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Wolf Management. Federal court ruling makes killing wolves illegal Effective Dec. 19, 2014, Minnesotans can no longer legally kill a wolf except in the defense of human life.

Wolf Management

A federal judge's decision to immediately reinstate Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan place the animals under protection of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Wolves now revert to the federal protection status they had prior to being removed from the endangered species list in the Great Lakes region in January 2012. That means wolves now are federally classified as threatened in Minnesota and endangered elsewhere in the Great Lakes region. Only agents of the government are authorized to take wolves if depredation occurs. Estimated at fewer than 750 animals in the 1950s, Minnesota's wolf population now is estimated at 2,423 animals, 212 more wolves than estimated on the survey conducted in winter 2013. Georgia park welcomes first red wolves born in 2015 - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports.

A South Georgia state park welcomed the first red wolf pups born in the United States for 2015, and officials there are hopeful that it could help restore the critically endangered species.

Georgia park welcomes first red wolves born in 2015 - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Two adorable pups, named Boone and Belle were born on March 29th to parents Ayita and Finnick at Chehaw Park. They join two other pups named Flint and Faith to parents Waya and Patriot on April 4th. “I would assume that the pups will be out and about within the next two weeks. As they get older and braver, the pups will begin to adventure around the exhibit and become more visible. Right now they can be difficult to see,” said Zoological Manager, Ben Roberts. The pups will remain at Chehaw for a couple of years and may then be reassigned to another facility in order to start their own pack and help this rare species flourish once more.

Federal agency to review red wolf program. The U.S.

Federal agency to review red wolf program

Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to a review of the red wolf program that could end a 27-year experiment to restore the rare predators on North Carolina’s coast. Red Wolf Recovery Program. Www.rufford.org/files/10322-1 Detailed Final Report_0.pdf. Eureka_wolf_03Jul2008.jpg. DNA indicates long-ago Southland wolf was actually a Mexican gray - LA Times. The only wolf ever documented in Southern California may have been a victim of mistaken identity nearly a century ago.

DNA indicates long-ago Southland wolf was actually a Mexican gray - LA Times

The 100-pound male wolf was pursuing a bighorn sheep in the Mojave Desert's rugged Providence Mountains in 1922 when a steel-jaw trap clamped onto one of its legs. Based on measurements of its skull, biologists at the time determined that it was a lone Southern Rocky Mountain gray wolf that had wandered out of a population in southern Nevada. But a different story is emerging from a study of that skull at UCLA, where researchers have identified DNA markers indicating it was actually a Mexican gray wolf, the "lobo" of Southwestern lore. White Wolf : New Wolf Species Emerging in America.

Wolf rebound depends on U.S.

White Wolf : New Wolf Species Emerging in America

/Canada plan A Maine conservation group wants to see wolf populations rebound in its state and said there's a good chance there are more wolves in New Brunswick that should be protected, jointly, by the U.S. and Canada. DNA tests released last week confirmed the first known wolf kill in New Brunswick since the late 1870s. John Glowa, president of the Maine Wolf Coalition, believes the animals are trying to re-establish themselves in eastern North America and said over the past 20 years, wolves have been found in Maine, Massachusetts and New York State.

"It seems to be a new wolf species. "It's an extremely interesting and complex situation that scientists really haven't gotten a handle on yet. " Glowa said based on these sightings, he predicted it was only a matter of time before one was found in neighbouring New Brunswick. He said the large meat-eaters pose very little risk to humans.

New Species Of Wolf Discovered In Africa. They’re hard to tell apart unless you look at their genes, but the golden jackals of Africa and those of Eurasia are two completely different species.

New Species Of Wolf Discovered In Africa

In fact, the African animal is actually more closely related to wolves and coyotes. Recent studies using mitochondrial DNA, which is passed on from moms, have suggested that the African golden jackal is a subspecies of the gray wolf, Canis lupus. This is pretty surprising, especially since there are no gray wolves in Africa. So to investigate using genome-wide evidence, Koepfli and colleagues gathered up frozen DNA samples of golden jackals collected two decades ago in Kenya and samples from other parts of Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

"To our surprise, the small, golden-like jackal from eastern Africa was actually a small variety of a new species, distinct from the gray wolf, that has a distribution across North and East Africa," study coauthor Robert Wayne of UCLA says. The 5 Most Endangered Canine Species. Domesticated dogs are some of the most popular animals on the planet, but their cousins in the wild aren’t always as beloved.

The 5 Most Endangered Canine Species

For thousands of years humans have persecuted wolves, jackals, dingoes, foxes and other members of the family Canidae, pushing many species into or close to extinction. Here are five of the most endangered canine species and subspecies, three of which only continue to exist because a few people and organizations have taken extraordinary efforts to save them. Interesting Facts About Wolves. 1- In order for a new wolf cub to urinate, its mother has to massage its belly with her warm tongue. 2- The Vikings wore wolf skins and drank wolf blood to take on the wolf’s spirit in battle. 16- The North American gray wolf population in 1600 was 2 million.

Interesting Facts About Wolves

Today the population in North America is approximately 65,000. The world population is approximately 150,000. 17- A hungry wolf can eat 20 pounds of meat in a single meal, which is akin to a human eating one hundred hamburgers. 18- A wolf pack may contain just two or three animals, or it may be 10 times as large. 19- Though many females in a pack are able to have pups, only a few will actually mate and bear pups.

Often, only the alpha female and male will mate, which serves to produce the strongest cubs and helps limit the number of cubs the pack must care for.