Wolf recovery

The Iberian Wolf Recovery Centre is a well-established sanctuary that has been sheltering and promoting rare Iberian wolves for a quarter of a century. They may lose the lease on the land they’ve been using for years, which would mean they’d not only have to find a new spot but it would be very difficult to move the wolves as well. 

They’ve made only $43,716 of the $250,000 they need to buy the land outright so they can be a permanent settlement, and they only have until Friday, September 28 to get the rest! Can you help, whether with a donation or a signal boost or both?

The 5th Red wolf has been killed! Federal officials at the Red Wolf Recovery Program request the public’s assistance regarding latest red wolf killing. The reward for information has increased to $26,000 - [x]

Nearly 10% of Red wolves living in the wild have been killed by poachers this year, putting the species on the fast track to extinction. Please sign and share Center for Biological Diversity ’s petition and urge an end to these crimes: [x

15 years ago, Mexican gray wolves (Canis lupus baileyi) returned to the wild landscape of the southwest. This significant milestone for the lobo and wildlife conservation at the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project's Big Lake Paseo Del Lobo Campout will be celebrated on July 19 - 21 in the White Mountains of Arizona. Come too! More info here

Picture by Wolf Conservation Center

Via Wolf Conservation Center

BREAKING - Howls of thanks to 50 world-renowned wildlife biologists and scientists who sent a letter to Congress today urging members to oppose any efforts to strip federal protections for wolves in the contiguous 48 states.

Many of these wildlife biologists and scientists of have devoted their entire professional careers toward understanding the social and biological issues surrounding wolves in North America.   

From the article:
"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."

In addition to considering the gray wolf’s historical numbers and range, I think it is also important to note that within many areas, wolves are likely far below their carrying capacity in the environment. For instance, Idaho has an elk population of 107,000 or more, and according to the USFWS 2013 annual report, (which is likely skewed and overestimated due to factors such as the use of an outdated algorithm [1] [2]), there are an estimated 600 wolves in Idaho. Yet, given the environment and resources, the prey population is almost indefinitely sustainable for the gray wolf population at their current numbers. Also, Idaho Fish & Game’s estimate for the population may be overestimated simply due to the fact that the agency’s implications seem to show that they want to meet the requirements of the wolf population’s minimum recovery goal in order to maintain state control over the population, regardless of the biological circumstances.