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RECOVERY OF MEXICAN WOLVES IS IN JEOPARDY, ACCORDING TO SERGIO AVILLA, WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST AND CONSERVATION SCIENTIST

May 25th: The Mexican Gray Wolf once roamed from central and northern Mexico well into Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas and Utah.

Now they can only be found in two states within our borders: Arizona and New Mexico. The last counts found just 114 left in the U.S. and 31 in Mexico.


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ZOO TAMPA WELCOMES LITTER OF RED WOLF PUPPIES

May 25th, Florida: Four Red Wolf Puppies have been born at Zoo Tampa in a natural den that their mother dug for herself and are living as they would in the wild.

Red wolves are native to Florida and once roamed throughout the southeast. Now, they are critically endangered, with only around 200 remaining in zoos and reintroduction areas.


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VERMONT BANS COYOTE KILLING CONTESTS, GRISLY SPECTACLES OF ANIMAL CRUELTY

May 23rd, Vermont: After playing host to coyote killing contests for many years, the residents of the State of Vermont have decided that enough was enough.

Now Vermont animal lovers have secured a huge victory for coyotes and wildlife advocates everywhere when a bill that prohibits all coyote killing contests in the state was enacted into law.


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GRIZZLY BEAR TROPHY HUNT IN YELLOWSTONE AREA APPROVED BY WYOMING

May 23rd, Wyoming: A Wyoming wildlife commission voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve the state’s first grizzly bear hunt in more than four decades.

As many as 22 bears could be killed.


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WOLF HUNT FOR FEARED-ENDANDGERED WOLVES WON'T INCREASE

May 23, Alaska: TAG:Wolves on Prince of Wales have been considered for the Endangered Species Act listing twice. They’ve since rebounded, but hunters won’t yet get to harvest more of them.


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DEAD COWS ARE CHANGING THE WAY WOLVES EAT

May 22nd, Wisconsin/Minnesota:  Research is suggesting improperly disposing of carcasses can have a meaningful effect on how predators, specifically wolves, interact with livestock, people, and ecosystems as a whole.


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HOW COYOTES CONQUERED NORTH AMERICA - AND ARE STILL EXPANDING FAST

May 22nd: Coyotes have been expanding across much of the continent since 1900.  Humans have controlled the large predators that once controlled the coyote population for their own protection and that of their livestock. However, in doing so, they’ve set the table for a major coyote expansion across the whole nation that continues to this day.


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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION MOVES TO END A BAN ON ALASKA HUNTING PRACTICES MANY SAY ARE CRUEL

May 22nd, Alaska: Under the Trump administration's proposal, people would be able to shoot wolves and their pups in their den, bait animals with sweets to be killed or poisoned, and target animals from planes and snowmobiles. Practices many say are inhumane.


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MEXICAN WOLVES: BUNDLES OF HOPE

May 20th, New Mexico: Three Mexican wolf pups, removed from their mother’s den in captivity in Missouri, are destined for wild dens in southwestern New Mexico.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is hopeful that this tactic, called cross-fostering, will aid in the recovery of a species that was nearly eliminated and now numbers are just over 100 animals in the United States.


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COURT AGREEMENT: WASHINGTON WILL GIVE PUBLIC NOTICE BEFORE KILLING WOLVES

May 18th, Washington: Since 2012, the State of Washington has killed 18 state-endangered wolves, nearly 15 percent of the state’s current confirmed population of 122 wolves.  Judge Chris Lanese noted that fifteen of the wolves killed since 2012 were killed on behalf of the same livestock owner.

Washington wildlife officials will now have to give eight business hours of notice before killing wolves in the state, under a new agreement reached in theThurston County Superior Court.


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A DEMENTED SOCIAL CLUB: POACHERS SLAUGHTERED HUNDREDS OF ANIMALS IN PACIFIC NORTHWEST

May 17th, Oregon: It started when state officials wanted answers about the headless deer turning up in the Oregon wilderness east of Mount Hood.

“Nearly every year, it seems we have deer showing up minus their heads at the end of seasons,” Craig Gunderson, a senior trooper with the Oregon State Patrol, recently told the Seattle Times...


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REPRESENTATIVE OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN WOLF PROJECT TO DISCUSS WOLF REINTRODUCTION

May 17th, Colorado: The last wild gray wolf was extirpated from Colorado in the 1940s, somewhere near the New Mexico border. But now, a coalition of environmentalist and wolf advocates led by the recently formed Rocky Mountain Wolf Project would like to restart the conversation about returning the keystone species to its historic habitat.


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DNR DIRECTOR: 'WE HEARD YOU,' SAYS NO TO BOBCAT HUNTING AND KILLING OTHER WILDLIFE

May 16th, Indiana: After hundreds of Indiana citizens spoke at meetings and thousands submitted comments, the Indiana DNR withdrew its proposals to allow bobcat hunting and to require animal control workers to euthanize other wildlife.


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RESEARCHER RESIGNS FROM WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY AFTER WOLF STUDIES ANGER RANCHERS

May 15th, Washington: Robert Wielgus, a controversial wolf researcher, has been offered a settlement to leave his position at Washington State University.

Mr. Wiegus angered ranchers in the state when his research concluded that the state's policy of killing wolves that preyed on cattle was likely to increase cattle predation because it destabilized the structure of wolf packs. 


DECISION ON ISLE ROYALE WOLVES BASED ON EXPERIENCE IN YELLOWSTONE

May 13th, Minnesota: Wolves have almost disappeared on this island in Lake Superior, which is just off Minnesota's North Shore. The park service hopes that introducing new wolves on the island will restore the natural balance there. They will use the successful reintroduction of wolves in Yellowstone National Park in the 1990’s as their example.


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NPCA DELIVERS PETITION AGAINST GRIZZLY HUNTING TO WYOMING GOVERNOR

May 12th, Wyoming: The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) has delivered a petition with nearly 33,000 signatures to Wyoming Governor Matt Mead’s office.  This petition calls on the governor to halt or limit the hunting of grizzly bears statewide.

Under current draft regulations, Wyoming has proposed a hunting season on 23 grizzly bears.


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RESIDENT WOLF GURU SHARES EXPERIENCE AT INTERNATIONAL WOLF CENTER

May 9th, Minnesota:The International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota advances the survival of wolf populations through educating others about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future.

Chad Richardson, communications director, has had the opportunity to set up his work station in front of the viewing window of the resident wolves to study their behavior.


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WOLVES ARE LOSING GROUND TO INDUSTRIAL LOGGING IN SOUTHEAST ALASKA

May 7th, Alaska: For 12,000 years, wolves have roamed Southeast Alaska’s rugged Alexander Archipelago — a 300-mile stretch of more than 1,000 islands mostly within the Tongass National Forest. Now, their old-growth forest habitat is rapidly disappearing, putting the wolves at risk. 


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WOLF WEEK: ELY'S INTERNATIONAL WOLF CENTER DEMYSTIFIES WOLVES

May 7th, Minnesota: The International Wolf Center works to dispel the untruths and myths regarding wolves in the wild by allowing visitors from around the world a chance to see and learn about these majestic creatures. It is as close as you can get to a wolf in the wild -- without really being in the wild.


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GRANTS AVAILABLE TO KEEP WOLVES AWAY FROM LIVESTOCK

May 4th, Minnesota: The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is providing new grants for livestock producers in northern Minnesota to help prevent wolf attacks.

The grants provide money for purchasing guard animals; installation of wolf barriers, installation of wolf-deterring lights and alarms; and calving or lambing shelters.


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WHEN CAN WE KILL WOLVES?

May 4th, Oregon: The May 2. 2018 seminar, organized by OSU’s Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center, was meant to educate Klamath County, Oregon residents about nonlethal wolf deterrents and how the predators impact the health and behavior of livestock.


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UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION BY THE HUMANE SOCIETY EXPOSES GRUESOME WILDLIFE KILLING CONTESTS

May 3rd, New York & New Jersey: Scenes of casual indifference to the suffering and death of animals are captured in an undercover investigation video of wildlife killing contests in New York State and New Jersey. The investigation was carried out in early 2018.

“Wildlife killing contests are cruel, pointless and counter to the principles of fair-chase hunting and science-based wildlife management,” said Brian Shapiro, New York state director for the Humane Society of the United States.


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LANDOWNER AIMS TO BRING WOLVES BACK TO SCOTLAND, CENTURIES AFTER THEY WERE WIPED OUT

May 3rd, Scotland: Decades after wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park, having dramatic impacts on parts of Northwestern United States, a wealthy landowner in Scotland wants to try a limited version of that experiment. 


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THIS IS THE HEARTBREAKING MOMENT ONE OF THE FIRST WOLVES TO ROAM WILD IN DENMARK FOR 200 YEARS WAS SHOT DEAD.

May 2nd, Denmark: One of the first wolves to settle in Denmark in 200 years is seen being shot dead in footage that has sparked outrage because the animal 'was no threat'


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VIDEO SHOWS NEED FOR I-90 WILDLIFE BRIDGE AT SNOQUALMIE PASS

May 2nd, Washington: A much-anticipated wildlife bridge over I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass in Washington is just months away from completion.

The bridge will help with endangered species recovery since the new bridge will allow wolves to cross the freeway and establish themselves in the South Cascades. This is important to improve the genetic diversity of the wolves as well as for the safety of all wildlife and of drivers.


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RED WOLVES NEARING EXTINCTION - ONLY 40 LEFT IN THE WILD

May 1st, North Carolina: Only 40 endangered red wolves remain in the wild in the U.S., and the population could go extinct within eight years, according to a report recently released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Human hunters and vehicle collisions are the primary reasons for the wolves' decline, and both will continue to be the greatest threat going forward.


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WHEN UNPREPARED OWNERS ABANDON WOLF-DOGS, THIS SANCTUARY TAKE THEM IN

May 1st, Colorado: Mixing wolf and dog DNA is a genetic gamble. Combining opposing wild and domestic behaviors can create a conflicted and confused animal.

There are an estimated 200,000 wolf-dogs that are euthanized before their third birthday each year. Wolf sanctuaries, such as Mission: Wolf in Colorado are the only place for these crossbred dogs to land.