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Ten Different Wolves Spotted in Netherlands This Year

posted Apr 9, 2019, 8:47 PM by chloe owens

12/25/2018, by Janene Pieters, NL Times

Ten Different Wolves Spotted in Netherlands This Year

Ten different wolves visited the Netherlands in 2018, Wageningen Environmental Research (WENR) concludes after genetic testing on feces and DNA samples taken from bite wounds in attacked sheep. One she-wolf has been hanging around in the Netherlands for months and may be settling here, NU.nl reports. The DNA traces of the wolves can be traced back to Germany. The she-wolf that's been living in the Netherlands for months comes form a pack in Babben, about 600 kilometers from the Dutch border. She was spotted for the first time in Friesland in May. The animal then moved through Drenthe and Overijssel, before being seen on the Veluwe at the end of July. 


Forest Service Moves to Revoke Rancher's Grazing Permit for Trapping, Hitting Endangered Wolf

posted Apr 9, 2019, 8:47 PM by chloe owens

12/17/2018, by Alex Devoid, Arizona Central

Forest Service moves to revoke rancher’s grazing permit for trapping, hitting endangered wolf

The U.S. Forest Service has moved to revoke a New Mexico rancher’s grazing permit after he admitted trapping an endangered Mexican gray wolf and hitting it with a shovel. The wolf later died, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The permit has allowed Craig Thiessen to graze hundreds of cattle across nearly 50,000 acres of the Gila National Forest in New Mexico…Thiessen's confession was enough to convict him in court. Mexican gray wolves are protected by the Endangered Species Act. And grazing permit terms require ranchers to comply with federal laws protecting wildlife and other aspects of the environment…This is the first time the Forest Service has moved to revoke a rancher's grazing permit for harming a Mexican gray wolf, Call said. It alarmed members of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, many of whom share the land with wolves. Environmental groups conversely applauded the Forest Service's decision to revoke the grazing permit, calling it an important precedent for the agency to set.


First-Ever Video Shows Wolves Fishing in Voyageurs National Park

posted Apr 9, 2019, 8:46 PM by chloe owens

12/16/2018, by John Myers, Twin Cities Pioneer Press

First-ever video shows wolves fishing in Voyageurs National Park

In another stunning revelation of wolf behavior from northern Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park, researchers Thursday announced they have confirmed park wolves hunting for and eating fish out of streams as a regular part of their diet. The researchers released the first-ever video of wolves eating freshwater fish, and said GPS data shows one pack spent about half their time during several weeks in April and May “hunting” in creeks for spawning suckers and northern pike.


Record Number of Mexican Wolves Found Dead in 2018

posted Apr 9, 2019, 8:44 PM by chloe owens

12/14/2018, by Maddy Hayden, Albuquerque Journal

Record number of Mexican wolves found dead in 2018

…the number of wolves found dead this year to 17, the highest number of deaths since the critically endangered subspecies of gray wolf was reintroduced to the wild in 1998…The causes of death for the wolves this year have not yet been released, but past Fish and Wildlife Service data indicate that 55 percent of the animals found dead in previous years were illegally killed. Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity said it’s likely some of those that died this year were killed illegally, and he is hopeful the Fish and Wildlife Service will more aggressively pursue and prosecute the perpetrators. “We have these ungodly numbers of illegal wolf killings and a minuscule number of convictions,” Robinson said. Killing a Mexican wolf can result in criminal penalties of up to $50,000 and jail time…While a normal calf crop is around 80-90 percent, Cowan said she’s heard reports of 21 percent calf crops in wolf-inhabited areas.


A Future for Red Wolves May Be Found on Galveston Island

posted Apr 9, 2019, 8:42 PM by chloe owens   [ updated Apr 9, 2019, 8:44 PM ]

12/11/2018, by Kelley Christensen, Phys Org

A future for red wolves may be found on Galveston Island

Red wolves, once nearly extinct, again teeter on the abyss. New research finds red wolf ancestry on Galveston Island—providing opportunities for additional conservation action and difficult policy challenges…During this ongoing debate of how to recover the red wolf, a team of researchers including Michigan Technological University scientist Kristin Brzeski, assistant professor in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, discovered high amounts of red wolf ancestry in canids living on Galveston Island in southeast Texas. "Our discovery that red wolf genes have persisted in Texas—after being declared extinct in the wild—was very surprising," Brzeski said. "It introduces both positive opportunities for additional conservation action and difficult policy challenges." Brzeski and her coauthors published their findings, "Rediscovery of Red Wolf Ghost Alleles in a Canid Population Along the American Gulf Coast" Dec. 10, 2018 in the journal Genes. The researchers obtained tissue samples from two roadkill canids on Galveston Island and conducted analyses with genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphism and mitochondrial DNA from 60 animals that represented all potential sources of ancestry for the Galveston Island canids: coyotes, red wolves and gray wolves. Brzeski and others found that the Galveston Island canids have both red wolf and coyote alleles, likely related to species interbreeding during the 1970s as coyote populations expanded across North America. The Galveston Island animals—known as admixed canids—do not share all alleles with contemporary red wolves, but they are genetically closer to red wolves than they are to coyotes…"Our discovery opens up a new chapter in their story: red wolf ancestry has persisted independently without focused management action. How will this impact recovery efforts? Can we recover extinct genes through selective breeding with newly identified admixed canids? Are these individuals legally listable under the Endangered Species Act?" Brzeski said. "These are all difficult but exciting questions that are broadly important beyond red wolves that will influence wildlife conservation in an era of major climate and landscape change." 

Farm Bureau Delegates Support Aggressive Action on Wolves

posted Apr 9, 2019, 8:41 PM by chloe owens   [ updated Apr 9, 2019, 8:45 PM ]

12/9/2018, The Argus Observer

Farm Bureau delegates support aggressive action on wolves

During their annual meeting Dec. 4-6, Idaho Farm Bureau Federation members voted to support a more aggressive approach to controlling problem wolves during winter months, when it is easier to track them because of the snow…Delegates from the Federation’s 37 county Farm Bureau organizations voted unanimously to support a mandate from the legislature to state fish and game officials to allow Wildlife Services to more aggressively control problem wolves during winter months…According to Wildlife Services, wolf kills of Idaho livestock hit a record 113 during fiscal year 2018, which ended June 30…The voting delegates, all of whom are farmers and ranchers, also voted to support allowing Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board funds, which are now used solely to support lethal control of problem wolves, to also be used to collar more wolves to facilitate control actions. The policy that encourages that also supports the continued existence of the WDCB, which gets about $400,000 a year from the state, $100,000 from cattlemen and $100,000 from sportsmen to support Wildlife Service’s lethal wolf control actions.


Voyageurs Park Wolves Eating Beaver and Blueberries, but not Moose

posted Apr 9, 2019, 8:38 PM by chloe owens

12/5/2018, by John Myers, Brainerd Dispatch

Voyageurs Park wolves eating beaver and blueberries, but not moose

When they aren’t identifying record large trees in the forest, Thomas Gable and Austin Homkes’ day job is wolf research, trying to untangle the complex, mostly unknown relationship between wolves and beaver in Voyageurs National Park. Researchers have known for decades that wolves eat beaver, but not how much. What Gable and Homkes found is that some wolves are getting nearly half their summer meals from beaver. “We’ve seen some packs at 8-to-10 percent beaver in their summer diet to as much as 42 percent for one pack,” Gable said. At any one time there are six to eight wolf packs using at least part of Voyageurs National Park in their home range. Those packs average about five wolves per pack. Researchers had collars on 18 different wolves this past summer out of a total of 30 to 40 animals. The abundance of beaver in the area may be taking some of the predator pressure off of the park’s moose herd. While not a large population — there are about 40-50 moose in the park at any one time — the park’s moose numbers have remained stable while their numbers have crashed across nearly all of Minnesota’s moose range…But it’s already clear, the researchers say, that many wolves in the park choose to hunt and eat beaver in the summer instead of moose and deer…The research, which offers a new GPS-pinpoint location of each collared wolf 72 times a day, has found other surprising news. The park’s wolves eat blueberries. Lots of them. Most of the wolf packs have been found to spend extended periods of time in July and August, during peak blueberry season, foraging in blueberry patches.


Habituated Wolf's Death May Leave Lasting Legacy - Yellowstone is Looking into Aggressively Hazing the Lamar Valley Lobos

posted Apr 9, 2019, 8:37 PM by chloe owens

12/5/2018, by Mike Kohmri, Jackson Hole News & Guide

Habituated wolf’s death may leave lasting legacy – Yellowstone is looking into aggressively hazing the Lamar Valley lobos.

Wolf biologist Doug Smith wants to smarten up Yellowstone’s wolves. As Yellowstone National Park’s senior wildlife biologist, Smith has witnessed naive, habituated wolves being hunted down easily outside of the park, where people can legally point rifles instead of cameras. Since wolf hunting seasons outside the 2.2-million-acre park’s borders in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming aren’t going to come to an end, Smith wants to start teaching wolves a life-saving lesson: People aren’t safe. “Right now, if they’re crossing the road we may leave them alone,” Smith told the News&Guide this week. “Now we’re thinking of pounding them. If you get close to people, you’re going to get hit.” Being “hit,” he explained, means hazing wolves, with either paintball or beanbag guns. Making such a major change to Yellowstone’s roadside wolf-watching policy — if it goes through — would be the result of introspection…“Having a wolf not wary of a person, that’s a product derived from the park,” he said. “Those were wolves that lived 99 percent of the time in the park. That’s on us, so what do we do? To be honest I don’t know, but now everything is on the table.”… a Cooke City, Montana, hunter killed wolf 926F on Nov. 24. The hunter’s trophy was a highly habituated former alpha female of the Lamar Canyon Pack with a lineage that traced to the 1995 wolf reintroduction. It was the same fate as the world-famous lobo’s mother, known as “06,” and it sparked an online fury, and calls for a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks investigation…Gardiner, Montana, resident and avid wolf watcher Deby Dixon looked back at 926F as a particularly habituated wolf, one that grew up with cameras and spotting scopes pointed at her. The 7 1/2-year-old graying black female was also a bucket-list lobo that Lamar Valley visitors set out to see…A small wolf, at just about 80 pounds, 926F was a great-great-great-grandaughter of wolf No. 9, part of the first batch of wolves reintroduced into Yellowstone 23 years ago from Alberta.


Gray Wolf Protections on Track to Survive Current Congress

posted Apr 9, 2019, 8:36 PM by chloe owens

12/3/2018, by Kellen Browning, McClatchy DC Bureau

Gray wolf protections on track to survive the current Congress

The gray wolf has been in danger in recent weeks of losing the federalprotection that for decades has kept it from being hunted. House Republicans last month passed legislation to remove gray wolves in 48 states from the list of species shielded by the Endangered Species Act, which could make it easier to kill them…But the House’s initiative has been stuck in the Senate, and with only days remaining in this year’s congressional session, key backers are not optimistic that bill will go anywhere. Bills not enacted by Congress before its new session begins next month expire. That means the Manage Our Wolves Act would have to pass the House again in 2019 — a tougher task, as environmentally-friendly Democrats will run the House of Representatives.


Court Ruling No Guarantee for Red Wolves

posted Apr 9, 2019, 8:35 PM by chloe owens

11/29/2018, by Catherine Kozak, Coastal Review Online

Court Ruling No Guarantee for Red Wolves

Even with a federal judge’s recent ruling in favor of conservation of red wolves in northeastern North Carolina, uncertainty remains whether reinvigorated management of the endangered species would be able to reverse course to save the world’s only wild population of the species – or whether the conditions exist to even try. Only two or three dozen red wolves still roam the swampy forests and farmland within the 1.7 million-acre recovery area in Hyde, Tyrrell, Dare, Beaufort and Washington counties, down from the peak in 2006 of about 130. About 200 wolves also live in captivity…Released this summer, the “Proposed Revision of the 10(j) Rule for the Nonessential Experimental Population of Red Wolves in North Carolina” would dramatically downsize the wolves’ range to land in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and the Dare County Bombing Range in Dare and Hyde counties. Animals that strayed beyond that protected area could be killed. About two packs – 10 to 15 wolves – are estimated to currently live in the proposed range. Also, the proposed final rule would not restore coyote controls or release more captive-born wolves into the wild population. “The proposed rule will not in any way remedy the legal violations,” said Sierra Weaver, senior attorney in Chapel Hill for the Southern Environmental Law Center, or SELC, which represents the plaintiffs. “You can’t simply take away these management measures.”… Red wolves once roamed vast swaths of the southeastern U.S., but by the 1960s, predator controls, habitat loss and overhunting left the population decimated.  Listed as endangered in 1967, the species was declared extinct in the wild in 1980.  Some surviving wolves captured along the Gulf Coast were successfully bred in captivity for 10 years. In 1987, four pairs of pups were released in the Alligator River refuge, and within five years, there were about 30 wolves. At some point along the way, the recovery area was expanded to its current 1.7 million acres, encompassing public and private land in five counties. Before long, much to the surprise – and resentment – of farmers and other landowners, red wolves started wandering onto their property.


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