Join us for Winter Wolves Saturday, January 16!

Bicho Out Standing on the Frozen PondWolf Park’s Winter Wolves
Saturday, January 16, 2016
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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Wild Wolves Settle in Kampinos National Park in Poland

A young male wolf is captured by a hidden wildlife camera in Kampinos National Park in Poland.  (Source: Kampinoski Park Narodowy)

A young male wolf is captured by a hidden wildlife camera in Kampinos National Park in Poland. (Source: Kampinoski Park Narodowy)

In Kampinos National Park, near Warsaw, Poland, park employees are seeing signs of the first wolves to settle there since the country wiped out the park’s wolf population in 1964 via a government-sponsored hunt.  The wolf has been on Poland’s list of endangered species since the 1990s, and have resettled some areas; there are currently approximately 1,000 wolves in Poland.

Wolves have been spotted in Kampinos off and on since 2013, but appeared to be just passing through.  Now, however, there appear to be several wolves in the park and they appear to have settled in.  A hidden camera recently snapped a photo of a young male wolf, and another wolf was seen drinking at a watering hole in September.

“We’re really happy,” said Magdalena Kamińska, spokeswoman for Kampinos National Park, Poland’s second largest at 150sq miles (385sq km). “The fact that wolves have returned to our park, from which they completely disappeared in the 1960s, means that nature is in good health and is renewing itself.”

Original article can be read (in Polish) here.

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Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Updates – October 1-31, 2015

Mexican WolvesThe Arizona Game and Fish Department/USFWS has released October 2015 updates for the Mexican Gray Wolf Reintroduction Project.  Currently there are approximately 110 Mexican gray wolves in the wild, including 45 wolves with functional radio collars.  These collared wolves are dispersed among 21 packs and two single wolves.  Pup counts are continuing for 2015, but so far the Interagency Field Team (IFT) has counted 43 pups in 11 packs.

In Arizona, wolf f1443 was captured and collared, and M1394 was re-collared.  A diversionary food cache was set up for the Panther Creek Pack (F1339 and M1394) to reduce potential conflicts with livestock.  M1161’s collar has likely failed; he has not been sighted this month.

In New Mexico, F1444 and F923 of the Dark Canyon Pack were collared and re-collared, respectively.  Wolves were collared in the Lava Pack (M1285, F1295), the Prieto Pack (f1392) and the Luna Pack (M1285, F1295, newly collared m1398).  Diversionary food caches were maintained for the Lava Pack.

No wolf mortalities were documented during October, although m1350 in New Mexico was not located during October and is considered “fate unknown”.

There were two livestock depredation reports, one on the FAIR, one near Centerfire Creek in New Mexico.  Both involved cattle who were determined by the IFT to have been killed by wolves.

For the full report, including explanation of the wolf identification/numbering system, click here.  A map of the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Area is available here, and a map of the 2014 Mexican wolf home ranges is here.

For past updates, click here.

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Alison Franklin Animal Care Center Completed

We can’t believe it!  It’s done!  (Well, the outside, anyway.  Now we get to furnish it!)  A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Thursday, November 12.  Have some video!

Original article available here.

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USFWS Continues Plans for Mexican Wolf Releases in NM

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A Mexican gray wolf at the California Wolf Center. Photo Source: Monty Sloan

Despite opposition from the New Mexico Game and Fish Department and NM governor Susana Martinez, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is continuing plans to release additional Mexican gray wolves into the wilds of southwestern New Mexico in 2016.

Mexican gray wolves have been released into the wild by the USFWS in small numbers since 1998.  New Mexico Game and Fish Department Director Alexandra Sandoval refused in August to issue a permit for the release of further animals, stating that the USFWS did not provide sufficient information concerning the effect of the release on local deer and elk populations, and citing concerns from ranchers about wolf predation on livestock.  The USFWS appealed the decision, but the New Mexico State Game Commission, whose members are appointed by the Republican governor, unanimously rejected the appeal at a meeting on September 29.

After the appeal meeting, Sherry Barrett, Mexican Wolf Coordinator for the USFWS, provided the Albuquerque Journal with a written statement indicating that, while it is USFWS policy to comply with state permit requirements, it retains as an option the release of wolves without New Mexico’s permission.

The USFWS has not yet publicly announced firm plans for an upcoming release, but sent an internal memo about its decision Wednesday to members of the Mexican Wolf Recovery Team.

The original article can be found here.

 

 

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Why Is That Dog Looking At Me?

Image source: Monique Udell

Image source: Monique Udell

Check out some of the fascinating research done at Wolf Park!

Why Is That Dog Looking At Me?

More than one experiment has made some things pretty clear. Dogs look at humans much more than wolves do. Wolves tend to put their nose to the Tupperware [container holding the food treat] and keep at it. This evidence has led to the unsurprising conclusion that dogs are more socially connected to humans and wolves more self-reliant.

Once you get beyond the basics, however, agreement is elusive.

Click on the link above to see how Dr. Monique Udell’s recent research paper, referenced in the article, indicates the differences in how socialized (hand raised) wolves and pet dogs deal with problems they can’t immediately solve on their own (tough-to-open containers of food) while in the presence of humans.  Some of the research was performed at Wolf Park!  Our critters had a lot of fun trying to open her containers (and occasionally peeing on them)….can you recognize the Wolf Park wolf pictured above, who participated in the research?

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Alison Franklin Animal Care Center In Progress

The Alison Franklin Animal Care Center, named after the late wife of one of Wolf Park’s longest-standing supporters, began construction Thursday, August 13.  Here are some in-progress photos from the past couple weeks!  Many thanks to everyone helping with the work!

The new facility, funded via a generous $200,000 donation by Ed Franklin, will be equipped with a surgical suite and indoor and outdoor recovery areas, and will also have facilities for hand-rearing of wolf pups.

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First Wolf Pack in 100 Years Forms in California

The pups of the Shasta Pack in California.  Image Source: CDFW.

The pups of the Shasta Pack in California. Image Source: CDFW.

Trail cameras near the one which captured evidence of a lone wolf in Siskiyou County, California, in May and July have recorded evidence of five pups, which appear to be a few months old, and two adults.  The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has christened the group the Shasta Pack.

Because of the proximity to the original trail camera locations, it is likely that the adult photographed in May and June is a member of this family group.

“This news is exciting for California,” said Charlton H. Bonham, CDFW director. “We knew wolves would eventually return home to the state and it appears now is the time.”

California has not had a wild wolf population since the early 1900sOR-7, a male wolf dispersing from Oregon, briefly passed through California in late 2011, but eventually left the state and is now the breeding male of the Rogue Pack in southern Oregon.

Gray wolves are listed as endangered under the California Endangered Species Act (as of 2014) and are also listed as endangered under the Federal Endangered Species Act.  Gray wolves in California are protected by both these laws, making it illegal to harass, harm, hunt or kill them in that state.

The CDFW is completing a draft wolf management plan for the state and will release it soon.

The original article may be found here.

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Join Us for “The Human-Animal Bond” with Beth Duman in March 2016!

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“The Human-Animal Bond – Exploring New Dimensions in Training”

March 11-13, 2016

Current research is showing us that wolves and dogs have mental gifts far surpassing our earlier expectations. This interactive, hands-on seminar/workshop will explore new ways we can relate more effectively and build stronger bonds with our canine companions while improving our teaching skills. We’ll explore mimicry training (“Do as I Do” and “Like Me”), platform work, teaching veterinary handling, Bond-Based Choice Teaching® and other cutting-edge ways of communication.

The seminar/workshop will include multiple opportunities to mingle with the wolves as well as time to practice new skills with Wolf Park staff dogs. Register early as space is limited!

Sign up today!

Beth Duman received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and has over 30 years of experience in canine behavior, physiology, and ecology. She has worked extensively with domestic dogs, wolf/dog hybrids, captive wolves and has also researched wild wolves.

Wolf Park’s behavior seminars are unforgettable, one-of-a-kind experiences with knowledgeable staff and socialized wolves.  They are incredible ways to jump start a career with animals or to add knowledge or new techniques to an established career.  If you’ve never been to one, now’s the time!  Sign up now on our web site, call (765) 567-2265, or email wolfpark@wolfpark.org for more information.

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Ground Breaks on Alison Franklin Animal Care Center Thursday, August 13

Clearing ground for the Alison Franklin Animal Care Center.  Photo: Monty Sloan

Clearing ground for the Alison Franklin Animal Care Center. Photo: Monty Sloan

Work is about to start on Wolf Park’s newest addition, an on-site veterinary care center which will allow for significantly improved care for the animals.  The Alison Franklin Animal Care Center, named after the late wife of one of Wolf Park’s longest-standing supporters, will officially begin construction Thursday, August 13 at 4:00 pm.  The public is invited to attend.  (Regular admission applies.)

The facility, funded via a generous $200,000 donation by Ed Franklin, will be equipped with a surgical suite and indoor and outdoor recovery areas, and will also have facilities for hand-rearing of wolf pups.  Wolf Park also plans to use the facility for the education of veterinary students, working in collaboration with the Park’s veterinarian.

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