Wolves, Coyotes, Dingos, and Dogs

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Some of the Pacific Northwest’s Wolves Have Coastal Genes

Wolves were wiped out in Washington State in the early 20th century—the victims of bounty hunting as ranching and farming expanded in the state. Over …

Forests

Could Chernobyl Wolves Be Spreading Mutations?

Animals<p>A new study raises the possibility that Chernobyl's wolves could spread radiation-caused mutations to other European wolf populations.<p>Wild animals have free range around northern Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear plant, the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident, which spread radiation …

Wildlife

Wyoming Expands Controversial Wolf Hunting Season

The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission approved an expanded wolf hunting season Wednesday, with a goal of reducing the population to the bare minimum …

Reward offered after brutal wolf murder in Germany

It's the canine crime of the century: A wolf was murdered by gunshot, tied to a concrete weight and dumped in a lake. Killing a wolf is a crime, and …

America's Oldest Dog Discovery Helps Solve Canine DNA Riddle

Science & Innovation<p>Think your pup has something in common with dogs that roamed the Americas 10,000 years ago? It may, but not in the way you think.<p>Some 10,000 years ago, in what is now Koster, Illinois, a dog died. Its adopted group of hunter gatherers carefully laid the pup to rest in its own …

Native Dogs of the Americas Were Wiped Out by European Colonization

Ancient dogs arrived in the Americas alongside humans more than 10,000 years ago but were later wiped out by European colonization, a new study …

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Scientist?

You might not guess from looking at him that Rob Wielgus was until recently a tenured professor of wildlife ecology. Wielgus likes to spend time in the backwoods of the American West that lie off the edge of most tourist maps, and he dresses the part: motorcycle leathers, tattoos on both forearms, …

Wildlife

Chernobyl's Radioactive 'Wildlife Preserve' Spawns Growing Wolf Population

Gray wolves from the radioactive forbidden zone around the nuclear disaster site of Chernobyl are now roaming out into the rest of the world, raising …

Rule to Allow Hunting Could Doom Rare Red Wolves

Wildlife experts aren’t keen on a plan by the government to allow private landowners to shoot wolves living on their land.<p>The red wolf, which once roamed all the way from Texas to New York, has dwindled to a wild population of around 35, found only in one peninsula in eastern North Carolina. On …

Interior plans to let people to kill endangered red wolves

In a proposal that would essentially end a 30-year effort to reestablish critically endangered American red wolves in North Carolina, the Interior Department on Wednesday announced a plan that would allow private landowners to kill wolves that stray onto their property from a protected federal …

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Oregon authorizes killing of wolves after attacks on cattle

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has authorized a rancher in Eastern Oregon to kill a wolf or wolves that have attacked his cattle …

A pack of wolves is about to save this national park

With any luck, a boatload of predators is headed to Isle Royale.<p>When a Chicago man brought his sick dog on a fishing trip to Isle Royale National Park, he set off the outbreak of a virus that would devastate the island’s wolves. The disease, canine parvovirus, “went through the population of wolves …

Wildlife

True Identity of Mysterious Montana "Direwolf" Revealed by DNA Analysis

It's not the stuff of 'Game of Thrones' legend after all.<p>Sorry, <i>Game of Thrones</i> fans. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced on Monday that the …

Gray Wolf Shows Up In Nevada County, Expanding Historic Range

A gray wolf from Oregon has wandered into Nevada County, marking the farthest south in California that the species has been known to roam.<p>The …

APNewsBreak: Agency considers dropping wolf protections

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The federal government is considering another attempt to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species.<p>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday told The Associated Press it has begun a …

Wolf Mountain Nature Center

A chance to see wolves, coyotes, and arctic foxes in a natural environment in New York.<p>Situated on 60 acres of land in the hills of New York state, …

How to achieve a peaceful coexistence between wolves and humans

The persecution of wolves in order to remove them from human settlements has culminated in their near-disappearance in numerous European countries, …

Here’s why there are so many coyotes and why they are spreading so fast

For eons, coyotes roamed what is now the western United States, with its wide-open plains. Then came European settlers, who cut down forests for farms and ranches in a steady east-west march. Along the way, they killed large predators such as pumas and wolves to protect livestock and for their own …

Wildlife

How coyotes conquered the continent

Coyotes now live across North America, from Alaska to Panama, California to Maine. But where they came from, and when, has been debated for decades. …

Wolf researcher who accused WSU of silencing him gets $300K to settle lawsuit and go away

A WSU wolf researcher takes the payment to go away in the settlement of a lawsuit over academic freedom.

Wolves Are Losing Ground to Industrial Logging in Southeast Alaska

By Faith Rudebusch<p>For 12,000 years, wolves have roamed Southeast Alaska's rugged Alexander Archipelago—a 300-mile stretch of more than 1,000 islands …

Our Films: Inside the Heart of Wolf Advocacy- The Yellowstone Story – Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin

A film that presents the viewer with a complete picture of what it means to advocate for an imperiled species protected within Yellowstone National …

Wild wolf shot and killed in Denmark

One of the first wild wolves to roam free in Denmark for 200 years has been shot and killed, threatening the survival of the species in the country.<p>Two naturalists who were observing the wolves captured the moment the animal was shot on camera. The film has sparked outrage.<p>The footage appears to …

Raised by Wolves

The First Domestication: How Wolves and Humans Coevolved<p>by Raymond Pierotti and Brandy R. Fogg<p>Yale University Press, 326 pp., $38.00<p>What It’s Like to …

Ice Age

Researchers from the New Guinea Highland Wild Dog Foundation, Inc. located at least 15 New Guinea highland wild dogs. This is the first confirmed …

Government: Wild red wolf population could soon be wiped out

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The only wild population of endangered red wolves is unsustainable and could be wiped out within a decade after dwindling to a few dozen, government officials said in a report Tuesday.<p>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service review of the species' status estimates that only about 40 …

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One man’s plan to let wolves roam free in the Highlands

The echoes of Scotland’s predator prince faded into silence three centuries ago. The wolf was once lord of these Sutherland slopes and the forest floors beneath and now a voice in the wilderness is calling him home.<p>Paul Lister acquired the Alladale estate, 50 miles north of Inverness, in 2003 and …

Wildlife

Montreal residents warned: 'Don't take selfies with coyotes'

Montreal residents are receiving a word of warning from wildlife experts in the wake of increased coyote sightings: the animals are not your …

Wildlife