Beat it, beaver: Grey wolf wins Canada’s Greatest Animal contest – Calgary – CBC News

After a ferocious seven-week contest, the grey wolf has finally risen to the top to claim the crown of Canada’s Greatest Animal.There will be no official coronation, however, the designation is the culmination of a contest put on by the Calgary Zoo in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. Wolf leads the pack in Calgary Zoo’s Greatest Animal contestMore than 11,000 ballots were cast in the campaign, the zoo said in a release. The grey wolf faced fierce competition, but ultimately it beat out fellow Canadian animal icons like the grizzly bear, bison, whooping crane, Rocky Mountain goat, great grey owl and, obviously, the beaver.The wolf took 26 per cent of the ballots cast and beat out its buck-toothed rival by around 500 votes.

Source: Beat it, beaver: Grey wolf wins Canada’s Greatest Animal contest – Calgary – CBC News

Alaska House Passes Legislation to Protect Wolves Adjacent to the Denali National Park | Alaska Native News

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives approved legislation to prohibit wolf hunting and trapping in two areas adjacent to Denali National Park and Preserve. House Bill 105, sponsored by Representative Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage), seeks to ensure healthy wolf populations so that park visitors can see wolves in the wild.“Denali National Park managers report that visitors consistently want to see wolves. While the park has long been among the best places on earth to catch a glimpse of a wolf, in recent years wolf sightings have declined dramatically,” said Rep. Josephson. “Creating areas off-limits to hunting and trapping will result in more

Source: Alaska House Passes Legislation to Protect Wolves Adjacent to the Denali National Park | Alaska Native News

Norwegian government could lose voters over wolves – The Local

Support for Norway’s Conservative (Høyre) party, the largest party in the country’s coalition government, has dropped by seven points in some areas.The pole, carried out by InFact on behalf of broadcaster NRK along with a number of local newspapers, shows a swing away from the party in both Hedmark and Oppland counties.Høyre’s main parliamentary candidate for Hedmark County Kristian Tonning Riise told NRK that he believed the lost ground could be the result of a recent debate on control of wolves in Norway, in which a parliamentary proposal on wolf control was not supported by Høyre, resulting in the culling of 47 wolves being reduced to 15.

Source: Norwegian government could lose voters over wolves – The Local

Rare White Wolf Killed in Yellowstone Park Was Shot Illegally – The New York Times

A rare white female wolf that hikers found as she lay dying last month on the north side of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming was shot illegally, officials have determined.The wolf had to be euthanized by park officials because of the severity of her wound.She was the only white wolf living in the park, though there had been two others before her. She was 12 years old when she was killed, twice the average age of wolves in Yellowstone.

The solitary, island-hopping wolf at the edge of the Salish Sea | backyard-wildlife | Earth Touch News

Staqeya’s appearance on British Columbia’s Discovery Island was so improbable that authorities initially assumed locals were mistaking free-roaming dogs for a wolf. After all, the Chatham-Discovery archipelago – partly Songhees land, partly a provincial park and other government-owned acreage – lies just off the most built-up corner of Vancouver Island: metro Victoria, home to nearly 400,000 people. The closest known wolves roam some 20 to 30 miles west of the city.It’s not clear why or how Staqeya navigated greater Victoria to the shores of Oak Bay and beyond, but wolf is what the shaggy beast of Discovery Island turned out to be. In the spring of 2012, residents reported a roving canid around Elk Lake to the north of the city; in May, he was seen at Albert Head to the southwest. At some point soon after, he disembarked for the Chatham-Discovery Islands, though from where exactly is unclear.

Source: The solitary, island-hopping wolf at the edge of the Salish Sea | backyard-wildlife | Earth Touch News

El Congreso protege al lobo | Ciencia y tecnología | Cadena SER

El Congreso de los Diputados ha aprobado una Proposición no de Ley en la que, por primera vez, se declara al lobo ibérico como especie protegida en toda España.Además, con los votos a favor de todos los grupos menos el PP y la abstención de Ciudadanos y el PNV, el texto aprobado insta al Ministerio de Agricultura y Medio Ambiente a iniciar con urgencia los trámites para la declaración del lobo como especie estrictamente protegida en toda España.Según los grupos ecologistas, como el WWF o Ecologistas en Acción, esta iniciativa supone un paso adelante histórico para asegurar la adecuada conservación del lobo en nuestro país.

Source: El Congreso protege al lobo | Ciencia y tecnología | Cadena SER

Battling to save the Ethiopian wolf – Africa’s rarest carnivore

Most members of the Canidae family, such as wolves, dogs and foxes, are versatile and opportunistic animals, thriving in many habitats and some even living in urban and suburban settings. In contrast, Ethiopian wolves are highly specialised to life in the Ethiopian highlands. Also called the “Roof of Africa”, it encompasses 80% of Africa’s land above 3,000m.They are remarkable rodent hunters, with long muzzles and slender legs. Their tight social bonds help them protect their precious family territories from competitors. For a canid of their size (about 14-20kg – the weight of a medium-sized dog), Ethiopian wolves are unique at surviving on small prey (most highland rodent species weigh less than 100g) and are solitary foragers. With their striking red coats and black and white markings, they appear physically distant from their closest relative, the grey wolf.

Source: Battling to save the Ethiopian wolf – Africa’s rarest carnivore