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Scientific research in to wolves, and their behavior

Red wolf exhibit opening at Tacoma zoo

[large thumbnail url=”red-wolf-exhibit-opening-at-tacoma-zoo” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”09″ day=”01″] [thumbnail icon url=”red-wolf-exhibit-opening-at-tacoma-zoo” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”09″ day=”01″] A breeding pair of the highly endangered wolves are settling in to their new homes at the Tacoma Zoo.

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Biologists collar wolf from Oregon’s Wehana pack

[large thumbnail url=”biologists-collar-wolf-from-oregons-wehana-pack” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”08″ day=”10″] [thumbnail icon url=”biologists-collar-wolf-from-oregons-wehana-pack” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”08″ day=”10″] For the first time, biologists were able to capture a member of Oregon’s Wehana pack. They caught a young male wolf from the pack and fitted him with a radio tracking collar before releasing him.

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Family Values: Why wolves belong together

[large thumbnail url=”family-values-why-wolves-belong-together” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”06″ day=”18″] [thumbnail icon url=”family-values-why-wolves-belong-together” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”06″ day=”18″] NewScientist Magazine published an interesting article looking at the findings of Gordon Haber, outspoken wolf advocate and independent biologist, who died in a tragic accident last October.

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Mexican wolf reintroduction project news: May 2010

[large thumbnail url=”mexican-wolf-reintroduction-project-news-may-2010″ filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”06″ day=”08″] [thumbnail icon url=”mexican-wolf-reintroduction-project-news-may-2010″ filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”06″ day=”08″] The following is a summary of Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project activities in Arizona on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNF) and Fort Apache Indian Reservation (FAIR) and in New Mexico on the Apache National Forest (ANF) and Gila National Forest (GNF).

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Feds: Mexican gray wolf program “at risk of failure”

[large thumbnail url=”feds-mexican-gray-wolf-program-at-risk-of-failure” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”06″ day=”07″] [thumbnail icon url=”feds-mexican-gray-wolf-program-at-risk-of-failure” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”06″ day=”07″] A report released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service now believes that the current reintroduction program for Mexican gray wolves risking failure and concludes that the program now needs to pursue full recovery.

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Scientists studying evidence of wolves in Colorado

[large thumbnail url=”scientists-studying-evidence-of-wolves-in-colorado” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”25″] [thumbnail icon url=”scientists-studying-evidence-of-wolves-in-colorado” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”25″] Paul Day of CBS 4 in Denver, CO, wrote a story talking about the investigation scientists are undertaking to confirm the presence of wolves on the High Lonesome Ranch in Western Colorado.

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Rare captive-bred red wolf pups head into North Carolina wild

[large thumbnail url=”rare-captive-bred-red-wolf-pups-head-into-north-carolina-wild” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”25″] [thumbnail icon url=”rare-captive-bred-red-wolf-pups-head-into-north-carolina-wild” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”25″] Six red wolf pups were born in captivity in the middle of April and two of those wolf pups were picked to head out to North Carolina to become foster pups of a wild wolf mom.

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Wolf survival analysis showing successes and struggles

[large thumbnail url=”wolf-survival-analysis-showing-successes-and-struggles” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”21″] [thumbnail icon url=”wolf-survival-analysis-showing-successes-and-struggles” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”21″] Brett French, writing for the Billings Gazette reports a survival analysis report for Idaho, Wyoming and Montana shows that while mortality rates are at 25 percent with most of that being caused by humans, wolves are overall doing well.

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Science: Wolves are survivors

[large thumbnail url=”science-wolves-are-survivors” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”18″] [thumbnail icon url=”science-wolves-are-survivors” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”18″] Dr. Reese Halter, conservation biologist at Cal Lutheran University, public speaker and founder of the international conservation institute Global Forest Science, wrote a thoughtful and informative article regarding wolves.

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Monthly update: Mexican gray wolf reintroduction project

[large thumbnail url=”monthly-update-mexican-gray-wolf-reintroduction-project” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”12″] [thumbnail icon url=”monthly-update-mexican-gray-wolf-reintroduction-project” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”12″] Each month the Arizona Fish and Game Department releases a report for the Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program. Here’s the report for April 1-30, 2010.

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Latest science has changed wolf recovery targets

[large thumbnail url=”latest-science-has-changed-wolf-recovery-targets” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”06″] [thumbnail icon url=”latest-science-has-changed-wolf-recovery-targets” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”06″] Ed Bangs, USFWS wolf recovery coordinator, acknowledged that more recent science has led to a change in the recovery targets for wolves since their reintroduction began in the mid 1990s.

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Study: Wolves will eat salmon if ungulate prey is scarce

[large thumbnail url=”study-wolves-will-eat-salmon-if-ungulate-prey-is-scarce” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”04″] [thumbnail icon url=”study-wolves-will-eat-salmon-if-ungulate-prey-is-scarce” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”04″] The Denali wolves are subject to many studies, but one of the most recent shows that wolves will resort to eating fish in areas where their more traditional prey is only available in limited numbers.

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Wolf pups born in zoo headed to wild

[large thumbnail url=”wolf-pups-born-in-zoo-headed-to-wild” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”03″] [thumbnail icon url=”wolf-pups-born-in-zoo-headed-to-wild” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”03″] In a bold move, which has succeeded in the past, two endangered red wolf pups are going to be placed with a pair of wild wolves who are nursing some pups of their own.

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Study: Wolves make few unnecessary elk kills

[large thumbnail url=”study-wolves-make-few-unnecessary-elk-kills” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”04″ day=”29″] [thumbnail icon url=”study-wolves-make-few-unnecessary-elk-kills” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”04″ day=”29″] In a not too surprising multi-year study, researchers discover that wolves rarely kill more elk than they can eat.

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Isle Royale wolves declining while moose hold steady

[large thumbnail url=”isle-royale-wolves-declining-while-moose-hold-steady” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”04″ day=”26″] [thumbnail icon url=”isle-royale-wolves-declining-while-moose-hold-steady” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”04″ day=”26″] While both wolves and moose have been struggling in recent times on Isle Royale, home of the longest study of it’s kind, it is wolves who are faring the worst, while moose seem to be holding steady.

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Detangling the subspecies controversy

[large thumbnail url=”detangling-the-subspecies-controversy” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”04″ day=”22″] [thumbnail icon url=”detangling-the-subspecies-controversy” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”04″ day=”22″] There is a great deal of confusion over the number of subspecies of the gray wolf, which lived where, which should live where and the differences between them.

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Reality Check: Western Wolves and Parasites

[large thumbnail url=”reality-check-western-wolves-and-parasites” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”03″ day=”15″] [thumbnail icon url=”reality-check-western-wolves-and-parasites” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”03″ day=”15″] The International Wolf Center talks to renowned wolf biologist David Mech about the wolf and parasite controversy.

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Lone wolf: Scientist has spent 50 years studying Arctic wolves

[large thumbnail url=”lone-wolf-scientist-has-spent-50-years-studying-arctic-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”02″ day=”24″] [thumbnail icon url=”lone-wolf-scientist-has-spent-50-years-studying-arctic-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”02″ day=”24″] Margaret Webb Pressler writes an article for the Washington Post about L. David Mech, wolf expert and senior research scientist for the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Research: Introducing wolves help to improve damaged ecosystems

[large thumbnail url=”research-introducing-wolves-help-to-improve-damaged-ecosystems” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”02″ day=”04″] [thumbnail icon url=”research-introducing-wolves-help-to-improve-damaged-ecosystems” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”02″ day=”04″] Researchers published in the February issue of BioScience suggests that introducing tightly controlled wolf populations in to damaged ecosystems could both restore that ecosystem and improve the public image of wolves.

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