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March 26th, 2015

“Two breeding pairs of captive red wolves could have pups in April at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center in Chattanooga. It’s too early to tell, though, because pregnant wolves don’t show a tell-tale bulging tummy.

“It would be a big neon sign saying, ‘I’m a slower, weaker animal,'” said Taylor Berry, lead naturalist at the nature center on the side of Lookout Mountain. “In the wild, the name of the game is not to be weak.”

If wolf pups are born in Chattanooga — and the timing works perfectly — they could be snuck into a wolf’s den in North Carolina to be raised among the world’s only wild, free-ranging population of red wolves, possibly North America’s most endangered mammal.

Or not. The red wolf, which roamed the Southeast in great numbers before being pushed to near-extinction through hunting and habitat loss, could disappear again from the wild.

North Carolina’s Wildlife Resources Commission wants the federal government to declare the red wolf extinct and end the animal’s reintroduction in five low-lying counties in coastal eastern North Carolina.

Officials from the state commission, which regulates hunting and fishing, say the free-ranging red wolves reduce deer numbers, kill pets and livestock on private property and may not be genetically pure, since red wolves interbreed with coyotes.

“We have had numerous accounts of depredations on livestock and pets,” wildlife commission spokesman Geoff Cantrell said.

Environmentalists rally

Environmentalists have rallied to save the red wolf, saying the end of the reintroduction program could put the species’ very existence in peril.

“That’s what they would essentially be saying: This is a failure,” said Jeremy Hooper, a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga biological and environmental sciences student who’s doing a master’s project on coyote-human interaction in the Atlanta area.

“It’s a big deal. The only place they will exist is in captivity if they’re removed from the wild,” said Hooper, who previously cared for Chattanooga’s wolves as a naturalist at the nature center.

He disputed the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission claim that the wolves compete for the same game as human hunters.

In fact, he said, hunting harvest figures show that hunters in North Carolina have taken more deer and turkey where the wild red wolves live, he said.

It may sound counterintuitive, but wolves can help deer populations by taking out the old, weak and sick, and by making them move around, preventing them from overgrazing in one spot. Ecologists call this movement the “ecology of fear,” he said.

“The ecology of fear states … they’ve always got to be on the move,” Hooper said. “There’s definitely benefits of having predators on the landscape.”

One reason North Carolina landowners got upset, Hooper said, was because of a federal judge’s recent ruling that banned shooting coyotes around the wolves. The two are so similar that wolves were being killed.

“That was what originally sparked a lot of [landowner] anger,” he said.

That ruling since has been modified to allow daytime hunting of coyotes on private land with a permit.

For years, Hooper said, there’s been debate about whether red wolves are a distinct species. The red wolves in the recovery program are all descended from 14 wolves found in the wild whose DNA showed the least hybridization with coyotes.

The best way to keep the wild red wolf population going in North Carolina, Hooper said, would be to continue the current practice of releasing sterilized coyotes there. That way, if a wolf breeds with a sterile coyote, no pups result. Meanwhile, the number of wild red wolves should grow.

“On top of that, they have to limit mortality via hunting,” Hooper said. “Which is a major problem: Red wolves keep getting killed.”

Chattanooga’s program

Chattanooga’s two pairs of breeding wolves live in fenced-in enclosures at the nature center. They’ve “tied,” or mated, this year, according to UTC students who took turns observing them. But naturalists can’t tell yet if the females got pregnant.

“We hope we have pups,” Berry said. “You really don’t know until the day before it happens.”

Chattanooga wolf pups could grow up in the wild — provided they’re born at the same time as wolf pups in North Carolina to a mother wolf who has a small litter. Under those conditions, wolf pups from Chattanooga could be put in the wild wolf’s den, so she could raise them.

“It’s called cross-fostering,” Berry said.

That hasn’t happened since the red wolves first came to Chattanooga in the late 1990s.

A litter of five wolves was born in 2007 here, followed by a litter of two in 2011, but they all wound up in captivity.

One male red wolf from Chattanooga was released in 2008, Hooper said, to St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, an island in the Florida panhandle near the Apalachicola River. The wolf lived there until 2014, Hooper said, when the animal was relocated to a facility in New York after he and his companion wolf never reproduced.”

Contact staff writer Tim Omarzu at tomarzu@timesfreepress.com or http://www.facebook.com/tim.omarzu or twitter.com/TimOmarzu or 423-757-6651.

**Special thanks to Tim Omarzu (http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2015/mar/26/north-carolinwants-end-red-wolf-reintroductip/295305/) for providing this information!


wolf face

(photo: AP/National Park Service)

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Obama supporters, it’s time to begin flooding his office and your representative with letters, phone calls, and sharing this information with everyone you know!

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) under President Barack Obama believes it is okay for hunters and ranchers to begin killing gray wolves again, a species that nearly went extinct last century.

FWS filed court documents with a Washington, DC-based court of appeals saying it opposed a federal judge’s decision to restore legal protection for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region.

The Obama administration is joined by two states, Michigan and Wisconsin, which also objected to U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell’s ruling in December that said the states’ management plans for the wolves don’t do enough to protect the species. Howell’s ruling also applied to the management plan developed by Minnesota. The plans in all three states allow sports hunting; in Michigan and Wisconsin they also permit the trapping of wolves.

FWS spokeswoman Laury Parramore told the Associated Press: “The science clearly shows that wolves are recovered in the Great Lakes region, and we believe the Great Lakes states have clearly demonstrated their ability to effectively manage their wolf populations.”

But Howell believes more needs to be done for the animals.

The judge wrote that the Endangered Species Act (pdf) “offers the broadest possible protections for endangered species by design. This law reflects the commitment by the United States to act as a responsible steward of the Earth’s wildlife, even when such stewardship is inconvenient or difficult for the localities where an endangered or threatened species resides.”

Russ Mason, wildlife division chief of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, told AP that some sort of controls are needed for farmers to protect their livestock from predator wolves. A coalition of environmental groups has proposed most of the wolves be reclassified from “endangered” to “threatened,” which would allow livestock managers to kill them when they repeatedly attack farm animals. The Humane Society of the United States supports that position as a reasonable “middle ground.”

However, a recent study by at Washington State University determined that the killing of wolves that attack livestock actually brings about an increase in such wolf attacks.

The combined wolf population in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin is about 3,700. The national population is believed to be less than 17,000. Nine states are considered by scientists to be Great Lakes wolves’ territory. Alaska has the largest gray wolf population.

Since 2003, the U.S. government has made four attempts to end protection of the wolves, and each time its effort was overturned in court.

Although FWS has already filed documents with the court, an agency spokesperson said that a final decision on whether to pursue the case has yet to be made by the U.S. Department of Justice.”

-Noel Brinkerhoff, Danny Biederman

**Special thanks to ALLGOV for providing this information! (http://www.allgov.com/news/top-stories/obama-administration-sides-with-hunters-over-protection-of-gray-wolves-150303?news=855838)


howling wolf

Increasingly, Americans recognize the wide range of economic and ecological benefits that wolves bring. Photo: iStockphoto

February 18, 2015

“Today, more than 50 world-renowned wildlife biologists and scientists, many of whom have devoted their entire professional careers toward understanding the social and biological issues surrounding wolves in North America, sent a letter to Congress urging members to oppose any efforts to strip federal protections for wolves in the contiguous 48 states. If Congress were to take this adverse action, according to these scientists, it would upend two recent federal court rulings, which criticized the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for distorting the “plain meaning” of the standards of the Endangered Species Act and admonished several state wildlife agencies for conducting overreaching and dangerous trophy hunting and trapping programs upon federal delisting.

The scientists, including Rolf Peterson and John Vucetich of Michigan Technological University, and Adrian Treves of University of Wisconsin, Madison, noted that “wolves are absent from most of the United States, with potentially secure populations in only a handful of states (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan). Yet, in those same states, the loss of federal protections resulted in state-sanctioned seasons on wolves at levels designed to reduce their populations to arbitrary goals, which were based on politics but not the best available science.”

Rather than removing wolves’ protections completely, there is a better way forward. A federal downlisting to “threatened” would be a far superior option, allowing “lethal management to resolve wolf-livestock conflicts.” Last month, The HSUS and 21 animal protection and conservation organizations petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reclassify gray wolves as “threatened” throughout their U.S. range south of Alaska (except the distinct Mexican gray wolf subspecies in the southwest which should remain listed as endangered). It’s the right compromise that balances the national interest in protecting wolves, while providing tools to federal and state agencies to allow selective control of wolves to address livestock and property damage.

This past fall, Michigan voted overwhelmingly against the notion of a trophy hunting season on wolves – in the first ever statewide votes on the issue of wolf hunting. Those votes – in a state with major hunting and agriculture industries – are additional indicators that increasing numbers of Americans recognize the wide range of economic and ecological benefits that wolves bring. More than 14 million people have viewed the documentary, How Wolves Change Rivers, showing how wolves move sedentary deer and elk populations so they don’t overgraze or browse. Wolves remove sick and weak animals, preventing slow starvation, and limiting deer-auto collisions and deer depredation on crops. By modulating prey herds, wolves act as a sort of barrier to chronic wasting disease and other infections that could cost the states millions of dollars to eradicate and in lost hunting license sales. And each year, thousands of wildlife watchers gaze at the world’s most-viewed wolves in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone, bringing in $35 million to the Yellowstone region annually. In the Great Lakes region, the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota, brings in as much as $3 million each year from wolf watchers.”

**Special thanks to Humane Nation Wayne Pacelle’s Blog (http://blog.humanesociety.org/wayne/2015/02/scientists-letter-wolves-congress.html) for providing this information!

Lawmakers should respond to common sense, sound economics, and robust science. We’ve had enough of fairy tales and fabrications and trumped up public safety charges against wolves. The reality is, they are hugely important in restoring the health of ecosystems and increasing the diversity of species. Wolves have their place, and with only about 5,000 of them in the lower 48 states, they should continue to receive federal protection.


running wolves

Published on 2015 · 01 · 21 by Raincoast

EMAIL, CALL OR WRITE YOUR MLA AND TELL THEM TO OPPOSE BC’S WOLF SLAUGHTER

“One. Killing wolves will not improve caribou recovery. Ostensibly to protect caribou, the BC government has been engaging in wolf sterilization experiments and wolf killing for more than a decade. These programs have not resulted in any measurable benefits for caribou (as stated in the BC Wolf Management Plan).  Alberta’s wolf cull, as reported in the Canadian Journal of Zoology in Nov 2014, failed to achieve any improvement in Boreal Woodland Caribou adult female survival, or any improvement in calf survival, and as such had no effect on population dynamics.

Two.  Habitat quality is the most important component of caribou recovery. Since it takes hundreds of years to establish an adequate biomass of tree lichen to sustain mountain caribou populations, deforestation is a major factor in the decline of caribou numbers as well as their failure to recover.  Habitat quality is the most important determinant of the dynamics of populations of large mammalian herbivores and omnivores.

The BC government made the decision decades ago to knowingly destroy critical caribou habitat with logging, access roads, and humans activities.  They fully knew the consequences of their actions.  In the south Selkirk where there are less than 19 caribou, this population is no longer viable and already functionally extinct from the landscape.  Habitat that supports a larger herd needs to be protected from logging and all human activities and the herd needs to be reintroduced.  This is the only way a viable caribou population can persist.  This will require decades.  Killing all the wolves to give the public appearance that the government cares about caribou makes no difference to this population.  It’s already lost.

Three: Wolves are not the only predators of caribou. Wolves eat caribou. So do cougars and sometimes, grizzlies. A 1999 study on the South Selkirk caribou stated “…most adult mortality was attributable to predation, particularly by cougars…”.

Four:  The wolf cull is a slaughter that carries indefensible suffering to wolves.  Caribou and wolves coexisted for thousands of years prior to caribou herds being decimated by habitat loss (in both BC and Alberta). Slaughtering wolves using grossly inhumane methods (i.e. aerial gunning, neck snares and poison) reflects fear and intolerance, at best.  The province is killing wolves now to give the appearance of action for caribou herds that they decimated after decades of conscious choices not to protect caribou habitat. There are no reasonable ecological or economical reasons to kill wolves. And there are clearly no tenable ethical reasons to induce such harm and suffering.

Five: The ends do not justify the means.  Wolf culls involve killing hundreds of wolves, and over the longer term, likely thousands of wolves. In making moral judgments, people tend to regard harm as more serious if it is deliberate rather than unintentional. Both recreational and institutional killing of wolves are rightly viewed as more serious acts than unintentional killing. Similarly, people may regard harm as less significant if done for a seemingly worthwhile purpose. This is a slippery slope. Principled justifications used to sanctify unethical practices that cause harm and suffering are not worthy purposes and are an unethical rationale for killing wolves.”

EMAIL, CALL OR WRITE YOUR MLA & ASK THEM TO OPPOSE THE BC WOLF CULL.

MLA contact info:  www.leg.bc.ca/mla

READ: Your voices against the wolf cull 

Want more context on caribou and wolf mismanagement in BC?  Read Biologist Brad Hill’s blog 

**Special thanks to Raincoast Conservation Foundation for providing this information! (http://www.raincoast.org/2015/01/bc-wolf-hunt/)


mexican wolf

Image of Nina: the last female Mexican Gray Wolf found in the wild. Courtesy of Emily Renn: Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project  

“About The Film and our Mission

The Right to be Wild, is a tale of Hope, Struggle, Survival and Determination.  It is the story of the Mexican Gray Wolf; a wolf that is one the Most Endangered Mammals in North America and the most endangered subspecies of Gray Wolf in the World. It is also a story about people who work hard and tirelessly trying to save them.

 

Mexican gray wolves were completely eradicated from the United States by the mid 20th century, and extremely close to extinction in the wild.

In 1976, they were listed under the endangered species act and protecting the species  became the law. Then, after an agreement was made between the U.S. and Mexico, a trapper hired by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was sent to Mexico to trap the last known Mexican Gray Wolves in the wild. Five wolves were found and captured in northern Mexico. Only one of those was a female.

Only One female left in the wild and she was already 10 years old!! You can’t get much closer to extinction in the wild than that!

She was named “NINA” by her handlers at the

Endangered Wolf Center in St Louise, Missouri. 

At the time of her capture, she was pregnant and all her pups died after being born in captivity. Fortunately, she later had pups and they all survived.  Three of the five captured wolves, together with a few other Mexican wolves, found in captivity in the U.S and Mexico, became the seven original founders of the Mexican wolf line.

In the effort to keep the species from disappearing off the face of the earth,  a captive breeding program was established, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan was then developed to organize the captive breeding program; a program of the Association of the Zoos and Aquariums.  Finally, after about 20 years of growing the population in captivity, in March 1998, 11 Mexican gray wolves were released into the wild of the Apache National Forest of eastern Arizona.

“It was the first time in over 30 years that those mountains greeted the howls of the wolves and the wolves were able to howl in freedom in the wild.

In the years since then, the U.S. FWS began to slowly reintroduce them back into the wild in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico.

“Because of state and federal bureaucracy, and hostile resistance from some people in the recovery area, the Mexican wolves haven’t been able to quickly thrive and grow in their former habitat, as their cousins in the northern Rockies have. 

 

As of Jan. 2014, there were only 83 Mexican wolves in the wilda number that is far too small after 16 years of recovery and reintroduction and inbreeding depression is a concern within the current wild population.

The Mexican Gray Wolves desperately need public support – this is vital to the Mexican Gray Wolf program and the wolves’ recovery.  

We believe we can change the faltering return of this magnificent and beautiful animal with your help, by educating and inspiring people to the desperate plight of this important predator and supporting their recovery. This will strengthen the movement to give Mexican wolves the space and freedom they need. By expanding the recovery area and allowing them to disperse naturally in the wild without interference, they will once again grow into a self-sustaining wild population and reduce inbreeding depression.

Conservation organizations and many talented and dedicated people are working tirelessly to educate, inspire and promote wolf recovery to the general public. Currently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages the wolf  recovery program, with participation of the Arizona Department of Game and Fish. These agencies need to know that the public cares and supports Mexican Wolf recovery in the wild.

 

This documentary will tell an important and touching story, not only about these magnificent and beautiful wolves and their struggle to survive but also, the story about the incredible people who dedicate their lives to save them.

“The RIGHT to be Wild,” will give you an inside look at how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wolf recovery team works hands on with the wolves on the ground, in the air and with the captive breeding facilities for the Mexican Wolf.

“The RIGHT to be Wild”  is a very important story to share with the world.

 The film has beautiful, dramatic and compelling footage of wolves, nature and the people involved,  including youth and children in wolf country.

Please help Mexican Wolf Recovery by supporting this documentary “The Right to be Wild.”

Distribution with the film.

Our intention is to show this film at festivals around the world, be distributed by the educational market and air on PBS and other TV channels. Many film festivals around the country are already interested in the film. 

This is great because the more people that see the film, the more awareness and hopefully more interest in joining the effort to help ensure this important conservation project. This will hopefully results in a success story for both wolves and humans. 

 

What we need to achieve our goal and how the money will be used 

 $35,000 will enable us to pay overhead costs for 5 months specifically in completing the following tasks:

Complete the film in 2015. 
Film winter footage in wolf country, located in the White Mountains of Arizona. The costs will include gas, food, lodging and time away.

Make the official trailer for the film by a professional editor.

Complete editing the film.

Cover the cost for IndieGoGo,

Original Music is one of the most important elements of the finished product, and that can be expensive.
Professional audio editing and color correction. 
 Voice over for the film.  
If we reach above our goal of $35,000, we can do the following:
Cover the cost of an assistant editor  
Networking and outreach to potential donors/investors.
Marketing
Premiere -Film Festivals  submission costs.  
Artwork cover for the DVD and the DVDs themselves. 
If we do not reach our goal, it will difficult to complete the film in 2015.
Other tasks such as voice over, professional audio, color correction and music may have to be limited.
 

 OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

Some of you might want to contribute and for whatever reason can’t do so at this time. We understand. But that doesn’t mean you can’t support us. Here are some ways:

  • Ask folks to get the word out and share this campaign.
  • Use the IndieGoGo share tools!
  • Send us some personal words of encouragement and/or your own ideas!
Information about the “Perks.” 
Some of the items are in limited numbers. First come, first serve.
The Perks will be send out to you, wonderful people and wolf supporters who have donated to this project by May 2015.

The DVD’s of the documentary will be sent out to our supporter/donors in the appropriate categories as the film has its Premier.  This way, you will be able to have the premier at home at the same time.

On the $3000 perk level and $7000 perk level, the DVD’s will be send out once the film is complete as a pre-release and for private viewing only.

 (Distribution, copying and uploading of the documentary The Right to be Wild on any media or private site, is not allowed)

Shipping costs for items going outside the U.S. is not covered. Traveling and lodging are not covered except on the $7000 perk level where we will provide lodging for one night.”

**Special thanks to Indie Gogo for providing this information! (Gohttps://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-right-to-be-wild)


Pronghorn
Yellowstone pronghorn populations directly benefit from the presence of wolves, a new Wildlife Conservation Society study says.
Credit: Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society
MY FELLOW WOLF PRESERVATIONISTS, HAVE YOU EVER COME ACROSS AN ANTI-WOLF EXTREMIST WHO THINKS THEY KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT WILDLIFE AND SWEAR UP AND DOWN THAT WOLVES ARE DECIMATING THEIR THE WILDLIFE? I know you have!
One such person is Bruce “Buckshot” Hemming, an author, native hunter, and possesses quite a large ego. If you’ve ever spoken or attempted to debate with him, you know this man resorts to foul language, insults, name calling, and even threats.  Claiming to have over forty years of experience in the outdoors, his articles spout off skewed statistics, feedback from other wolf haters, and how effects of predation on wildlife “isn’t rocket science.”   Well apparently for you Mr. Buckshot, it is rocket science for you.  Leaving out the full story on predation, impacts of hunters, disease, and weather on prey numbers, bias opinions, misrepresented so called facts, he truly is passionate about what he represents.  I will not share his website or book information, as he doesn’t deserve anymore public credit of his work.
I will however share one of his quotes and my rebuttal afterwards:
“Survival of pronghorn fawns was 22.2% in 2002 and 41.7% in 2003. Coyotes (Canis latrans) accounted for 50% of documented fawn death.” (guess what Bruce, previous removal of wolves off the endangered species list resulted in an unintended decline in the pronghorn.  Wolves don’t typically hunt pronghorn but reduced the coyote population that do typically hunt them, therefore pronghorn fawns have higher survival rates when wolves are present in the ecosystem.  His articles certainly do not focus on this fact about positive impacts that wolves have on the pronghorn. In a three year study, in areas where wolves were abundant, 34 percent of pronghorn fawns survived compared to 10% when they weren’t present.  In addition, he fails to mentioned what percentage of hunting, disease, and weather affect pronghorn numbers.)
The following article was provided by Division of Fish and Wildlife, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in 2009.  It describes more of how things are not cut so black and white with predation, as Mr. Buckshot believes.  It’s also an important reminder that we often don’t understand ecosystems nearly as well as we think we do, and that our efforts to manipulate them can have unexpected consequences, a concept Mr. Buckshot does not possess.
ENJOY THE ARTICLE BELOW!
“Is a robust wolf population responsible for waning deer harvests by hunters the last couple years?
Comments from some deer hunters in northern Minnesota following the 2009 deer season seem to
indicate that may be the case, but there is overwhelming scientific evidence that wolves alone have little
impact on the deer population in Minnesota. Winter severity, hunter harvest, and maturation of forest
habitat are all factors that contribute significantly to deer numbers in northern Minnesota. On a local
level hunter success may be affected by selection of an effective hunting area in relation to deer home
range use, seasonal movements of deer due to migration from summer to winter range, and reduced deer
densities in surrounding areas from increased harvest efforts. Overall, deer numbers in Minnesota
forests are a result of direct management through hunter harvest and are influenced by the high
reproductive potential of deer during mild years or the detrimental effects of severe winters.
There’s no question wolves in Minnesota rely on white- tailed deer as their primary prey source.
Based on research in Minnesota indicating that wolves require 15-19 adult- sized deer biomass equivalent per year (per wol
f), an estimated population of 3,000 wolves in Minnesota take approximately 45,000 to 57,000 deer per year.
Wolves also prey on moose in portions of the Superior National Forest and the Boundary Water Canoe Area in Minnesota
where deer tend to be less abundant. Wolves supplement their diet seasonally with smaller prey like beaver and snowshoe hare. These contributions to their diet are likely biologically significant during brief, specific times of the year, but
overall, they’re relatively minor compared to deer in most parts of the wolves’ range. Considering an
annual population estimate of 450,000 deer residing within all of Minnesota’s wolf range, the annual estimate of
45,000-57,000 deer taken by wolves, represents about 10-13% of that deer population. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) wildlife researchers recently completed a comprehensive 15-year study of white-tailed deer that included monitoring the movements, survival, and specific causes of mortality of about 450 radio-collared, female white
tailed deer on four study areas…mostly does at least one year old, but including many fawns, even newborns, beginning at
several hours to about 7 days old. At the same time the researchers similarly monitored about 55
radio collared wolves from 7 to 8 packs with established territories covering the deer study areas.
Researchers learned a great deal from the data generated from this long term study. The long-term MN DNR
study concentrated on female deer (about 450 during the course of the study) , because there are more of them in the population, and due to their reproductive potential, they have a greater impact on population dynamics than the males. During the 15-year study, the annual mortality rate of female deer (not including newborns) attributable to wolf predation, ranged from 4% to 22%. The highest rate was observed in 1996 during the severe winter of 1995-1996, but most typically, the mortality rate of does attributable to wolf predation was closer to 5-10%. Additionally, what the data have shown is that the reason white-tailed deer can thrive, despite wolf predation and hunter harvests, is their strong population performance (survival capacity and reproductive success). The annual average age of females was 5.1 to 7.2 years old, and approximately 13% of the does were 10.5 to 18.5 years old. In the forest zone, on average, does live a lot longer than managers and researchers had ever thought. Coupled with that, the pregnancy rates are very high, 90% in yearlings, and 95-100% in does from 2.5 years old up to at least 15.5 years. Of the pregnant does, even the older ones, are mostly still having twins. Interestingly, the median age of survival of these deer is 0.8 years old, but in most cases, there is another fawn to add to the population. Following the challenges of the fawns’ first
(30 December 2009)
winter, there is typically an annual recruitment into the population of at least 35%. Consequently, even
after the significant challenges of the first year to the survival of the fawns, a high number are still added to the population.
U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) researchers studied the impact of predators on newborn fawns in northeastern Minnesota during two springs in the early 1990s. They had a rather limited sample size, but reported that predation by black bears and wolves were the primary causes of mortality (50% each) of newborn fawns. A similar study conducted by MN DNR researchers in springs 2000 and 2001, as part of the larger deer study in north-central Minnesota, documented, during these two fawning seasons that black bears, bobcats, and wolves accounted for 20.5%, 17.9%, and 3.9% of the mortality, respectively. However, two additional categories, “unknown predator” and “unknown cause” were assigned to 23.1% and 10.3%, respectively, of the fawn mortalities. These two categories were based on the evidence that was present/absent, which affected whether researchers could definitively assign a cause. Regardless, in the MN DNR study with a greater sample size, and where deer densities (and densities of newborn fawns, specifically) were notably higher than in northeastern Minnesota, the impact of wolves on fawn mortality was markedly less, but certainly, wolves may have been responsible for a portion of the fawn deaths assigned to “unknown predator.” Wolves are not particularly effective hunters of white-tailed deer. Despite the fact that deer outnumber wolves in Minnesota’s forest zone by some 150 : 1 (450,000 deer : 3,000 wolves), wolves must range and search widely over large pack territories (20 to 214 mi) to obtain the number of
deer they require to sustain their numbers over time. Indeed, studies have shown that most of their hunting
attempts are brief and unsuccessful, typically lasting a matter of only a few minutes. And so, as has been thoroughly documented scientifically and shared with the public , wolves live a “feast or famine” existence, eating little for up to two weeks at a time. Wolves end up surviving primarily on the most vulnerable individuals in the deer population,
such as very young, old, sick, injured, or nutritionally compromised deer, because those are the ones they can catch.
The result being, that under certain conditions, the impacts on the deer population are most likely compensatory rather than additive. That is, many of the deer that wolves kill likely would have died from other causes, such as starvation or
disease.
In conclusion, within Minnesota’s wolf range, the current wolf population relies on a relatively small
portion (10-13%) of the deer population to sustain itself annually.  That and the rather extraordinary
population performance of white-tailed deer in most of northern Minnesota, dependent largely on a high
capacity for survival (particularly after one year of age) and high reproductive success, allow deer to thrive.”
Contact:
Dan Stark
Wolf Specialist
Division of Fish and Wildlife, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette RD, Box #20
St. Paul, MN 55155-4020
651-259-5175 dan.stark@state.mn.us

wolf dead pics
photo courtesy of Wolf Liberation Front
PLEASE TAKE ACTION! ..Look at these horrific photos..this is going on DAILY in this supposedly civilized country. They are wiping out an entire species..the ORIGINAL DOG. Follow the instructions below and do something to stop this.

TAKE ACTION! MAKE NOISE! NO COMPROMISE!

Print this image and send with a letter to President Barack Obama
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, N.W.,
Washington DC 20240
Director Daniel Ashe, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240

Suggested Text:

Regarding: US Federal Protection for Wolves

While we are all stakeholders in wolf recovery and social acceptance, wolves belong to no one. They are not the property of ranchers, landholders, lobbyists, or politicians. Wolves do not belong to the federal government, nor do they belong to individual states’ Wildlife Departments. Wolves belong to healthy and wilding ecosystems, and to their own packs.

Today, wolves would remain protected under the ESA had it not been for an irresponsible federal budget rider inserted by two self-serving, desperate and backward thinking politicians. Since their delisting, wolves continue to become scapegoats for what is ailing economically depressed rural areas, as well as lazy ranchers unwilling to embrace predator-friendly, new best practices. There are also countless bloodthirsty poachers and trophy hunters far too anxious to pull triggers and set traps to mercilessly kill wolves, not to mention the torturing that takes place…

We have been witness to, seen far too many images of, and heard thousands of stories of wolves being tortured, shot, trapped and bludgeoned. Enough! We are outraged that our tax dollars are footing the bill for Wildlife Services to aerially gun down individual wolves and wolf packs, and for this and other government agencies to shoot and trap wolves. Enough!

Our plea to you is for the RE-listing of Gray Wolves throughout the United States and for the continued protection of Mexican and Red Wolves. All wolves are an integral part of maintaining healthy ecosystems, ungulate herds, and riparian areas. The list does not stop here, but goes on and on.

Stop irresponsible ranching and subsidies. Cease wolf and wildlife killing contests. End trapping, as any form is inhumane. Hold accountable politicians and lobbyists kowtowing to constituents who continue these cruel activities. And most importantly, RE-list the Wolf!

Sincerely,

**Special thanks to Wolf Liberation for providing this information!

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