Wolves, Coyotes, Dingos, and Dogs

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Campers in Israel warned after series of wolf attacks

Ten incidents involving wolf bites have been reported over summer in Judean desert<p>Israeli authorities are warning families with young children to take extra care after a series of wolf attacks on campers in the Judean desert.<p>Ten incidents involving wolf bites were reported over the summer around …

Wildlife

Dogs Have Feelings—Here's How We Know

Dogs can be trained to sit and stay in an MRI.<p>Do our pets love us—or just the treats we give them? To find out, Gregory Berns, a neuroscientist at Emory University, trained dogs to go inside an MRI scanner. He managed to map their brains as they responded to different stimuli and describes the …

The Brain

Packs of African Wild Dogs Vote on Group Decisions by Sneezing

The achoos have it.<p>Do pack animals just follow their leader? Or if not, how do they reach a consensus? According to observations taken of African …

Dogs

Romania to kill bears, wolves after rise in attacks

Romania on Monday said it would kill or relocate 140 bears and 97 wolves following a rise in the number of attacks on humans, sparking outrage from …

Ecology

Meet the Dire Wolf, Your Favorite "Game of Thrones" Canine

01<p>of 11<p>How Much Do You Know About the Dire Wolf?<p>The largest ancestral canine that ever lived, the Dire Wolf (<i>Canis dirus</i>) terrorized the plains of …

Game of Thrones

KILLING GAMES ~ Wildlife In The Crosshairs

Wildlife

Dog Bites: Comprehensive Data and Interdisciplinary Analyses

Why dogs bite, the medical, legal, and other consequences of humans being bitten by dogs, and how to manage them, are "hot" topics globally.1 I'm …

Pets

Ranchers find unlikely partner in Defenders of Wildlife group

APACHE COUNTY — Ever since the reintroduction of the Mexican gray wolf into the wild in 1998, ranchers in wolf country have been dealing with a …

Wildlife

Do Dogs Know Themselves?

The classic self-recognition test gets a makeover for dogs, using smell not sight

Dogs

This Government Program's Job Is to Kill Wildlife

An investigation in Harper’s Magazine this month documents indiscriminate and inhumane methods used to control predators on public lands in the West.<p>Wildlife Services—ever heard of it? No, not the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. That’s something different. The Fish and Wildlife Service is part of …

Wildlife

Can Dogs Smell Their ‘Reflections’?

For decades, scientists have tested animal intelligence by seeing if they can recognize themselves in mirrors. But how do you revamp that test for a species that relies more on smell than sight?<p>In 1970, a psychologist named Gordon Gallup Jr. anesthetized four chimpanzees and applied red dye to …

Pets

12 of Our Favorite Wolf Photos

Intelligent and highly social, wolves fascinate us as the untamed predecessors to Man’s Best Friend. But the relationship between humans and wolves has not always been so reverential, especially in the United States.<p>Through the early 1900s, populations of <i>Canis lupus</i>, the gray wolf, shrank from …

Wildlife

A licence to kill bear cubs?

Hunters in Alaska can now shoot and bait bear cubs and hibernating bears on national wildlife refuges after President Trump abolished protections put in place by Barack Obama.<p>In this video, reporter Claire Marshall joins hunter and conservationist Christine Cunningham on a bear hunt in the …

Wildlife

Rethinking the Big, Bad Wolf • The Revelator

Last month the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife killed its first wolf from the Smackout pack after deciding that the animals were preying …

Outspoken WSU wolf researcher says university, lawmakers silenced and punished him

His wolf study made national news with its finding that culling the predators can lead to more livestock kills, not fewer, because it destabilizes …

Comment: Wildlife-management reform is long overdue

The underpinnings of contemporary wildlife management are political and ideological, largely at the expense of wildlife for the presumed benefit of …

Wildlife

Who's Really Defending Wildlife As Wolves Are "Removed" So Cows Can Take Over?

Note (August 2, 2017): A second wolf in the Smackout pack was killed. And, for an excellent essay about some of what is discussed below, please see Stephen Capra's "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing."<p><i>The war on wildlife in the United States presents some very surprising twists as wolves are being set up and</i> …

Wildlife

Great Lakes Wolves To Remain On Endangered Species List, Court Rules

Conservationists say the decision could help save other imperiled wildlife.<p>WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday chose to keep in place Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region — a decision that could also have implications for Yellowstone …

Conservation
Mammals

Ancient DNA study suggests that dogs were domesticated just one time

People and pooches may have struck up a lasting friendship after just one try, a new genetic study suggests.<p>New data from ancient dogs indicates that dogs became distinct from wolves between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago, researchers report July 18 in <i>Nature Communications.</i><p>Dogs then formed genetically …

Anthropology

GOP targets Endangered Species Act as protections lifted

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans are moving forward with legislation to roll back the Endangered Species Act, amid complaints that the landmark 44-year-old law hinders drilling, logging and other activities.<p>At simultaneous hearings Wednesday, House and Senate committees considered bills …

Conservation

Your dog’s ancestor came from a group of wolves 40,000 years ago, study says

We know quite a bit about dog biology. We know that, though a chihuahua and a chow chow are dramatically different in size and shape, dogs share all but 0.15 percent of their genome. We know that a dog's sense of smell is so refined it can sniff the passage of time. We know that dogs were not …

Anthropology

Dogs and wolves both get sad when you don’t treat them fairly

They’re all such good boys!<p>Wolves and dogs are a lot like children: they want everything to be fair and they have surprisingly elaborate social hierarchies. But unlike children, canines don’t throw temper tantrums if you give their compatriot a better treat—they’re far too mature for that. Our …

Pets

These wondrous sea wolves swim for miles and live off the watery wilds

<b>In a remote stretch of rainforest on Canada's Pacific coast, a unique population of wolves has taken to a life of the sea.</b><p>Wolves have forever had a …

Why We're So Divided Over Saving Wolves

Wolf preservation has been called 'the abortion issue of wildlife.'<p>Until recently, very few people had ever seen a wolf in the wild. But thanks to the success of the recovery program in Yellowstone National Park, more and more people are getting the chance to appreciate this iconic animal. But for …

Wildlife

Why killing coyotes doesn't make livestock safer

Few Americans probably know that their tax dollars paid to kill 76,859 coyotes in 2016. The responsible agency was Wildlife Services (WS), part of …

Wildlife

Few Americans know their tax dollars paid to kill 76,859 coyotes last year

Few Americans probably know that their tax dollars paid to kill 76,859 coyotes in 2016. The responsible agency was Wildlife Services (WS), part of …

Wildlife

15 priceless pet reactions to the new puppy

Sure, you're excited, but what about your other pets?<p>New puppy meeting her big sister. (Photo: DiggyPablo/Reddit)<p>When you decide to bring home a new …

Cats