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2008-07-19 00:40:00

Endangered species protection for gray wolves in the Northern Rockies was restored on Friday by a federal judge, spoiling plans by three different states to hold public wolf hunts in the fall. A preliminary injunction granted by U.S. District Judge Donald Malloy will restore the protections for the wolves in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. Molloy will eventually decide whether the injunction should be permanent. An estimated 2,000 gray wolves are said to inhabit the region. In March, they...

2008-07-18 21:00:18

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: Suzanne Asha Stone, +1-208-424-9385, +1-208-861-4655, or Erin McCallum, +1-202-772-3217, +1-610-207-5209, both of Defenders of Wildlife MISSOULA, Mont., July 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Judge Donald Molloy of the U.S. District Court in Missoula granted a preliminary injunction placing gray wolves in the Northern Rockies region back under federal protection until a court case challenging the removal of wolves from the federal list of endangered...

2008-07-10 12:00:46

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., July 10 /PRNewswire/ -- British wolf expert Shaun Ellis has become famous -- or possibly infamous -- for his unprecedented experiences embedded in a wolfpack. By studying the behaviors and social structures of these canine creatures, Shaun hopes to promote a greater human understanding of wolves while helping to regrow wolf populations. For years, he has been sleeping, eating and brawling with a pack of captive wolves at Combe Martin Wildlife Park in Devon, England,...

2008-06-03 15:40:00

The efforts of one British businessman to re-introduce wolves and bears into his estate in the Scottish Highlands is raising concerns from some farmers and neighboring landowners.Paul Lister, 49, the son of the founder of UK furniture retailer MFI, spent $31,630 buying a pair of moose in Sweden and flying them to Scotland. The moose, named Hulda and Hercules, currently roam Lister's 450-acre enclosure in the Alladale wilderness reserve alongside wild boar.Lister hopes to restore the...

2008-03-30 00:00:00

Gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains no longer have immunity to hunters in the region, as the Federal Endangered Species Act protection was removed on Friday. The news has encouraged environmentalists to draw up plans to sue the federal government next month in hopes of extending the protection of approximately 1,500 gray wolves. Last month, Lynn Scarlett, Deputy Secretary of the Interior said the gray wolf population was thriving and no longer required the protection of the Endangered...

2008-03-20 08:24:20

Coyotes are one of nature's most adaptive species, able to thrive in different settings and survive on many diets. In the past 15 years, coyote populations have exploded in the northeastern United States as a result of humans eliminating native wolves from the region. Scientists now are studying coyotes, opportunistic omnivores, to unravel mysteries such as why the average body size of a northeastern coyote is larger than their brethren elsewhere. Researchers also want to...

2008-03-03 16:19:05

Fewer wolves may mean fewer pronghorn in greater Yellowstone As western states debate removing the gray wolf from protection under the Endangered Species Act, a new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society cautions that doing so may result in an unintended decline in another species: the pronghorn, a uniquely North American animal that resembles an African antelope. The study, appearing in the latest issue of the journal Ecology, says that fewer wolves mean more coyotes, which can prey...

2008-02-22 06:00:00

Following a 13 year restoration effort, 1,500 Gray wolves now inhabit the Northern Rocky Mountain states of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, and federal authorities say the wolves will now be removed from the official endangered species list.   Gray wolves were almost completely exterminated in the United States a hundred years ago, and the successful restoration represents a dramatic turnaround for the animals. "Gray wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains are thriving and no longer...

2008-02-14 13:45:00

A new study by the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society found that jack rabbits living in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem have apparently hopped into oblivion. The study, which appears in the latest issue of the journal Oryx, also speculates that the disappearance of jack rabbits may be having region-wide impacts on a variety of other prey species and their predators. According to the study, historical records from more than 130 years ago indicate that white-tailed jack rabbits...

2008-02-09 09:05:00

Going back three decades or so, foxes had a pretty sweet deal in the East. Two species, red fox and gray fox, were the only wild canine predators present. They could claim that exclusive status since red wolves were persecuted out of business by people somewhere back in the 1800s. During the 1970s, however, Western-native coyotes little by little immigrated east, spreading their range into the vacuum left by the red wolf. Since then, coyotes have occupied virtually all of the eastern United...

Latest Gray Wolf Reference Libraries

Beast of Gevaudan
2013-08-04 06:59:16

The beast of Gevaudan is a man-eating wolf-like animal that resided in the Margeride Mountains of Gevaudan from 1764 to 1767. It was described as having remarkable teeth and long tail. Its fur was tinted white and emitted an unbearable odor. It was said that its victims were killed by the beast ripping at the throat. An estimated 210 attacks were documented; all were men that resulted in 113 deaths and 49 injuries with 98 of the victims partly eaten. Many of the attacks happened while...

Caspian Seal
2013-04-30 14:10:47

The Caspian seal (Pusa caspica) is one of the smallest species in the true seal family that is native only to the Caspian Sea.  It can be seen on shorelines, rocky islands, and ice blocks that occur throughout the sea. In warmer months, these seals will inhabit northern areas of this range, but in colder months, they inhabit cooler waters and the mouths of the Ural and Volga rivers. It is thought that these seals only occur in the Caspian Sea because they moved there during the Quaternary...

Muskox, Ovibos moschatus
2012-10-01 10:05:00

The muskox (Ovibos moschatus), also known as the musk ox, is native to the Arctic areas of Canada, United Sates, and Greenland. Populations have been introduced into Norway, Sweden, and Siberia, but these are small. There was a population in Antarctica, but it was wiped out due to hunting and climate change, which caused its habitat to decline. Despite this, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service introduced a new population onto Nunivak Island in Antarctica, as a means of supported...

2008-05-21 11:55:40

The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog originated as an experiment in 1955 in the former Czech Republic. The breed was created by breeding a German Shepherd with a Carpathian Wolf, in attempts to create a "wolfdog" which blended the qualities of a dog and a wolf. The breed looks the part. The build of the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog, as well as its hair are wolf-like. The color of its coat is gray, with either a yellow or silver tint and a light mask. Its hair is straight and thick. The breed stands over...

2007-12-21 13:40:21

The Southern-East Asian Wolf (Canis lupus pallipes), also known as the Turkish or Iranian Wolf, is a subspecies of Gray Wolf which ranges from Northern Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Iran. Israel seems to be the last hope for the Southern-East Asian Wolf's survival in the Middle East because it is the only country in the region where they have legal protection. There are between 150-250 wolves all over northern and central Israel. The biggest dangers to the wolves in...

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