and its partners are offering a reward of up to $37,000 for information regarding the suspicious death of an endangered Mexican gray wolf near Eagar, Arizona. Federal law enforcement officers found the dead wolf near the Saffel Canyon Road (RTE 76) in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest on February…

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Baby Boom Boosts Wild Mexican Wolf Population to 186

March 12, 2021

Record Number of Pups, Wild Packs Results in All-Time High Population in 2020 In its annual survey released today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) reports that 186 wild Mexican gray wolves were counted in the U.S. in 2020 – a 14% increase since last year and a new high since the endangered wolf…

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International Women’s Day Celebrates Strong Female Wolves

March 8, 2021

In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re highlighting the females – 16 wolves, to be exact – that support the WCC each and every day. Meet the wolves: Alawa, Lava, Valentia, Charlotte, Trumpet, Babs, Belle, Max, Jean, Nita, Rosa, Bria, Diane, Hélène, Martha, and SkyRae.   From seasoned mothers that highlight the importance of family, to…

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Wolf Conservation Center Mourns Loss of Endangered Red Wolf Mother

March 5, 2021

Dear Friends, It is with a heavy heart that I share devastating news about a beloved matriarch. Red wolf Veronica, also known as F1858, passed away earlier today from a closed pyometra. She was nine years old. Veronica joined the Wolf Conservation Center pack in 2017 when she and her family arrived from the Museum…

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