Gray Wolf Shot in Utah Confirmed to Be Wolf Sighted Near Grand Canyon

11 - Nov - WP184232DNA Analysis Complete for Wolf Killed in Utah

Extensive DNA analysis performed by the University of Idaho has confirmed that the gray wolf shot in Utah on December 28, 2014 is the same animal which was sighted in the Grand Canyon area during fall of the same year.

Geneticists from the Laboratory for Ecological, Evolutionary, and Conservation Genetics compared DNA from the shot wolf with samples taken from the Grand Canyon wolf.  The results confirmed that it was the same animal.  The US Fish and Wildlife service identified the animal as 914F, collared near Cody, Wyoming on January 8, 2014.

Investigation into the death of 914F, also known as “Echo,” continues.  The animal was shot by a hunter who claimed he believed it to be a coyote.  The gray wolf is listed as “endangered”, and is protected under the Endangered Species Act, in southern Utah, but a commonly-invoked loophole (the “McKittrick Policy“) often protects those who do not believe they are shooting a protected species from legal ramifications.

Original article available here.

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Join Us for our Open House Saturday, March 7!

Bicho & Kanti Squishing Their Heads TogetherJoin us for the Wolf Park Open House Saturday, March 7, 2015, 1—4 p.m!

Wolf Park invites individuals, families, and organizations to make tracks to Battle Ground to see what we are all about!   Many people know that we have wolf Howl Nights — but they may not be aware that we have kids camps, volunteer opportunities, photography shoots, internships and in-depth seminars on wolf behavior that are perfect for dog and wolf lovers.

On Saturday March 7th we will be open from 1-4 p.m. and offer FREE ADMISSION to all visitors, so that everyone can come out and learn about how Wolf Park furthers its mission of research, education and conservation.

There will be guided tours of the park, feeding and handling demonstrations, and staff and volunteers on hand to answer questions.

For more information call us weekdays at 765-567-2265.

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Thanks to Our January Contributors!

As part of the Lilly Endowments Matching Campaign at the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, you, our beloved supporters, have raised nearly $3,000 to support Wolf Park!  THANK YOU SO MUCH!

cgfllogoThe Community Foundation will continue to match donations made through the Foundation until its funds are gone.  We are competing with other groups for these limited funds, so, if you have not already donated, please do so now, and tell your friends to donate too!  Be sure to donate via the link below — donating directly through the Foundation ensures that your gift will be matched!

If you haven’t already, please
Donate today!

Thank you to the extremely generous people who donated in January!  Your support is essential to our existence, and we appreciate it deeply.  Thank you so very, very much!

Jan Alaska
Carol Badgett-Fox
Eileen J Brown
Robert Burgett
Dominique Canada
James Cansdale
Jill E Castellano
Marjory Dahm
Debra Davidson
Marjorie Davis
Kathy Erikson
Carma Fazio
Anna Ferguson
Joan E Ford
M Frank
Judith Hedderick
Susan Helwig
Cortney Hoese

John James
Dennis Kieffer
Elana Kritikos
Jane Lacher
Barbara Liszeo
Mario Monzo
Sara Mussmann
Maureen O’Dowd
Jennifer Peel
Marsha Penner
Lori Robinson
Denise Debby
Christina Shipano
Debra Steinhauer
L Doris Voelker Jackson
Raymond Weishaar
Jennifer Young

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Research from Wolf Park: Assessment of Attachment Behavior to Human Caregivers in Wolf Pups

"Mama's Boy"Researchers from the University of Florida Canine Cognition and Behavior Lab, working along with Wolf Park’s human “puppy mothers” during the hand-raising of Wolf Park’s litters of new pups over multiple years, have demonstrated that wolf pups, like dog pups, show signs of attachment to their human caregivers.  Like all research done at Wolf Park, this research was non-invasive and did not bother the puppies in any way.  The article has been published in the journal Behavioural Processes.

Full text of article available here.
Download the PDF here.

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Wolf Park is Hiring a Development and Marketing Coordinator!

Fiona Posing on a LogWolf Park is seeking an enthusiastic new team member for our Development and Marketing Coordinator to begin in March 2015!

The Development and Marketing Coordinator is responsible for the management and coordination of all Wolf Park’s fundraising and publicity events, such as the Walk for Wolves and Brew on the Bridge. Additionally, this position is responsible for the development and implementation of marketing and public relations plans and the maintenance of the funding database for Wolf Park.

The position can be part-time or full-time and requires a Bachelor’s Degree; 2 or more years of experience in event planning and organization; excellent written and verbal communication skills; knowledge of social media tools. Occasional evening and weekend event work is required.

This position is part of a team that coordinates projects with other staff and volunteers to attract funding and promoting the mission of Wolf Park.

To apply send your résumé to WolfParkDevelopment2015@gmail.com Attn: Dana Drenzek, Managing Director. The complete job description is available at www.wolfpark.org.

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Wolf Park Receives Matching Donations Via Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette

klinghammerThe Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette has teamed with Wolf Park to make your donation to the Erich Klinghammer Memorial Endowment Fund even bigger!

Until March 31, 2015 (or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first), the CFGL will match 50% of donations made to the Endowment Fund, so, if you donate $20 to the Fund, Wolf Park will actually receive $30!

Donate today!
We are competing with other recipients for limited funds!

To get your donation matched through this program, please donate through the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette.  Click here to donate directly to the CFGL via PayPal.

cgfllogoYou can also donate by mail!  Make your check payable to the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette. Please write “Wolf Park Fund” on the memo line and mail to:1114 E State Street, Lafayette, IN 47905.

The Erich Klinghammer Endowment was created to give Wolf Park a stable financial footing, enabling it to pursue its mission of public education well into the future.  Ensure that future generations are able to share in the magic of wolves by donating to our endowment fund today!

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Follow Wolf Park’s Interns on Instagram!

scarlette-intern-photoInterested in working at a wildlife facility someday?  Wolf Park’s internship program is an intensive, hands-on introduction to the ins and outs of working at a nonprofit animal facility.  Interns stay at Wolf Park for periods of three months or more, participating in activities ranging from giving tours to doing enclosure maintenance.  Sometimes they even get to meet a wolf!

instagramYou now have an inside track to seeing what our interns are up to — check out photos taken by our current crop of interns on their new Instagram account here!

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Collared Wolf Shot and Killed in Utah

An animal seen north of Grand Canyon on Oct 27, 2014. (Photo Source: Arizona Game and Fish Department)

An animal seen north of Grand Canyon on Oct 27, 2014. (Photo Source: Arizona Game and Fish Department)

A hunter has killed a three-year-old female gray wolf 5 miles east of Beaver, Utah, wildlife officials have confirmed.  The 70-pound animal was wearing a radio collar which indicated it was collared in Cody, Wyoming, in January of 2014.

The hunter called law enforcement officials after noticing the collar.  The hunter says he believed the animal to be a coyote.  Wildlife groups, including the Center for Biological Diversity, are calling for a full investigation, which the US Fish and Wildlife Service says it will conduct.

This is the first documented killing of a gray wolf in Utah since wolves were reintroduced into Idaho and Yellowstone National Park in the mid-1990s.  It is not the first documented sighting of a gray wolf in Utah — a 3-year-old male was found dead in a leg-hold trap in 2006 and another, collared, male was trapped near Morgan in 2002 and returned to Yellowstone.  It is likely that other wolves, as yet undetected, are roaming the state.

For the past two years Utah has offered a $50 bounty on coyotes.  More than 7,000 coyotes were turned in for the reward during the second year of the bounty.

“This is a very sad day for wolf conservation and for Utah. All competent wildlife biologists already know that coyote hunting, including our state bounty program, is ineffective, and therefore a waste of money – and now we see that is is also a threat to other wildlife and to wolf recovery,” said Kirk Robinson, executive director of the Western Wildlife Conservancy, based in Salt Lake City.

It is possible that this animal could be the wolf sighted near the north rim of the Grand Canyon in October, but her identity has not yet been confirmed.  The wolf’s description and the location where she was found — near the southern end of the Tushar Mountains — means she was likely the Grand Canyon wanderer, said Michael Robinson, wolf advocate for the Center for Biological Diversity.

However, other wolves are likely wandering through Utah.  The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is almost 200 miles south of Beaver.  A photo of what appears to be a wolf crossing Highway 14, 70 miles south of Beaver, was taken early in December, and the wolf shot may be the animal in that photograph, said DWR director Greg Sheehan.  Federal officials are comparing the DNA of the wolf shot near Beaver to that of the animal sighted near the Grand Canyon to see if they are the same animal.

Original story may be found here.

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Wolves in Great Lakes States Ordered Returned to Endangered Species List

Fiona Howling by the PondUS District Judge Beryl Howell has thrown out a 2012 decision to remove gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region — including Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin — from the Endangered Species List.  This has immediately ended wolf hunting seasons in all three states.

Wolves in Minnesota were first granted federal protection under the Endangered Species Act in 1978, when there were only a few hundred wolves living in the state, and a small population on Isle Royale in Michigan.  Since that time, the wolf population has expanded, with approximately 4,000 wolves across the Great Lakes region when the animals were removed from the Endangered Species List in 2012.

After the delisting, each Great Lakes state designated federally approved “minimums” for its wolf populations, representing a theoretically scientific estimate of how many wolves the area “should be” sustaining for a healthy population.  The chosen minimums would halve, or more than halve, the population in each state: in Minnesota, the plan allowed the population to drop from 3,000 to 1,600; in Wisconsin, from 782 to 350; and in Michigan, the population could drop from 687 to a minimum of only 200 individuals.  If the population dropped to the minimum, the states agreed to reconsider their management plans.  A number of US federal agencies, including the Forest Service, Geological Survey, and Park Service, planned to monitor wolf populations in the Great Lakes states for a minimum of five years to ensure that populations remained robust.

Since the 2012 delisting, all three states have held at least one hunting season, and Minnesota and Wisconsin have also permitted trapping.  More than 1,500 wolves have been killed during that time, according to Jonathan Lovvorn, senior vice president of the Humane Society of the United States, whose lawsuit prompted Howell’s ruling.  (Read the 2012-2014 post-delisting monitoring annual report from the USFWS here.)  A large percentage of the animals killed during the hunting season were taken with leg hold traps.

Judge Howell rejected claims by the USFWS that states’ management plans — which included hunting practices including snares, bait, calls, trapping, and, in Wisconsin, the use of hunting dogs — were appropriate for maintenance of healthy wolf populations.  Howell found that the delisting of wolves in the Great Lakes states was “arbitrary and capricious”.  Read the entire ruling here.

DNRs in all three states have closed hunting seasons in response to the ruling, but are likely to appeal the decision.  Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Gavin Shire said the agency was disappointed in the decision. “The science clearly shows that wolves are recovered in the Great Lakes region, and we believe the Great Lakes states have clearly demonstrated their ability to effectively manage their wolf populations,” Shire said. “This is a significant step backward.”

The Great Lakes “population segment” is currently considered separate, for purposes of population management, from other wild wolf populations, including those in the Rocky Mountains, and decisions affecting the management of Great Lakes wolves do not affect the management of wolf populations elsewhere.

Read the original article here.

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Wolf Park Welcomes Scarlette The Red Fox!

Scarlette Posing by CornWolf Park proudly announces a new member of the family!

“Scarlette” the red fox comes to us from the Lakeside Nature Center in Kansas City, Missouri.  Kansas City Animal Control released Scarlette to the Nature Center after she was confiscated from her prior owner, who had not obtained the required permits to keep a fox.  She was actually born here in Indiana — her original owner purchased her in Indiana at 10 days of age from a private breeder.

Scarlette was born on May 12, 2014.  So far she loves everybody she meets.  She is already harness and leash trained so she will be able to go on walks and explore the Park with her new human friends.  She also loves laser toys as well as cat toys, rags, and blankets.

Red foxes are omnivorous, which means they’ll at least try to eat pretty much anything, and Scarlette is no exception — she loves sweet things like apples, pears, and cat food, although she does also eat meat.

Scarlette is available for sponsorship!  “Adopt” Scarlette today and you can be one of the founding members of the Scarlette Fan Club!

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