Snow is blanketing much of the US today. Wildlife adapts – like this wolf at Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge. With its thick fur, large paws and long legs, the wolf has an easy time moving through snow.
Urban Wildlife: These public radio loving Gray Foxes (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) have been seen hanging around outside the KERA studios in Dallas, TX on and off for years, and were finally captured on film this week.
Raccoon Dog (Carnivora: Canidae: Nyctereutes procyonoides)
Often mistaken for a badger or a raccoon, the raccoon dog is actually more closely related to wild dogs. That being said, they act more like raccoons as they scavenge for berries along riverbanks. Raccoon dogs are often hunted as pests. Their luck in the illegal fur trade is no better, often attracting the attention of animal welfare groups. Their adaptability in the wild allows them to quickly become an unwelcome invasive species out of Asia. However, this sneaky trickster is well honoured in Japanese folklore as a master of disguise. Raccoon dog, or “Tanuki”, figurines are often places outside of Buddhist to bring good fortune by showing off a friendly smile.
Wildlife Services kills an average of 227 coyotes a day - yes, a day.
This tax-payer supported rogue operation mostly kills coyotes to benefit the livestock industry, yet there are plenty of non-lethal ways to coexist with this predator.
Please send your message to US Dept. of Agriculture now to support a far-reaching investigation into this vicious assault on our nation’s wildlife - the lives of hundreds of thousands of coyotes and other animals are depending on it.
Earlier this month, Defenders and several other nonprofits filed suit against the U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Fish and Game for hiring a trapper to exterminate two wolf packs in the remote Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho. Unfortunately, last Friday a federal judge in Idaho denied our request to end the program…
Chilla fox male specimen, photographed on the slopes of Volcan Osorno, Chile.
The Chillafox or Patagonian fox, Lycalopex griseus - Syn. Pseudalopex griseus - is a small South American canid. Despite their name, they are not true foxes but are a unique canid genus more closely related to the wolves, dogs, jackals and coyotes than they are to foxes, which they somewhat resemble and after which they are named.
Lycalopex griseus is the most common species, and it is known for its large ears and a highly marketable, russet-fringed pelt. It is wide spread throughout Patagonia and western Argentina.
The species was introduced to Tierra del Fuego in 1951 to control the European rabbit. This area now has the highest population density. These foxes are also found on several small islands off the western coast of West Falkland, in Chile, southern Peru, and are believed to exist in central Peru. They live on both sides of the Andes Mountains (23° S to 55° S).
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services may sound harmless, but this secretive wildlife-extermination agency is killing as many as 3 million coyotes, bears, beavers, foxes, birds, wolves and other native animals each year…
The U.S Forest Service (USFS) has ignored their own wilderness management policy and allowed the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) to send a trapper out to exterminate two wolf packs deep within the vast Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness…
Studies show that Australia’s “favorite scapegoat” most likely didn’t kill the Tasmanian tiger
By Helen Thompson
ingoes are Australian icons for all the wrong reasons. Maligned as baby snatchers and sheep killers, the outback’s free-ranging dogs are viewed by many as pests. Until recently, they have also taken the blame for the extinction of two of the Australian mainland’s former inhabitants: the Tasmanian tiger and its relative, the Tasmanian devil.
Bert Roberts, a field ecologist at the University of Wollongong in Australia, argues for “a pardon for the dingo” in last week’s issue of Scienceand points to recent evidence placing the blame for those extinctions squarely on humans, instead.
For thousands of years, the Tasmanian tiger (Thylacinus cynocephalus), a wolf-like marsupial with tiger-esque stripes, dominated mainland Australia’s food chain, along with the Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii). Hitching a ride with humans from Asia, the wild dogs showed up about 4600 years ago, and tigers and devils disappeared from the Australian mainland roughly 2000 years ago…
Ravens and wolves form social attachments with each other and take huge advantage of each other.
Both animals eat meat. When wolves killed a prey, ravens eat from the left over cadaver and scavenge it. Also, ravens lead wolves to preys or cadavers. The ravens fly and the wolves follow. Ravens also alert wolves to dangers.
They also play with each other. For example the ravens dive at the wolves and then speed away or peck their tails to try to get the wolves to chase them, or wolf cubs chasing after teasing ravens.
Dr. L. David Mech wrote in ‘The Wolf: The Ecology and Behaviour of an Endangered Species’:"It appears that the wolf and the raven have reached an adjustment in their relationships such that each creature is rewarded in some way by the presence of the other and that each is fully aware of the other’s capabilities."
Also very interesting: Bernd Heinrich wrote in ‘Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds’:"Ravens can be attracted to wolf howls. The wolves’ howls before they go on a hunt, and it is a signal that the birds learn to heed. Conversely, wolves may respond to certain raven vocalizations or behavior that indicate prey. The raven-wolf association may be close to a symbiosis that benefits the wolves and ravens alike. At a kill site, the birds are more suspicious and alert than wolves. The birds serve the wolves as extra eyes and ears."
Just this year, poachers have killed about 10% of the remaining red wolf population in the U.S.
by Michael Graham Richard
This needs to stop before it’s too late
The Red Wolf is classified as “Critically Endangered” by the IUCN’s Red List of Endangered Species, with two out of three sub-species already extinct and only 90 to 100 individuals left in the third. To say that it is on the brink of extinction and needs protection is almost an understatement.
But things are not going well. Just this year, 9 red wolves have been killed. Just this week, authorities in North-Carolina has found 2 animals that have been shot, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has put out a $26,000 reward for any information that would help its investigation…
The Dhole, also named as Asiatic wild dog or Indian wild dog (Cuon alpinus) is a canid native to South and Southeast Asia.
There are 10 subspecies of the dhole ranging in color and size. Two of the subspecies are listed as endangered by the IUCN (East asian dhole and the West indian dhole). Two other subspecies are on the verge of extinction (Cuon alpinus primaerus and the Cuon alpinus laniger).
… is one of the most superbly cold-adapted mammals. It does not begin to shiver until temperatures reach -70°C (-94°F). Its dense, multi-layered coat provides excellent heat insulation. Short ears, a short muzzle, and short limbs reduce heat loss by minimizing the amount of body surface area exposed to the cold. Even the pads on the soles of the feet are covered with fur to insulate them. Arctic foxes change color seasonally. Most populations are grayish-brown in summer and white in the winter…