15 May 2015
This program and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Red Wolf Recovery Program work to augment the wild population of red wolves by releasing captive wolves into the wild. Unfortunately, the future of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Red Wolf Recovery program is uncertain as NC officials recently asked the Service to terminate it. At Defenders we believe that it is vital that the Service continues to stand behind and fully fund the Red Wolf Recovery Program; we can’t allow these wolves to fade away once again from their native lands. You can help us by writing the Service and tell them not to abandon Red Wolf Recovery when the job isn’t done!
Wolf Science –“Tolerant Dogs And Aggressive Wolves”: You’ve heard it before: dogs are tolerant and wolves are aggressive, right? Not that simple, according to new research published by The Royal Society this April. For years, researchers have assumed the reason domestic dogs are so compatible with humans is that over the course of their domestication, they’ve evolved to become more tolerant and less aggressive. However, this research shows wolves – not dogs – are more tolerant and less aggressive with members of their own pack. The research examined dogs and wolves during feeding under identical conditions. Surprisingly, both dominant and subordinate wolves fed at the same time. When watching dogs, it was only high-ranking animals that monopolized the food. The scientists conclude that because wolves appear to be more cooperative than dogs with members of their own pack, such strong wolf-wolf cooperation could be the basis for the evolution of dog–human cooperation. Interesting stuff!
Keeping the Pressure on Congress: Vilifying wolves based on myths and propaganda doesn’t seem like the highest and best-use of congressional power. But, Representatives Newhouse (R-WA), Walden (R-OR), Stewart (R-UT), Lummis (R-WY), Kline (R-MN), Ribble (R-WI) and others are doing just that! Elected officials need to hear from their constituents about three bills currently under consideration in the House that would delist wolves in certain states! Congress has no business deciding whether wolves, or any other species, should be listed. The law is clear on this point. Listing decisions are to be based on science. You can help us by sending a note to your Representative. Thank you for all you do!