Rabies vaccines hidden inside goat meat baits have been deployed in the first campaign to protect the Ethiopian wolf, Africa’s most endangered carnivore.There are less than 500 of the wolves in the high mountains of Ethiopia and they are very vulnerable to infectious diseases from domestic dogs. The oral vaccine approach will next be rolled out to cover all six surviving populations of the wolf.
Una decena de naturalistas procedentes de toda España (Murcia, Lérida, Madrid, Segovia o Guadalajara), han participado recientemente en las XIX Jornadas sobre el lobo organizadas por Llobu en la Sierra de la Culebra y Sanabria.Durante cuatro jornadas los participantes han conocido los valores naturales de este territorio; han observado su fauna (lobo, ciervo, corzo, jabalí, zorro, rapaces y aves forestales), han visitado la ganadería de Alberto Fernández en Santa Colomba de Sanabria (que maneja 1200 ovejas con 12 mastines y no sufre ataques de los lobos) y han visitado el Cortello de Lubián, una estructura trampa empleada para capturar lobos hasta mediados del siglo XX.
The ongoing battle between those trying to preserve Norway’s wolf population and farmers wanting to preserve free-grazing traditions for their sheep and lambs has moved into grocery stores. Wolf supporters are joining a boycott rooted in social media against the purchase of all meat caught in conflicts.
ISLE ROYALE, MI – Raven numbers are dropping on Michigan’s remote Isle Royale, and the reason has a lot to do with wolves.National Park staff who oversee the island archipelago sitting 60 miles from the Upper Peninsula mainland say the clever birds’ decline in numbers is linked to the steep drop in the island’s wolves in recent years.Ravens typically eat a good portion of what the wolves kill for food. And fewer wolves mean fewer kills and fewer chances for ravens to swoop in and enjoy the free buffet.
For more than two decades, Gilbert Proulx has spent countless hours in an enclosed wooded compound, monitoring foxes as they hunted rabbits and squirrels, then setting what he thought were the perfect killing snares on the foxes’ favoured pathways. But the wildlife researcher, who has been looking for more humane ways for trappers to capture animals, said that when his perfectly set snares were sprung, they rarely caught the foxes in a way that would quickly bring death.”If you want to have a perfect kill, you have about a one-centimetre target zone right behind the animal’s jaw,” said the science director for Alpha Wildlife Research & Management, a consulting firm based in Sherwood Park, Alta. “But hitting that is like waiting to win Lotto 6/49 – we found it was impossible,” said Mr. Proulx, whose studies have proved that snares rarely work the way they are supposed to.
In the first half of this year wolves killed 138 sheep in the Netherlands, but the total for 2017 was less than 20, a wolf expert told the BBC.It is a new problem for the Dutch – March 2015 was the first time for 150 years that a wolf had been confirmed roaming in the Netherlands.Dogs kill far more sheep every year.Maurice La Haye, a biologist at the Dutch Mammal Society, said: “It’s very difficult to protect against a lone wolf – you can place electric fences round the sheep, but it’s expensive.”
Thurston County Superior Court Judge Chris Lanese Monday prevented the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) from carrying out a kill order for wolves in the Togo pack, according to a conservation group that challenged the agency in court.“The agency cannot go out and kill wolves,” said Amaroq Weiss, a wolf advocate for The Center for Biological Diversity, after the judge granted the center’s request for a temporary restraining order. The judge set an Aug. 31 court date for a preliminary injunction hearing, which could prevent WDFW from killing the Togo wolves until a full trial. The judge’s order applies only to the Togo wolves, according to WDFW.