Wolves return to Rome’s periphery for the first time in 100 years

September 26, 2017 by  
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The wolf , an animal that has served as a symbol of Rome since ancient times, has returned to the historic Italian city for the first time in a century. The alpha predators were recently sighted in a nature preserve at Castel di Guido, only a short distance from Leonardo DiVinci international airport and the perimeter highway encircling the capital of Italy. Scientists estimate that there are at least four wolves, two cubs and two adults, that reside in the area. According to Roman mythology, Romulus, Rome’s founder, and his brother Remus were suckled by a female wolf in a cave after being abandoned on the Tiber River. This episode is represented throughout Roman iconography, including the seal for Rome’s soccer club, AS Roma. The return of this iconic species to Rome is welcomed by the locals. “We’re very pleased that they are back,” said Alessia De Lorenzis, a professor whose work involves tracking and documenting the wolf pack. Related: American Coywolf is a fascinating hybrid species with supercharged adaptation Wolves were originally hunted in Europe and North America, nearly to extinction, in part due to their predation of livestock animals. The modern wolves of Rome seem to pose little threat to livestock as an analysis of their feces has demonstrated that they rely almost entirely on a diet of wild boar, a plentiful animal in the region. In Italy, the killing of wolves was promoted until the 1970s, a time when the Italian wolf population had fallen to about 100 animals. Wolves received protected status in 1971 and the population has since recovered to about 1,500-2,000 individuals, with a particularly robust population in the mountainous region on the border of France . Via The Telegraph Images via  the Italian League for Bird Protection

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NPS offers $5K reward for information about beloved white wolf shot in Yellowstone

May 15, 2017 by  
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There are only three white wolves known to reside in Yellowstone National Park . But one of them, a 12-year-old alpha female, was recently mortally wounded from a gunshot and had to be put down by park staff. Park superintendent Dan Wenk said this was a criminal act, and the park is offering $5,000 for any information about who might have shot the animal . Hikers came across the severely wounded white wolf last month inside the national park near Gardiner, Montana . Park staff responded and had to euthanize the wolf because her wounds were too grave. She was sent to the United States Fish & Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Oregon for a necropsy, and this week Yellowstone National Park shared the preliminary results: the wolf suffered from a gunshot. Related: Court condemns Wyoming wolves to first legal hunt in four years Park officials think someone shot the alpha female in the north side of Yellowstone or near the Old Yellowstone Trail. They think she was wounded between 1 AM on April 10 and 2 PM on April 11. Wenk said the park will offer a reward for information that can help them arrest and convict the person or people who criminally shot the wolf. The white wolf was 12 years old, which is double the average Yellowstone wolf’s age. She was the alpha female for more than nine years with one alpha male. She gave birth to at least 20 pups as an alpha female. The park said her range was quite expansive, from Hayden Valley in Wyoming to the Firehole River area, and even up to the northern part of the park near Montana. The park describes her as “one of the most recognizable wolves and sought after by visitors to view and photograph .” The park encourages anyone with information to step forward and call, text, email, or message them on social media; details to get in touch are here . Tips are confidential. Via the National Park Service Images via Yellowstone National Park on Flickr ( 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 )

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British Columbia to kill nearly 200 wolves in last-ditch effort to save caribou

January 22, 2015 by  
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In a desperate attempt to save the endangered mountain caribou of British Columbia, Canada, the government there has ordered a death sentence for up to 183 grey wolves. Populations of South Selkirk mountain caribou have dwindled into the double digits, and the provincial government blames the iconic wolf species for putting the caribou in danger of extinction . Wolves are often made out to be “the bad guys” when another species is in trouble, and then targeted for killing , but there is a lot of controversy surrounding their relative guilt or innocence. Read the rest of British Columbia to kill nearly 200 wolves in last-ditch effort to save caribou Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: british columbia , canada , caribou , conservation , cull , culling , endangered , endangered species , extinct , extinction , killing , population management , populations , predators , shooting , Wildlife , wildlife management , wolf , wolves

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300 Ivy Street is a mixed-use block of pedestrian-friendly living

January 22, 2015 by  
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MVRDV proposes twisted, hourglass-like skyscraper in Vienna

January 22, 2015 by  
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New research reveals that culling wolves is actually bad for livestock

December 11, 2014 by  
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When humans interfere with nature the results are rarely good and such is the case with culling wolf populations. According to a recent study , more livestock are killed after wolves are culled than when populations are left alone. Treehugger reports that Washington State University researchers combed through 25 years worth of data and uncovered that for each wolf killed, the odds of a sheep dying goes up by four percent and the likelihood of cattle getting killed jumps by five to six percent. The reason for this seemingly upside-down conclusion? According to the research, wolf pack stability is key when it comes to controlling the impact of wolves on livestock and culling them disrupts the packs, leading to more breeding. Read the rest of New research reveals that culling wolves is actually bad for livestock Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Animals , cruelty , cull , farming , kill , killing , killing wolves , livestock , livestock control , state , washington , wildlife control , wildlife cull , wildlife culling , wolf , wolf cull , wolf culling , wolf populations , wolves

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VIDEO: Wolf Pups Get the Hiccups Too

December 1, 2014 by  
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We have a lot more in common with our furry wolf friends than most people realize, and an annoying little case of the hiccups is no exception. The star of this little video is Nikai ; an 8-month-old gray wolf who lives at the New York Wolf Conservation Center . He’s probably the most adorable hiccup-er we’ve ever seen, and watching him is a perfect pick-me-up for a chilly November day. (Be sure to crank up the volume so you can hear his little meeps.) To learn more about Nikai and his siblings, Zephyr and Alawa, or to find out how you can help support and protect   these gorgeous animals , stop by the Wolf Conservation Center website! + NY Wolf Conservation Center Related: How to Find a Wolf Sanctuary Near You and Meet Some Wild Wolves! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: baby wolf , baby wolf hiccup , baby wolf hiccupping , hiccoughs , hiccup , hiccupping , hiccups , New York Wolf Conservation Center , New York Wolf Conservation Centre , Nikai , Nikai with hiccups , wolf , wolf conservation center , wolf cub , wolf hiccup , wolf protection , wolf pup , wolf pup hiccupping , wolf pup Nikai , wolf pup with hiccups , wolf pup with the hiccups , wolves

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Help Stop The Killing of Wolves: Boycott Discovery Channel’s Ridiculous “Man-Eating Super Wolves”

August 18, 2014 by  
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  Back in May, the Animal Planet channel was set to screen a ridiculous piece of clap trap posing as a documentary entitled, “Man-Eating Super Wolves.” The production purports that wolf numbers have grown so large that the animals will soon be hunting people living in subdivisions: the kind of scaremongering hyperbole that gets at-risk populations of wolves killed for no valid reason. A public campaign against the screening was successful in getting the program pulled from Animal Planet, but now the Discovery Channel Canada has decided to screen it this coming Sunday 24 August, 2014. If you would like to add your voice to the campaign to stop this screening, read on for details. Read the rest of Help Stop The Killing of Wolves: Boycott Discovery Channel’s Ridiculous “Man-Eating Super Wolves” Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal culls , apex predators , Campaign , discovery , Discovery Channel Canada , documentary , grey wolf , hunting , Man-eating Super Wolves , petition , red wolf , wolf

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Putin Turns Russians into Locavores – Whether They Like It or Not

August 18, 2014 by  
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While a government-sanctioned local food movement might be a distant dream for American locavores, it’s currently becoming a reality in Russia where President Vladimir Putin recently banned a long list of imported foods from the country’s stores. The move is a reaction by the Russian autocrat against countries including the United States, Canada and the whole European Union amongst others, which placed sanctions on Russia in response to the conflict in the Ukraine and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Read the rest of Putin Turns Russians into Locavores – Whether They Like It or Not Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ban , conflict , food , local , locavore , Putin , russia , sanction , ukraine

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Wildlife Prize Winning Photo is a Fake

January 21, 2010 by  
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Image from the Guardian Here’s the award winning photo from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Now what is fake about it

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