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 2, 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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Join Us For Winter Wolves January 17!

More of Wotan Posing with a Face Covered in SnowWolf Park’s Winter Wolves
Saturday, January 17, 2015
1:00—4:00 PM

Join us for a day of fun at Wolf Park featuring the wolves in their glorious full winter coats!  Hot drinks will be available indoors so that visitors can warm up in between activities, which will include games and a butchering demonstration.

January is a great time to see the wolves, since they love the cold and tend to be active and howling all day long, unlike those long hot summer afternoons they spend napping.  When the pond is frozen over, the wolves skate and play on the ice.

Winter Wolves is a great time for families to come visit us — there is something for everyone!

For more information call (765)567-2265 or email wolfpark@wolfpark.org.

Adults $8; kids 6-13 $6; kids under 5 and Members FREE! Return for Howl Night at 7:30—a “combo ticket” will get you into both sessions for only $14 for adults; $10 for kids 6-13. For more information call (765)567-2265 or email wolfpark@wolfpark.org.

WINTER HOURS (January to May): Wolf Park is OPEN every Saturday night at 7:30 for our Howl Night program.

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Santa Visits Wolf Park Saturday, December 13!

Santa Visits Wolf Park
Saturday December 13, 2014
1:00—4:00 pm

Wolf Park is hosting a holiday party for the wolves (and for kids too!) from 1-4 pm on Saturday, December 13.  The public is invited to watch as the wolves receive their specially decorated trees. The trees will be covered with edible treats the wolves enjoy, such as hot dogs, spam,  pepperoni, cheese whiz and spaghetti.

Following the presentation, children are invited to go indoors and see Santa.  (We hear he takes requests!)

Do all of your holiday shopping for the animal lovers on your list at Wolf Park or shop online at shop.wolfpark.org.  We offer many $20 or less gift items!

Want to visit Santa in the afternoon and then return for our Howl Night program?  Our “combo ticket” will get you into both for only $14 for adults and $ 10 for kids 6-13.  Members and kids 5 and under FREE. Just ask for the combo ticket when you arrive, and show your receipt when you return for Howl Night at 7:30!  For more information, call (756)567-2265 or email wolfpark@wolfpark.org.

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Join Us For The Turkey Toss This Saturday!

Wolf Park's 2011 Turkey TossJoin us for the Thanksgiving Turkey Toss
Saturday, November 28

Wolf Park will be open from 1:00-5:00 pm
Toss for main pack starts at 4:00 pm

meijerlogoWolf Park’s environmental enrichment program strives to make life more interesting and novel for both our ambassador animals and the humans who love visiting them!  We present novel foods, items, and experiences to our animals to make their lives as interesting as possible.  Visit us on Saturday, November 28 to watch our wolves, foxes, and coyotes receive (raw, animal-safe) Thanksgiving turkeys, generously donated by Meijer!

Admission: Adults $8.00, kids 6-13 $6.00, kids 5 and under and Wolf Park members free

For more information please contact the Wolf Park office at (765) 567-2265!

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Canid Sighted Near Grand Canyon Confirmed To Be Gray Wolf

The photo taken by a tourist is courtesy of the Center for Biological Diversity.

The animal sighted near the Grand Canyon in October 2014.  This photo, taken by a tourist, is courtesy of the Center for Biological Diversity.

The canid recently sighted in the Kaibab Plateau area near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon has been confirmed to be a female gray wolf through genetic testing of its scat.  The wolf appears to be wearing a nonfunctional radio collar and likely traveled at least 450 miles from the Northern Rockies.

The official press release from the USFWS is available here.

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USFWS Review of Red Wolf Recovery Program Available Online

Captive female red wolf at Sandy Ridge.  Photo source: R. Nordsven/USFWS.

Captive female red wolf at Sandy Ridge. Photo source: R. Nordsven/USFWS.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service’s independent review, conducted by the Wildlife Management Institute, of the Red Wolf Recovery Program is now available online.

The review focused on three elements of the recovery program — the supporting science, management of the program, and the “human dimensions” of the program.  WMI interviewed many participants in the program, including FWS and North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission employees, commissioned relevant literature reviews, and conducted public meetings and surveys to form its opinion of the recovery program.  The review is not a decision document of any kind.  It is intended to help the FWS analyze the success of the program, and plan for its future.

Highlights of the review include:

  • Concerns remain over the taxonomy of red wolves as a species.  WMI believes the current FWS placeholder management strategy is a “valid conceptual technique” to reduce gene transmission between coyote and red wolf populations, but is concerned that the strategy has not been completely analyzed and reviewed.
  • The science of population monitoring for red wolves is still growing.  FWS continues to modify and enhance their monitoring techniques, with hopes that the effort will provide more accurate information on red wolf population dynamics.
  • WMI does not believe that the current red wolf management area is of sufficient size to reach the program’s original population recovery goals.  It recommends establishment of two new recovery areas.  This would require management of local coyote populations to reduce gene transmission between species.
  • Management for the program has been “inadequate”, although local staff “did their best” to “make it work”.  WMI “expected greater oversight and support for a landmark recovery program involving one of the most imperiled canids in the world,” and recommends a review of the plan to incorporate new knowledge and experience from the 5 county restoration area, focusing on the problem areas listed above.
  • WMI does not feel that the program has put sufficient effort into community outreach and public education.  While FWS met with individual landowners, no effort was observed to reach the entire landowner population in the restoration area.  WMI believes the lack of public awareness of the program has led to “an atmosphere of distrust” within the community, which has intensified due to recent injunctions on coyote hunting in the recovery area.

The full review is available here.

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