Larga vida al lobo gris mexicano: sale de la lista de especies en peligro

El lobo gris mexicano, fue declarado fuera de peligro de extinción gracias a los trabajos de conservación que se han realizado gracias al esfuerzo de especialistas y ciudadanos agrupados en 55 instituciones multidisciplinarias, 38 de ellas pertenecientes a la Unión Americana y el resto a México.El animal se encontraba en peligro de extinción a finales de los 70; en ese entonces se estimó que su número llegaba a apenas a medio centenar en territorio nacional.Ahora, esta especie se protege, rehabilita y conserva en la zona norte de nuestro país y el sur de Estados Unidos, y su número asciende a 356 ejemplares, de acuerdo a la un comunicado de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).

Source: Larga vida al lobo gris mexicano: sale de la lista de especies en peligro

‘It’s tough sleeping at night’: ranchers seek to protect herds as wolves move in | Environment | The Guardian

Breanna Owens had no idea where to turn for help when the wolves arrived. The northern California-based rancher used to take her cattle to graze each summer in Oregon, but in 2014, OR-7, a solitary wolf dubbed Journey, found a mate and produced a litter of pups in the vicinity of Owens’ herd. The Rogue pack was the first in the area in generations.“All of a sudden it’s, ‘Oh, he set up camp. And there’s a female. And there’s pups – oh my gosh!’” she recalled.

Source: ‘It’s tough sleeping at night’: ranchers seek to protect herds as wolves move in | Environment | The Guardian

Anti-wolf activists howl in Oslo again

“We have to take out more young wolves, to get down to the number of wolves the Parliament has agreed upon,” insisted Erling Aas-Eng, leader of Hedmark Bondelag, the farmers’ organization and lobby group in Hedmark County, to state broadcaster on Tuesday. “We can’t have uncontrolled growth (of the wolf population) in the wolf zone.”He was referring to the areas that were supposed to be set aside as conservation zones to protect Norway’s wolf population. Two wolves were shot last week in the zone around the popular ski resorts at Trysil in eastern Hedmark County. It was the first time the government has allowed wolves to be killed in a wolf zone, setting off protests from those striving to protect wolves, but that hasn’t pleased or satisfied Aas-Eng and others who still feel threatened by the roughly 65 wolves now believed to roaming in Norway.

Source: Anti-wolf activists howl in Oslo again

Germany wants looser rules on shooting wolves | The Japan Times

BERLIN – Germany’s agriculture minister wants to loosen restrictions on shooting wolves to reduce a growing population that threatens sheep and goats.Wolves disappeared from Germany a century ago after many were killed, in part because they are symbols of cunning and wickedness in German folklore but also because they attack farm animals and even humans.They have made a comeback across Germany, and the ministry says more than 600 now roam a northern belt from the border with Poland and the Czech Republic to the Dutch frontier.Wolves killed more than 1,000 farm animals in 2016, said the ministry. Farmers say their animals are being ravaged and hunters say wolves eat game they want to shoot and even damage trees.

Source: Germany wants looser rules on shooting wolves | The Japan Times

Government shutdown threatens wolf and moose winter survey on Michigan’s Isle Royale | mlive.com

ISLE ROYALE, MI – Just months after the National Park Service started a relocation program to trap and transport new wolves to Michigan’s remote Isle Royale in hopes of boosting the dwindling pack, a winter survey that will give researchers their first peek at how the new wolves are fitting into their new home might be called off because of the ongoing federal government shutdown.Staff from the research project posted a message Sunday night on the Wolves and Moose of Isle Royale Facebook page, alerting their followers that the winter survey, typically done by plane, might be grounded this year.

Source: Government shutdown threatens wolf and moose winter survey on Michigan’s Isle Royale | mlive.com

Grant program aims to deter Mexican wolf, cattle conflicts

PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona ranchers can now apply for grants as part of an effort to research measures that could prevent conflicts between livestock and Mexican gray wolves.The Arizona Game and Fish Department announced Thursday that the livestock loss board unanimously approved the grant program at its meeting in November. Arizona ranchers applying for the funds are required to provide a match either in cash or in-kind and/or third-party funds. They must also document the method to avoid conflict being used and its effectiveness.

Source: Grant program aims to deter Mexican wolf, cattle conflicts

Rischio ibridazione per il lupo italiano – National Geographic

‘è un problema con i lupi in Italia. Non è che sono pochi, come quando negli anni ’70 ne rimaneva un centinaio, né che sono troppi. È che i circa duemila lupi italiani forse non sono tutti lupi.La vera minaccia per la loro sopravvivenza è infatti l’ibridazione, l’accoppiamento con i cani che rischia di portare il lupo verso l’estinzione genetica. Non solo randagi ma anche cani da caccia dispersi, cani di proprietà liberi nei parchi ma soprattutto cani da guardiania come i maremmani abruzzesi, usati storicamente per tenere i predatori alla larga dal bestiame.

Source: Rischio ibridazione per il lupo italiano – National Geographic