Saturday, February 6, 2016

Wolf Weekly Wrap Up!

Rescuers Spotted a Sick Wolf-Hybrid Wandering the Streets of LA and Then Did Something Amazing. In recent years, wolf-hybrids have gained popularity as a trend pet. While these hybrid animals are beautiful, they often require much more responsibility than a typical dog. Wolfdog parents end up overwhelmed and underprepared for the challenges that come along with caring for such active and cunning animals, which leads wolf-hybrids to be surrendered to sanctuaries, or worse … abandoned in the streets. The latter was the case when Hope For Paws received a call about an usual rescue. Rescuers were told that a wolf-hybrid had been spotted walking down the streets of South Central, Los Angeles, looking very sick and disoriented.

Upon hearing the desperate situation, the team raced into action. These amazing volunteers were not only able to rescue this abandoned pup, but also nurse her back to health. Now named Julia, she is well on her way to making an incredible transformation.
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Julia was spotted walking along the streets, looking gravely ill.
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Julia had an old rope tied to her, which indicated that someone owned and neglected her. 
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The team offered Julia treats in the hope of earning her trust.Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 9.42.52 AM
Skinny and starved, she gently accepted the food.
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Luckily, she allowed rescuers to put a leash on her. Shortly thereafter, she was whisked away to the vet.
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Julia was covered with infected wounds and pus oozed from her skin. Though her coat was thick, Julia was only skin and bones.
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After a bath, Julia was thankful to be dry, resting in her rescuer’s arms.
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She got a full medical evaluation to assess her health.
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And most importantly, got a lot of rest.
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Though she is part wolf, Julia was always careful when taking treats and food from her handlers, grateful for their kindness.
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Soon she started to look like a new dog!
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And feel like one too.
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All this little one needed was care and a lot of love.
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Julia continues to show her appreciation with snuggles. 
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Julia is still in recovery, and it will likely be a while until she is able to be adopted into a loving home. There are many measures that need to be taken when caring for a wolf-hybrid. Many people make the mistake of thinking that wolf-hybrids can be treated just like any other dog, but in reality, there is no way to guarantee that a wolf-hybrid will be more or less like a domesticated animal. Wolfdogs also run the risk of contracting rabies since there is no approved vaccine for wolves or wolf-hybrids.

The good news is that Julia is in the experienced hands of the Hope for Paws team and we are sure she will get the special home she needs. All image source: Eldad Hagar/Flickr.

Lawsuit Challenges Wolf-killing in Oregon
Oregon wolfThe Center and allies went to court on Wednesday challenging the authority of the federal animal-killing program Wildlife Services to kill any of the estimated 81 wolves living in Oregon. The lawsuit comes just weeks after a federal court ruled that Wildlife Services' controversial wolf-killing program in Washington is illegal.

A federal extermination program under the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Wildlife Services kills roughly 1.5 million to 3 million creatures per year, including wolves, grizzly bears, mountain lions, otters, foxes, coyotes, birds and even domestic pets -- with little oversight or accountability. Wildlife Services employs inhumane tools to kill wildlife, including aerial gunning, leghold traps, snares and poisons.

"Oregon is no place for Wildlife Services," said the Center's Amy Atwood. "Wildlife Services is a rogue program that uses ineffective, cruel and costly methods to kill wolves instead of common-sense, nonlethal methods that foster coexistence."

Read more in our press release.
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Great Lakes Wolf Recovery Causes Changes to Ecosystem. Since wolf reintroduction began, researching the effects of wolves on the environment has been a hot area of scientific inquiry. In several regions, research has demonstrated that wolves, in conjunction with other factors like climate and landscape conditions, have a distinct positive impact on the local environment. For example, in Yellowstone National Park, wolves helped reduce the intensity of elk grazing on berry-producing shrubs, which provided additional food for grizzly bears. Now a new study examines the impact of wolf recovery in the Great Lakes, showing that the forest ecosystem in northern Wisconsin has indeed changed because of wolves’ presence. The study shows that wolf reintroduction decreased local white tail deer populations, which led to an increased diversity of plant and shrub species in areas where wolves were present. This study contributes to the growing body of literature that documents the ways in which wolves contribute to the environmental health of the areas they inhabit.

There have been more than 90 legislative measures introduced this Congress to undo decades of wildlife conservation progress and abandon the wildlife we all love. 

If these measures pass, wolves will die. Other wildlife will lose protection. And still others will find their habitat plundered and destroyed. 

Urgent – your support gives Defenders the resources we need to fight the anti-wildlife agenda. 

Most recently, anti-wildlife senators in Washington, D.C. have introduced a series of amendments to the Energy Bill that would cripple wolf conservation and set wildlife protection back by decades. 

There are four amendments in particular that must be defeated: 

The "open season on wolves" amendment – would delist wolves in Wyoming and the Western Great Lakes. We’ve seen what delisting looks like in Wyoming, where it was open season on wolves every day of the year in 80% of the state before the courts put a stop to it; 

The "let’s give up on Mexican gray wolves" amendment – would delist Mexican gray wolves if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determines that minimum survival goals under a deficient, outdated plan from 1982 have been met;

The "leave bats in the dust" amendment – would prevent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from protecting the highly imperiled northern long-eared bat as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act; and 

The "forget your day in court" amendment – blocks citizens from going to court to hold the government accountable when it does not properly enforce the ESA. This amendment would bar recovery of legal fees otherwise available under the law and allow local governments to veto a federal court’s decision to enforce the law with regard to certain species.

The anti-wildlife forces have their high paid lobbyists and lawyers. Wildlife have you and me as their voice – we're the premier organization speaking out on behalf of wildlife and wild places. 

You and I know that most Americans love their wildlife and want to see it protected. It’s up to you and me to make sure the true voices of Americans are heard on Capitol Hill. 
Demand an Immediate Status Review of Wolves in the Northern Rockies! More than five months have passed since Defenders formally requested that FWS conduct an urgent review to reassess the status of wolves in the Northern Rockies, based on the aggressive management of wolves by the state of Idaho.

The call for this status review is an important step toward restoring Endangered Species Act protection to wolves in Idaho and other Northern Rockies states.

Less than five years after wolves lost federal protection, it is clearer than ever that Idaho refuses to manage its wolf population responsibly. Please tell FWS to reassess the status of wolves in the Northern Rockies today.