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Gray Wolf on Isle Royale Relocated from Canada Found Dead

posted Jun 30, 2019, 7:56 PM by chloe owens

5/29/2019, The Associated Press, Detroit Free Press

Gray wolf on Isle Royale relocated from Canada found dead

A gray wolf that was moved from Canada to Michigan's Isle Royale National Park over the winter has been found dead. Officials said Wednesday the black-coated male's body was found in the middle of a large, swampy area at the southwestern end of the Lake Superior wilderness island. Its tracking collar had been transmitting a mortality signal since late March. Personnel had to wait until the park opened for the season in mid-April to investigate…Isle Royale now has 14 wolves, including 12 relocated from Minnesota and Canada since last fall to rebuild the park's diminished population.


Extra Ribs, Crooked Backs Show Inbreeding that Caused Isle Royale’s Old Wolf Packs to Crash

posted Jun 30, 2019, 7:55 PM by chloe owens

5/29/2019, MLive

Extra ribs, crooked backs show inbreeding that caused Isle Royale’s old wolf packs to crash

While there were many factors that played into Isle Royale’s once-robust wolf pack system collapsing to just two wolves in the space of a decade, a new study shows just how devastating inbreeding was to the big predators who lived on Michigan’s remote wilderness island.


Poaching, Politics and the Price Tag Have Undercut the Recovery of the Wolf

posted Jun 30, 2019, 7:54 PM by chloe owens

5/23/2019, The Associated Press, Colorado Public Radio

Poaching, Politics and the Price Tag Have Undercut the Recovery of the Wolf

Illegal killings and longstanding political resistance have undercut the return of two species of endangered wolves to the wild, frustrating government efforts that already cost more than $80 million but have failed to meet recovery targets. The number of red wolves roaming the forests of North Carolina has plunged to fewer than three dozen in recent years — the most precarious position of any U.S. wolf species. In the Southwest, a record number of Mexican gray wolves turned up dead in 2018, tempering an increase in the overall population to 131 animals. With such small numbers in the wild, biologists say poaching has a big effect. Over the last two decades, more than half of Mexican wolf deaths and about one in four red wolf deaths resulted from gunshots or were otherwise deemed illegal…Red wolves are in an area dominated by farms and private land. At least 96 red wolves died of gunshot wounds over nearly three decades…Legal protections for red wolves have been solidified by the recent scientific conclusion that they’re a distinct species, not a wolf-coyote hybrid as some landowners argued. But conservationists worry the news comes too late, with only 25 to 30 of the canines left in the wild and 200 or more in captive breeding programs…a 1990 federal recovery plan goal for 220 animals in the wild was never met. Wolf numbers were bolstered by releases of captive-born pups and sterilization of coyotes that competed for space. But those approaches were halted in 2015 amid pressure from conservative politicians and landowners who deemed wolves a nuisance. Conservationists contend the government abandoned proven techniques. “The biggest problem now is not the mortality, it’s the lack of releases,” said McGee, the lawyer…an eastern North Carolina landowner, complains wolves have made it harder to fight coyotes that kill deer on game land. A federal judge in 2014 banned night hunting of coyotes in red wolf territory because the canines are easily mixed up.


Packs of Wolf-Dog Hybrids Threaten Europe's Wolves

posted Jun 30, 2019, 7:53 PM by chloe owens

5/23/2019, by University o fExeter, Phys.Org

Packs of wolf-dog hybrids threaten europe’s wolves

"Swarms" of wolf-dog crossbreeds could drive Europe's wolves out of existence, according to the lead author of new research. Such hybridization—driven by human activities that destroy habitats and mean wolves encounter more and more free-roaming dogs—threatens the "genetic identity" of wolves. The study compares the views of more than 40 scientists and warns that a lack of engagement and agreement could hamper efforts to tackle wolf-dog hybridization. The findings suggest most scientists agree on the nature of the problem, but are divided on how to deal with it. "We need to address this issue before wolf-dog hybrids backcross with wolves to the extent that wolf populations will be lost to hybrid swarms, and the conservation of wild populations will become unfeasible," said lead author Valerio Donfrancesco, of the Centre for Ecology and Conservation on the University of Exeter's Penryn Campus in Cornwall…scientists were divided on issues such as how to remove hybrids and free-roaming dogs, and whether they should be kept captive, sterilized and released or killed. Donfrancesco said: "The disagreements emerged from diverging ethical values between scientists of different backgrounds, such as ecologists and geneticists, from the lack of data on the effectiveness of different interventions, and from the worry of some scientists that on practical grounds allowing the removal of hybrids would open a legal loophole for the killing of wolves."


Germany Eases Curbs on Shooting Wolves, in Nod to Farmers

posted Jun 30, 2019, 7:52 PM by chloe owens

5/22/2019, by Reuters

Germany eases curbs on shooting wolves, in nod to farmers

Germany’s cabinet agreed on Wednesday to loosen tight restrictions on shooting wolves to help tackle the growing threat they pose to livestock after a year-long row within Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition…their population is growing. Wildlife groups have welcomed the trend and have lobbied against killing the wolves, a protected species. However, they have become a big problem for some farmers, ravaging sheep, goat and cattle herds. Germany’s DBBW Documentation and Advice Centre on Wolves says the number of animals killed by wolf attacks has risen to more than 1,600, mostly sheep and goats, from zero in 2000. The change to the rules means that farmers no longer have to prove their livelihood is jeopardized by wolf attacks, although they still have to show that the predators are causing serious damage to get approval for a wolf to be shot by an expert…the rules will allow members of a pack of wolves to be shot until livestock attacks end, even if it unclear which individual wolf is responsible. In theory, this means a whole pack could be wiped out. “It will in future be easier to protect herds from repeated attacks but the wolf remains a strongly protected animal,” said Environment Minister Svenja Schulze. “The draft law enables the coexistence of wolves and animal husbandry in Germany.” Germany has 75 packs of wolves, 30 wolf couples and three individual wolves, according to the latest figures from 2017/18.


Are Wolves Fish Friends or Foes?

posted Jun 30, 2019, 7:51 PM by chloe owens

5/20/2019, by Karrun Farmaha, Great Lakes Echo

Are wolves fish friends or foes?

Should Upper Peninsula fish fear wolves? Or thank them? A clue may be in Yellowstone National Park studies that show fish populations are rising there since the gray wolf population boomed. Meanwhile, other scientists are studying how wolves catch and eat fish in Minnesota…ungulates may graze their cover. But when predators are present, they are more restricted, and won’t graze their cover.” As fewer trees and cover are grazed, they become more dense, according to the Oregon State University study. That provided more cover over the water which affects multiple factors for the fish. Extra cover causes streams to cool. It also provides more nutrients – creating a better habitat for fish to thrive in. The cover also protects the stream banks from erosion – allowing more space for more fish…Apex predators like wolves could affect northern Michigan white-tailed deer and elk behavior and the entire ecosystem, said Dean Beyer, a wildlife research biologist at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Such impacts are called trophic cascades, a theory advanced by the famous naturalist Aldo Leopold…In Voyageurs National Park in Northern Minnesota, Gable’s research team found wolves that hunted and killed freshwater fish like northern pike and white suckers. It is not unusual for wolves to hunt salmon in coastal areas, as they are big, easy to catch and predictable, Gable said.


Rift Exposed Among Oregon Leaders on Wolf Protections

posted Jun 30, 2019, 7:50 PM by chloe owens

5/15/2019, by Andrew Selsky, SFGate

Rift exposed among Oregon leaders on wolf protections

Slapping down a stance taken by the director of Oregon's wildlife department, Gov. Kate Brown declared Wednesday that the state and its agencies oppose the federal government's proposal to take the gray wolf off the endangered species list…"The state of Oregon and its agencies do not support the delisting of wolves from the federal Endangered Species Act across their range in the 48 contiguous states," Brown wrote. She said she notified the wildlife department that the conclusion that Oregon or its agencies support delisting the wolf "is incorrect." The wolf issue exposed conflicting views on how much protection is needed for wolves, which are starting to make a comeback. It also showed an apparent lack of coordination among top state officials on the issue. The director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, or ODFW, is appointed by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, whose seven members are appointed by the governor.


8 Endangered Red Wolf Pups Born at Tacoma's Point Defiance Zoo

posted Jun 30, 2019, 7:50 PM by chloe owens

5/15/2019, by Stacia Glenn, The News Tribune

8 endangered red wolf pups born at Tacoma’s Point Defiance Zoo

Eight red wolf pups were born at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium last weekend, an important advancement for the critically endangered species...



Wolves Return to Germany - Along with Anti-Immigrant Hostilities

posted Jun 30, 2019, 7:49 PM by chloe owens

5/14/2019, by Katrin Bennhold, Independent

Wolves return to Germany – along with anti-immigrant hostilities

They struck at dawn and left a trail of blood and body parts. There were six, maybe seven perpetrators. One had calmly passed Annett Hertweck’s car as she was speeding down the forest path to the scene of the massacre near the eastern village of Forstgen, Germany. Only then did she see the bodies. Dozens of them…The culprits were wolves, descended from Polish forebears. The victims were German sheep, 55 of them. Extinct for the best part of a century, Germany’s most notorious fairytale baddie is back. Wolves have been slipping across the Polish border for years, gradually settling into rural Germany. There are only a few hundred of them. But to hear some politicians tell it, the country is facing an invasion. And the way they talk about wolves is strikingly similar to how they talk about immigrants, turning the animal into an object of terror – and the discussion into an allegory for the nation’s simmering culture wars. Between urban elites and rural left-behinds. Between west and east. And also between those who welcome wolves – and immigrants – and those who fear them.



Watch: Save the Wolves Rally in DC

posted Jun 30, 2019, 7:43 PM by chloe owens

5/14/2019, by Sinclair Broadcast Group, WJLA

Watch: Save the wolves rally in DC

Activists in wolf masks delivered more than 1 million comments to the U.S. Department of the Interior opposing the Trump administration’s proposed plan to strip protections from nearly all wolves in the lower 48 states.


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