6th Mexican wolf dead this year (of 42 wild); Arizona proposes finally releasing one

A 6th Mexican gray wolf found dead this year, the 5th that died suspiciously. That’s 14% of the tiny population. Arizona Fish and Game says they’ll release a lone wolf soon, but don’t hold your breath.

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Why is Obama trying to gut the Endangered Species Act?

President Obama talked grandly about how he would “restore the scientific process to its rightful place at the heart of the Endangered Species Act, but now his interior secretary doing incompetent backroom horsetrading on wolves.

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Singing Dogs–really a rare dingo–population soars because of PA hoarder

The known population of New Guinea Singing Dogs went up by at least one-third with the discovery of a PA hoarder with 86 of the rare dingo subspecies.

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Is the Jaguar the next “experimental, non-essential” endangered species?

The United States and the Fish and Wildlife Service just announced it was going to stall another year before coming up with a plan to save the jaguar.

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Dogs and Wolves Win in State Initiatives

Arizona became the first state to reject the NRA campaign to make hunting a right, enshrined in the state constitution. (Arizona voted 56% no, despite Republicans winning across the state.)

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Most Recent Missing Mexican Wolf Found–And He’s Not Dead

I don’t think it would be asking too much to offer a preliminary finding in the copious and tedious weekly and monthly reports the wolf reintroduction project puts out. Was there a gaping bullet hole? A tire tread?  We’re not talking CSI Wolf here.

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Wolf Pack Named for Cancer-Stricken Coordinator Gone

Imagine the alarm bells that should be going off when a critically endangered species loses 15% of its wild animals in five months. That’s exactly what’s happened with the Mexican gray wolf. These are the fifth and sixth wolves to be found dead or go missing this year.

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Happy Wolf Week: the Wolves Want Your Help

Dozens of wolf centers have popped up in the last couple decades, ranging from official breeding centers to sanctuaries for wolf-dog hybrids. You’re also probably near a Mexican gray wolf, one of the country’s rarest mammals.

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Half as Many Mexican Wolves in NY Suburb as in Wild

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Two wolves from the center were released, then shot within months. The whole program has effectively been on hold for almost five years. Just last week the Fish and Wildlife Service announced it wouldn’t release any wolves this year — without any real explanation. while federal and state wildlife debate what to do. (The states involved, Arizona and New Mexico, seem to also be locked in a battle over who can be more inhospitable to wolves.) So far the program has released 92 wolves into the wild on the Arizona-New Mexico border. But since 2006, they’ve only released one–despite continued illegal hunting of the wolves. Since 1998, there have been 75 documented wolf deaths. People who presumably don’t like the federal intrusion of wolves introduced to cattle country shot 32 endangered Mexican gray wolves. Twelve were hit by cars. Only 10 were confirmed natural causes; the rest are under investigation.

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Can Wildlife Watchers Use the Increasing Number of Roadkill Maps?

More scientists map roadkill, hoping to cut the 2 million some animals a day runover. Wildlife watchers can use the data to find animals, but it’s tricky.

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