Wolf of rare species killed in Sulaiman Range – Pakistan – DAWN.COM

DERA GHAZI KHAN: Tribal people have killed a wolf of rare species of the Sulaiman Range to protect their animals while rest of five more wolves are being chased by the group of people belonging to different tribes in the Tuman Leghari area to shoot them.According to World Wildlife Foundation representative Attaullah, the incident of wolf shooting took place at Pharawn in Tuman Leghari, adjacent to Tuman Gorchani. He said a pack of six wolves had attacked animals of the locals and they started chasing it to kill the wolves.When this correspondent contacted District Wildlife Officer Mian Muhammad Ahmed, he told Dawn that killing of wolves was a punishable crime in Punjab under Section 21 of the Wildlife Act 1974. He claimed to have dispatched an official team to stop the tribal people from killing the rare species of the wolf.

Source: Wolf of rare species killed in Sulaiman Range – Pakistan – DAWN.COM

“Oliel”,Wild Israeli Wolf Rehabilitated and Released

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An Israeli wolf given the name “Oliel” had the good fortune of being found by compassionate samaritans after being struck by a car. The wild wolf had sustained a fractured leg and was taken to a vet by his rescuers. After surgery and a long rehab Oliel was released back into the Israeli countryside.

SEE PHOTOS OF OLIEL’S RECOVERY AND RELEASE

In ISRAEL, the Arabian wolf inhabits small areas in the countryside and fenced off landmine fields. Adapted for the desert, the Arabian or Israeli wolf is smaller than their northern gray wolf counterparts, weighing an average of 40 lbs. and stands approximately 25 inches tall at the shoulder.

Israel Nature and Parks Authority manages the wolf population and provides various degrees of legal protection as wolves are hunted, poached and culled. There are three wolf management zones in Israel; southern Golan Heights where ranchers can kill wolves for a bounty, further north where wolves have can only be killed  with a permit and in the national parks where they are protected but also poached. However, poisoning wolves in Israel is illegal.

The trophic cascades in Israel that wolves serve as the apex predator to include gazelles and wild boar that they hunt, the interspecific competition with jackals, foxes and hyenas to the already sparse oak woodlands. The eradication of wolves in Israel would have drastic consequences on the ecosystem.