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For the First Time in 100 Years, Officials Confirm the Death of Calif. Livestock by Wolf

posted Nov 10, 2017, 5:45 PM by chloe owens

10/27/17, by Michelle Robertson

For the first time in 100 years, officials confirm the death of Calif. livestock by wolf

…Following an investigation of the 600-pound yearling carcass, Fish and Wildlife said that the "location and nature of the bite marks and the significant associated tissue hemorrhaging" were consistent with a wolf attack. The agency also identified wolf tracks and the evidence of a struggle near the decimated carcass, which was missing one leg, seven ribs and much of its neck…The agency also offered Roney "non-lethal assistance/tools," Traverso said, which Roney declined. "One of our employees even volunteered to camp out there to do what he could to dissuade the wolves from using the meadow," Traverso added. Shortly after Roney agreed to the setup, the wolves left the ranch and did not return for nine days, rendering camping unnecessary.




Ontario Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe says Algonquin Wolf is Endangered and Action Needs to be Taken to Protect Their Habitat to Save the Species

posted Nov 10, 2017, 5:44 PM by chloe owens

10/26/17, by Jim Moodie, Petrborough Examiner

Ontario environmental commissioner Dianne Saxe says Algonquin wolf is endangered and action needs to be taken to protect their habitat to save the species.

…But between their small population -- there could be as few as 154 adult Algonquin wolves in all of Ontario -- and lax rules around their harvest, it's conceivable they could entirely disappear from the landscape." These wolves are precious and endangered," said Dianne Saxe. "And we shouldn't be allowing things that kill them."



Wolves Soon to be Ally in Neelgai Control in Gujarat

posted Nov 10, 2017, 5:43 PM by chloe owens

10/26/17, by Himanshu Kaushik, India Times

Wolves soon to be ally in neelgai control in Gujarat

The drastic drop in the population of grey wolf in Gujarat, from 1,374 in 2000 to less than 200 now, is worrying wildlife experts. The state forest department has now decided to identify wolf habitats and put radio collars on some animals. The forest department has set up special breeding centers at Sakkarbaug Zoo, to revive the dwindling Indian grey population. Officials said there are only about 1,000 wolves left in the country…The animal was initially classified as a species of special concern, but last year was upgraded to threatened -- just below endangered. "The best estimates we've seen is there are perhaps 250 mature wolves alive in the entire world, and two-thirds of those are in Ontario," said Saxe. Yet just a few months after the Algonquin wolf gained more protections under the Endangered Species Act -- as well as a new official name; it was previously called the eastern wolf -- the province effectively exempted the animal from ESA safeguards, Saxe argues…An Algonquin wolf is easily confused with a coyote or smaller timber wolf by sight, and a trap "definitely doesn't know the difference," noted Saxe. In Northern Ontario, hunters can bag two wolves per year, while trappers are allowed to catch as many wolves as they want…Rather than risk losing more Algonquin wolves over a questionable need for wolf harvesting in general, they should be spared from hunting and trapping across the extent of their range, says Saxe, even if that means their non-threatened cousins are also off-limits in the places where they overlap.



Second Wolf and Carnivore Conference Attracts Diverse Group of Wildlife Experts

posted Nov 10, 2017, 5:41 PM by chloe owens

10/25/17, by Kyle Darbyson, Thompson Citizen

Second Wolf and Carnivore Conference attracts diverse group of wildlife experts

After a five-year absence, the Wolf and Carnivore Conference finally made a return to Thompson this past week. From Oct. 18–20, a collection of wildlife academics, scientists, activists, and researchers took up residence at Riverlodge Place to discuss a variety of topics related to their respective fields. While the overall number of attendees was down from the 2012 conference, the event organizers still managed to attract a diverse group of voices from Canada, the United States, and even Russia.



Wolves in the Crosshairs

posted Nov 10, 2017, 5:40 PM by chloe owens

10/25/17, by Joanne Richard, Canoe

Wolves in the crosshairs

Persecuted and attacked for centuries, wolves are neither big nor bad. Inarguably, they are the keepers of ecological balance, a keystone predator, and family oriented – and they are under attack again. Wolves in Western Canada are in the crosshairs and a national campaign is howling for justice to end poisonous wolf culling. It’s not only wolves that are dying - pets and endangered species are the collateral damage when they accidentally eat highly-toxic poisons. Controversial wolf-kill programs to conserve caribou, and protect livestock, are also hosted in BC. Pop celebrity Miley Cyrus has called the wolf cull in BC a “war on wildlife.” There they use aerial shootings and snares, but it’s the use of poisons in Alberta that is particularly controversial and cruel. “Strychnine causes extremely painful muscular convulsions with asphyxiation being the final cause of death, inducing one of the most painful, deliberate deaths man has ever devised,” says Sadie Parr, executive director at Wolf Awareness Inc., which is collaborating on a new campaign at wehowl.ca/poisonfree to ban the use of three poisons from the Canadian landscape. The campaign launched last week during Wolf Awareness Week…A trio of toxicants – Strychnine, Compound 1080 and Sodium Cyanide – and other methods, including traps, snares, and aerial shooting, are used in Alberta, yet a 2014 study by some of the province’s leading caribou scientists reveals that killing hundreds of wolves has barely managed to stabilize the numbers of a threatened caribou herd, not increase it, in habitat increasingly disturbed by resource extraction…Wolves are a scapegoat, says Sadie Parr, executive director at Wolf Awareness Inc. Killing wolves won’t bring caribou back from the brink that humans have pushed them to, stresses Parr. “The caribou are in this situation because of us, not because of wolves. The provinces have knowingly allowed industry to destroy caribou habitat for 50 years... Activities such as energy development, logging, mining, and high-impact recreation continue in critical caribou habitat.” Conservationists are calling for better habitat management and maternal penning to improve caribou survival.



Scientists Find Blood Molecule that Attracts Wolves, Repels Humans

posted Nov 10, 2017, 5:39 PM by chloe owens

10/23/17, Arab News-Science & Technology

Scientists find blood molecule that attracts wolves, repels humans

PARIS: The faintest whiff of a molecule from mammal blood known as E2D sends some animals into a predatory frenzy but frightens others — including people — into retreat, scientists have discovered. Never before has the same molecule been known to provoke diametrically opposite behaviors in creatures ranging from horse flies to humans, hinting at deep evolutionary roots, they reported in the journal Scientific Reports…“We hypothesised that prey species would be under evolutionary pressure to become sensitive to E2D, to help them avoid an area where a bloodbath is going on,” said Lundstrom. Sure enough, rodents in a cage recoiled from the molecule, as much as they did from the red stuff. When it came to humans, the researchers were not sure what to expect. Would people show blood lust or fear?



Grants Available to Prevent Wolf Depredation

posted Nov 10, 2017, 5:38 PM by chloe owens

10/20/17, by Jamey Malcomb, Ic News Chronicle

Grants available to prevent wolf depredation

Wolf attacks in Lake County aren't particularly common, but occasionally wolves get hungry or stumble onto a farm and kill some livestock, potentially costing the owner a lot of time and money. Grants are available to reimburse livestock owners for wolf depredation. For the first time, however, the Minnesota Legislature approved $240,000 over the next two years for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) to reimburse livestock owners for preventative measures against wolf depredation. The grants are available to reimburse livestock producers for the purchase and veterinary costs of guard animals; installation of wolf barriers and deterrent lights; calving or lambing shelters; or other measures demonstrated to effectively reduce wolf-livestock conflicts.



Bill to Block Challenges to wolf Delisting Advances

posted Nov 10, 2017, 5:37 PM by chloe owens

10/19/17, by Mark Davis

Bill to block challenges to wolf delisting advances

Shortly after this fall’s gray wolf season opened in Wyoming, a bill that would remove Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming — and prohibit judicial review of the decision — jumped its first hurdle in the U.S. House.






Death of a Modern Wolf

posted Nov 10, 2017, 5:37 PM by chloe owens

10/17/17, by J.B. MacKinnon, Haakai

Death of a Modern Wolf

…Vancouver Island’s wolves are a variety of gray wolf, Canis lupus, known as coastal wolves or sea wolves. Smaller than most gray wolves (though a large male may still weigh 40 kilograms, about the size of an Alaskan malamute), they have shorter, coarser coats that often have reddish or golden tones as well as shades of white, black, and gray. In other places, gray wolves hunt mainly ungulates such as moose, elk, and deer, but coastal wolves also eat from the sea: waterfowl, otters, shellfish, even seals and sea lions. They fish skillfully for salmon. Until recently, the planet’s surviving wolves were so closely associated with remote and wild places that they were preeminent symbols of wilderness. Yet by the time wolves made their Vancouver Island comeback in the 1970s, it was unavoidable that they would be sharing their habitat with humans. The island’s population was rising toward half a million (it’s close to 800,000 today), with most residents crowded along the shorelines. The coastal wolves moved onto an island of coastal people…Written records from the early 1900s describe the rite’s importance to the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ town of Hitacu, just across a narrow inlet from the broader community of Ucluelet. In those days, Hitacu’s relationship with wolves was so close that Tlo:kwa:na initiates, howling as a part of the ceremony, might be joined by a chorus of living wolves in the nighttime forest, and incorrect performance of the rite—even singing the wrong words to a song—was said to cause wolf attacks. It’s a tradition, Mastrangelo said, that asks us to look first at human behavior when wolves’ behavior changes. From the perspective of Tlo:kwa:na, human-wolf conflict is a message to think harder about human-wolf coexistence…In the wake of the wolf’s killing, a committee made up of representatives from Parks Canada, the First Nations, and the towns of Tofino and Ucluelet has been discussing the need for a united front on coexistence with wolves, which move freely between jurisdictions. Parks Canada is preparing to carry out better research on the wolf population, and, with a stronger visitor education campaign, managed to reduce the number of dogs that were off leash this past summer from half to one-third. The Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ will study whether to close the Lost Shoe Creek drainage to visitors; the Tla-o-qui-aht are considering zip lines that dogs could be leashed to as an alternative to free-running dogs in their communities. One potential solution—banning dogs from the park—is controversial, but far from unprecedented. Pets are almost entirely forbidden from the wild landscape across much of the United States national park system, including in Yellowstone National Park…


'Big, Bad Wolf' Image Flawed -- Scientists Say

posted Nov 10, 2017, 5:35 PM by chloe owens

10/16/17, by Helen Briggs, BBC

‘Big, bad wolf’ image flawed – scientists say

In tests of cooperation skills, wolves outperformed their domesticated relatives. Scientists say the findings challenge assumptions about how dogs were tamed from wolves and came to live alongside humans. Previous evidence has suggested that the domestication process may have given dogs a more tolerant temperament…To test whether cooperation comes naturally to wolves and dogs, scientists carried out a classic behaviour experiment…Dr Marshall-Pescini of the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna said wolves "did pretty well" at the task, performing on a par with chimpanzees.



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