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Trappers eager for a chance at Minnesota wolves

BEMIDJI, Minn. (WTW) — In some ways, 61-year-old Tim Ewert was born a few hundred years too late. Fascinated by stories of French voyageurs and trappers who first came to Minnesota in the late 1600s, Ewert is a professional trapper who also sells mink oil, hand-crafted baskets and wooden bows. He even makes voyageur-style canoes and participates in historic reenactments. Continue reading

Veterans help 29 Alaska wolf-dogs overcome abuse, build new lives at Cal sanctuary

LOS ANGELES — It’s been three months since a California animal rescue center retrieved 29 wolf-dogs from an Alaska tourist attraction that had fought the state over owning, breeding and selling the wolf-hybrids. Chains were so deeply embedded in the necks of two of the animals that they had to be surgically removed. Many developed limps because they’d never used the pads of their feet.  Continue reading

Appeals court upholds congressional rider which delisted wolves

SAN FRANCISCO— The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today denied a challenge brought by the Center for Biological Diversity and its partners to a congressional budget rider than stripped Endangered Species Act protections from wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains. A three-judge panel rejected the conservation organizations’ argument that the rider is unconstitutional because it violates the separation-of-powers doctrine. Continue reading

Montana wolves’ resilience likely to lead to expanded killing techniques

Wolves are timid, elusive creatures which would rather stay away from any human contact. This, combined with comparatively low numbers, makes wolves difficult animals to hunt. So elusive are these apex predators that Montana’s hunt was unable, despite their ruthless efforts, to exterminate enough to reduce their numbers. Continue reading

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