yellowstone wolf, © Barrett Hedges/NGS

Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up

Wolves on the Move in Oregon! Wolves in Oregon are continuing to spread to more areas throughout the state. This week, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife designated a new area in Grant and Umatilla Counties as one of “known wolf activity” after spotting repeat wolf tracks there. For those wolf history buffs, you may remember that Grant County is where the first wolf – adult female B45 from Idaho – was discovered near John Day, Oregon in 1999, but captured and returned to Idaho that same year. ODFW’s designation alerts local residents to the possibility that there could be wolves nearby and encourages them to utilize non-lethal tools to prevent any potential conflict between wolves and livestock. Wolves throughout Oregon are protected under the state Endangered Species Act and protected by the federal Endangered Species Act in the western portion of the state.

Mexican Gray Wolf, © Scott S. Warren / National Geographic Stock

Another Mexican Gray Wolf Found Dead in Arizona – Poaching Likely: Arizona Game and Fish Department announced last week that a Mexican gray wolf was found dead earlier in November in the eastern part of the state. This wolf was the alpha male of the Rim Pack and officials have started an investigation to determine the cause of death of this animal. This news comes on top of another two Mexican wolf deaths reported earlier in November. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is also investigating the cause of these deaths. At the official count at the end of 2013, there were only 83 Mexican gray wolves in the wild making this one of the most endangered wolf populations in the world. Defenders continues to advocate that to move forward, this imperiled population of wolves not only needs more breeding pairs and more room, they desperately need an updated science-based recovery plan and at least two additional core populations established in suitable habitat. This terrible news makes ramping up recovery efforts like those outlined above even more essential for this struggling population. We are hopeful for a big population boost in the 2014 annual count, which we should see in early 2015.

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We’re Almost There! Combatting Anti-Wolf Propaganda in Washington: If you haven’t seen them, they’ll give you quite a shock. That’s what a series of anti-wolf billboards being run in Spokane, Washington are designed to do – incite fear by spreading lies about wolves! It’s all just a bunch of huffing and puffing, and we’re going to make sure that the folks in Spokane know it! Like most other wildlife, wolves typically have an innate fear of humans and tend to keep their distance. Anyone who has gone wolf-watching knows how difficult it can be to get close to these wary creatures! Thanks to your support, we are going to be able to run a counter media blitz to stop this outlandish spread of lies and misinformation. Already you’ve helped us raise 82 percent of our total goal – that’s amazing! Thank you for all you do to support our work to protect gray wolves.

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Red wolf, © Steve Hillebrand/USFWS

Public Comment Period Open on Rule Designating the Red Wolf as a State-Listed Threatened Species and Setting New Rules on Coyote Hunting in Red Wolf Reintroduction Area: The public has a chance to comment on the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s proposed rule which would for the first time designate the red wolf as a state-listed threatened species. The rule also prescribes when coyote hunting would be permitted in red wolf reintroduction areas in northeastern North Carolina. Defenders recently settled a legal case with the state that prohibited nighttime hunting of coyotes in these counties. This new rule would enable daytime coyote hunting in the recovery area from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset on private property with a special permit. As many reading this blog likely already know, red wolves are often mistaken for coyotes and are accidentally shot. In fact, gunshot is the leading cause of death for these imperiled wolves, with 51 since 2008 dying from confirmed or suspected gunshot. In addition to submitting written comments, if you are local in North Carolina, you can attend any of the three public hearings that will be held through January in Columbia, Edenton and New Bern counties. Comments can be submitted online or by letter to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, 1701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701.

14 Responses to “Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up”

  1. Ankea Kkoutas

    Put an end to the killing of wolves, it is inhumane and total madness!

  2. paramjeet kaur

    i am just 18, won’t help in money but i’ll spread the msg throwout on facebook and twitter as well, and i am wildlife love and i wish one day i’ll be fully supporter to wildlife. and all the very best i hope you can reach to your goal 100% and i am with you 🙂

  3. Peter van Zijll de Jong

    As long as there are people who enjoy killing, who enjoy shooting animals and apparently have no brains, no heart and no feelings, the fight to protect any animal is lost. We must start with ourselves. We must start to understand and teach the world how important animals are for this planet. It has been proven that wherever the humans get involved with nature, nature is disturbed and destroyed. So start at schools and write new laws with severe punishments. Maybe we can change the world than little by little.

  4. Sam Ballard

    Such a sad state of Affairs. I read with great interest and posted the article on how Wolfs changed the course of the river in Yellowstone National Park and amazing effect they had on the Eco System of the Park. Peace

  5. kim b

    Stop killing the wolves. They are part of a heathly ecosytem, keeping nature in balance. Sounds like the people of washinton & oregon are just plain ignorant killers. Oh yeah montana as well !!!! Goes to show you man is the most dangerous on the planet…… Wolves kill to survive only !!!!!! You cant say that about humans… Those people out there are blood thirsty KILLERS !!!!!!

  6. KF

    If you like wolves, move to Northern Wisconsin. We just had one running through town last week searching for food because of the dramatic crash of our northern deer herd. With no management plan and no learned fear of humans, I will bet a human fatality due to wolf depredation is in the near future. My father-in-law knows this situation all too well, as one of his co-workers was killed and eaten by wolves while trail running in Alaska. We have a higher density of both wolves and people here than AK.

  7. Paul

    And now the only Gray wolf in Arizona has been shot dead in Utah by a “COYOTE HUNTER” who doesn’t know the difference between a 100lb + wolf and a 40 pound coyote ? bet this clown gets off scott free.

  8. Anne

    The biggest whiners in American agriculture (aside from the pesticide producers) are the cattle ranchers and they have very powerful lobbying arm. Cattle ranchers seem to be one the biggest pushers to irradicate any type of wild animal running free on our public lands. They pay a pittance to graze on public lands, a mere $1.35 per cow. Their “fee” is based on the price per pound of their cows at market, and while the average cow once weighed roughly 750lbs, that average cow now weighs nearly 1400lbs. We are subsidizing through corporate welfare a private industry that severely impacts wetlands, open range grasslands and any and all wildlife that live on these, our public lands.
    The grinning idiots who post selfies holding dead wildlife have no comprehension of the harm they do, nor it seems, do they care.

    Let’s get private industry off public lands! We must force those in our government to recognize that mustang round ups, wolf/coyote killing “contests” and abuse of public lands has to stop.

  9. Anne

    The grinning idiots who post selfies holding dead wildlife have no comprehension of the harm they do, nor it seems, do they care.

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