Killing of Wolves

The gorgeous animal pictured above was killed on July 15th at a shelter in California. He was labeled as a “wolfdog” but was, in reality, a northern-breed domestic dog.

Why did this happen?

Simple: Shelters in the USA cannot legally adopt-out wolfdogs to the general public. If wolfdog-specific rescues don’t step in, these dogs are put to sleep. The problem is that wolfdog rescue is, in itself, very strenuous work. Many such rescues are forced to focus their efforts solely on animals that bear legitimate wolf content as a result. 

Wolfy-looking dogs, like the one above, have no place to go then, and are put to sleep instead. 

The solution to this problem is pretty simple: People need to stop labeling their domestic dogs as “wolfdogs”. It gives others the wrong impression about how real wolfdogs look and act, resulting in widespread confusion about the breed. Many people assume that huskies, malamutes, German shepherds, and their mixes are wolfdogs, or even mistake them for actual wolves, simply because they don’t look like a purebred this-or-that. 

Please feel free to read more about the dangers of wolfdogs misrepresentation HERE.

are we just going to ignore how frank zhang probably had the most traumatising introduction to the demigod world?  His grandma literally went up to him like “I know that your mother just died at war and that you haven’t seen her in a while anyways, but here’s a stick that can kill you follow these bloodthirsty wolves to california enjoy hopping the border”

I had come to the rural town of Salmon, Idaho—population 3,000—to enter as a contestant in the derby. Over the course of two days in late December, several hundred hunters would compete to kill as many wolves and coyotes as possible. There were two $1,000 prizes to be had, one for the most coyotes slain and the other for the largest single wolf carcass. Children were encouraged to enter, with special awards for youths aged 10–11 and 12–14 listed on the promotional flyer. The derby’s organizer, a nonprofit sporting group called Idaho for Wildlife, advertised that the event was to be historic: the first wolf-killing contest held in the US since 1974.

Read our undercover report from the Idaho Coyote and Wolf Derby

They say that if you look a tiger in the eye, he is less likely to kill you. So here is me, looking you in the eye and hoping for the best. That you will not kill what the wolves have left of this broken but still beating heart.
—  Nikita Gill, For A Tiger Eyed Man
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“Tough as Wolves. Kill Cancer.”

I just found out that my brother, who has been cancer free for 10 years, has been re-diagnosed. They found a tumour on his kidney so he has had surgery to remove the tumour and his kidney. As soon as he recovers from the surgery he will start chemo treatment. This fundraiser was already super important to me because my dad and best friend are currently battling cancer but now it’s even more imperative that I spread the word and try to raise as much money and support as I can. If every person that reads this post would donate at least $5 and reblog it that would be absolutely amazing. Thank you all so much! 

For my dad, my brother, my best friend, who are all battling cancer, I’m biking up 3 mountains in 1 day (150km in total). Please support me on my quest to kill cancer by helping raise funds for the BC Cancer Foundation through my fundraiser the “Triple Crown Challenge.”  http://t.co/kg0GDdnCGa

Thanks friends!

Stephanie xo

change.org
Prevent the massacre of 190 wolves in a province in Spain

SAY NO TO THE KILLING! IN THE 21ST CENTURY THERE IS NO EXCUSE AND NO REASON WHY THE IBERIAN WOLF (CANIS LUPUS SIGNATUS) IS ONLY PROTECTED IN PORTUGAL…

Guys please help us with this! Zoo Logical has been helping our Spanish colleagues at Lobo Marley to spread the word on this. We’re collaborating with them in order to put an end to the wolf killing. In Portugal it is illegal to kill wolves, however in Spain it is still allowed. Let’s all contribute for a change. More info on the link above

PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST THIS PLEASE! ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE!!!

Waiting your turn by Ross Forsyth - tigerfastimagery on Flickr.

While 1 of the pack eats on the recently killed Elk one of the other pack members crosses the river behind awaiting her turn. Both wolves are members of the Lamar Canyon Pack.

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Misrepresentation

This is a section for Pack West’s guide to proper wolfdog care. It is offered here separately for easier reference. 

MISREPRESENTATION:

One of the biggest issues wolfdogs face is misrepresentation. People with non-wolfdogs often make false or improper claims of wolf content in their animals, which in turn, gives others the wrong impression about how real wolfdogs look and act. 


People may look at a husky/shepherd mix who’s claimed as “part wolf” and think, “I want a wolfdog just like that one!” They then do one of two things:

1) They go out and get another wolfy-looking domestic breed and continue the cycle of misrepresentation by telling other people that it’s “part wolf”, spreading more harmful confusion and myths about the breed.

2) Or, they go out and get an actual wolfdog, expecting it to act just like their friend’s husky/shepherd mix. When the wolfdog, true to form, acts like a legitimate primitive-breed canine, they find that they are unprepared to provide it with proper care, and the pup ends up in a rescue situation.

The cycle of misrepresentation also affects non-wolfdogs: In the fall of 2015, a husky named Karma was confiscated from her owners after a neighbor claimed that Karma was vicious, and had killed two neighborhood cats. While in holding pending a court hearing about the incident, the claim was made that Karma was a wolfdog, which launched a full investigation, including DNA tests and temperament evaluations of the unfortunate husky.

According to the court, the DNA tests came back “positive for recently wolf ancestry”. In truth, a series of genetic markers in Karma’s DNA were matched against known wolf DNA sequences. Of 80-something markers being examined, Karma shared only 15 similarities. Most domestic dogs show an average of 8. And so, since Karma had 6 more markers than a garden variety golden retriever, she was labeled as a “wolf hybrid” and was thus deemed a “dangerous exotic animal”.

False positives like this are common in DNA tests, and are part of the reason that Pack West relies heavily on a process called phenotyping to determine wolf content, as opposed to DNA testing.

Karma the husky was spared from euthanasia following a large-scale rescue operation (which involved the collection of more than 335,000 signatures on a petition to spare her life). She was transported to fellow rescuers at Full Moon Farms wolfdog sanctuary, where a phenotype proved that Karma had no indication of recent wolf ancestry whatsoever.

She was still nearly killed due to false claims of content. Not all pups are as lucky as Karma.

Wolfdogs submitted to county shelters are not available for adoption to the general public, and, as a result, are often put to sleep. A male husky/malamute mix taken in as a stray was erroneously labeled as a “wolf hybrid” by uneducated staff, and was euthanized before anyone in the rescue community had the opportunity to save him.

Pack West dedicates most of our educational outreach to ending this dangerous cycle, in an effort to cut back on the number of animals needing rescue to begin with. We plan to offer courses on basic wolfdog identification to shelters, animal control officers, and veterinary staff to help stop misrepresentation in its tracks.

Responsible wolfdog owners understand these dangers and are honest about the content of their animals. If they don’t know their pups’ content, they are sure to say so. If a supposed wolfdog does not show signs of having actual wolf content, a responsible owner doesn’t call that animal a wolfdog at all.

Things of Myth ((Closed AU RP @m1st3rxund3rst00dx

The tales had been passed down from generation to generation of the ones who could transform from man to wolf. The cursed woods where they were said to reside in were banned from all clans who knew better. There were curious ones who dared to test the legends and after sundown they were never seen again, said to be killed and eaten by the wolves. The creatures howls could be heard every full moon and struck fear into the hearts of the towns people. Many attempts to extinguish the threat were made by the bravest the clans had to offer but every time they failed.

It was the first day of winter now and the air was cold. It was a day away from the full moon but the people never paid any mind to it till the howling started. Everyone was rushing around trying to make their money for food to keep them full through the harsh nights.