May 26th: The Japanese wolf (or the Honshu wolf; Canis lupus hodophilax) is said to have become extinct over a century ago, gradually killed off as Japan marched toward industrialization in the late 19th century. However, numerous accounts of sightings, reports of howling and discoveries of purported wolf droppings, bones and fur have prompted some to argue that the nihon ōkami (as the Japanese wolf is known in Japanese) — is still alive and waiting to be rediscovered.
May 24th, Montana: Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke stripped federal protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears in 2017, but a federal judge in Missoula returned the grizzlies to the endangered species list in the fall of 2018. The Interior Department filed an intent to appeal in December and will take the case to the Ninth Circuit. This is the second time the Ninth Circuit is taking up the government’s attempt to delist Yellowstone grizzlies.
May 23rd, Europe: Wolf-dog packs are increasingly common in Europe and scientists and policy makers remain divided over how to deal with the problem of hybrids and free-roaming dogs. Some researchers advocate keeping feral dogs and wolf-dogs in captivity. Others suggest sterilization is the best solution.
May 23rd: 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. With no changes to current management, the wild population of red wolves likely will be lost within the next decade.
May 23rd, Washington: Region 1 Director of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (DWFW) Steve Pozzanghera,said "wolves are moving in from the Northern Rocky Mountain ecosystem, as well as from Canada, and across the state’s shared border with Oregon. We are not moving wolves,” Pozzanghera said. “This is based on natural dispersal.”
May 22nd, California: "Ravens and wolves go together and that goes very far back in history," said Colleen Kinzley, the zoo's director of animal care, conservation and research. Native Americans told stories about ravens leading wolves to carrion, so they too could feast on the opened carcass. Something similar is happening at the California Trail exhibit.
May 22nd: On March 22, 1995, after years of legal battles and logistical preparation, the gates of acclimation pens in Yellowstone National Park were opened and wolves — captured in Canada and transported to the United States — were once again part of the natural environment of northwest Wyoming.
May 22nd, New Mexico: During the month of April, there were 37 confirmed wolf depredation incidents on livestock. Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity understands ranchers’ concerns but blames the depredations on U.S. Fish and Wildlife policy. “The government has required nothing from livestock owners to prevent such predations. Some owners do take measures, but many do not."
May 20th, Great Lakes: Yellowstone National Park studies show fish populations are rising there since the gray wolf population boomed. The predators cause ungulates to change their grazing habits, due to fear. That provides more cover over the water which affects multiple factors for the fish. Apex predators like wolves could affect northern Michigan white-tailed deer and elk behavior and the entire ecosystem.
May 20th, Oregon: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commissioners will vote June 7th on proposed updates to the state's wolf plan. A hot topic surrounding the plan review is hunting wolves. Wolf hunts would be considered if and when wolves were determined to be a major cause of the decline in deer and elk populations.
May 17th: For Endangered Species Day on May 17, Esri Canada put together an interactive based on information from the Endangered Species Coalition to show where some of these animal species live in North America -- from the grey wolf, to the humpbacked whale, to the spotted owl.
May 17th: The killing competitions are held in at least 45 states, said Jill Fritz, director of wildlife protection for the Humane Society of the United States, which for two years has worked with the California-based advocacy group Project Coyote to lead a push against the events. Animal activist groups’ opposition to the events has been buoyed by support from some state wildlife officials and wildlife management scientists.
May 16th: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has now sent a letter to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, who oversees the Fish and Wildlife Service, to “clarify and correct” ODFW’s position by opposing the delisting of wolves throughout the United States. It’s likely that Brown’s thinking was swayed by the outcry from wolf advocates, who recently held a rally against delisting.
May 16th: Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions they can take to help protect them. Check back often to learn more about the 13th annual Endangered Species Day on May 17, 2019.
May 15th, Oregon: U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) says the "fragile recovery" of the gray wolf is endangered by the proposed delisting. He says a weakened state wolf plan without a backstop of federal protection is a "true death sentence for gray wolves in Oregon and across the country." He accuses Governor Brown and ODFW of "[throwing] an incredibly important predator species under the bus in favor of a few private interests."
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“With nearly a million comments submitted and more to come, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service can’t deny the broad public support for continuing wolf protections,” said Collette Adkins, Carnivore Conservation Director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “We’ll show up in force at any public hearings and demand that the Trump administration scrap its disastrous wolf-delisting proposal.”
May 14th, Washington: Steve Pozzanghera, Director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's Eastern Region, said the agency is gearing up to do a periodic status review of gray wolves that may lead to a recommendation that the animals be reclassified under state law. Pozzanghera also said the agency is looking at the possibility of moving wolves from the eastern half of the state to the vast Southern Cascades and Northwest Coast Recovery Zone, where there are currently no documented packs that have reproduced — known as breeding pairs.
May 13th: Globally, mankind will determine the fate of one million species (of eight million on the planet), according to a recent report by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. “The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide,” wrote Sir Robert Watson of Great Britain, chair of the U.N. group with 145 experts from 50 nations.
May 13th: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a proposal to remove the gray wolf from the list on March 15th and announced a 60-day public comment period ending on May 14th. The public comment period has been extended another 60 days to allow all interested parties to comment of the proposal until July 15th.
May 12th, Florida: Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-Longboat Key) co-chair of the Animal Protection Caucus, received an "A” rating from the Humane Society for his leadership and votes in 2018. He recently opposed the Interior Department’s announcement that it would move to delist the gray wolf from the Endangered Species protection. His strong record of defending animals also includes opposing weaker protections for the Florida manatee and panther, as well as urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to restore a database of animal cruelty information that the department removed suddenly and without notice.
May 12th, British Columbia: Staqeya, a wolf, swims between the islands within sight of Victoria, feeding mostly on seals and occasionally keeping vigil on the rocks, to the delight of people on passing boats. Residents of the B.C. capital say they sometimes hear him howling in the night.
May 9th: Join the "Journey to the Arctic" with National Geographic Explorer Ronan Donovan to witness a gorgeous and desolate world where wolves hunt, howl and raise their families. As we embed with the pack, experience unprecedented intimacy with a species steeped in legend, rumor and fear.
May 9th: Known as highly intelligent pack animals, wolves have been widely misunderstood through the millennia as wild and deadly beasts. They are the creatures of myth and folklore, often to their detriment. The truth is that wolves are extremely social animals that develop very close social bonds with family members and their pack. In fact, wolves observed in the wild often illustrate significant displays of affection and other emotions with each other.
May 7th: A letter from 100 scientists to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt explains that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal “does not represent the best-available science pertaining to wolf conservation. Delisting wolves at this time would be an inappropriate shortcut … Such intervention can seem like an expedited solution, but its larger effect is to inhibit progress on the broader issues of conservation and ESA implementation."
May 6th: Siberian huskies having shaggy, gray and white fur, pointy ears, and lupine facial features make them near-doppelgangers of the Game of Throne dire wolves. Siberian husky rescue groups across the U.S. and U.K. report observing a significant increase in the number of abandoned huskies in need of homes since 2011, when Game of Thrones debuted.
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May 5th: When it comes to endangered species in North America, the gray wolf has become a public relations darling. It’s not just that there’s something wild and beautiful about wolves. They’re also a testimony to the worst that humanity has to offer nature.
May 5th, Colorado: According to a new study by Colorado State University, which looked both nationally and state by state at what we think about wildlife and the way we manage it, “We’ve gone from a world where we perceived wildlife as something we had control over and should use the way we wish, to a world where we regard animals as human-like, with a certain amount of rights like humans have."
May 2nd, Oregon: On Monday, May 6, five groups—the Center for Biological Diversity, the Humane Society of the United States, Cascadia Wildlands, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Defenders of Wildlife—plan to rally outside of the Portland USFWS office. The organizations will be joined by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) who will give an address at the start of the rally.
May 2nd, Michigan: The annual report on Michigan's Isle Royale wolf and moose populations is compiled each year by researchers at Michigan Technological University. This winter, they spent four weeks tracking moose and wolves using planes and skis. Now in its 61st year, it is the world's longest-running study of a predator-prey relationship.
May 2nd, Canada: The wolves know the bison have moved in but they haven't yet attacked their natural prey — something that will come with time, Parks Canada resource conservation manager Bill Hunt says.
May 1st: According to a study published today in the journal PLOS ONE, wolves appear to be more inclined than dogs to be generous with their pack mates. When given the choice, wolves deliver food to their friends, even if they don’t benefit themselves. Dogs, on the other hand, quickly lose interest in the absence of personal payoff.