Saturday, October 15, 2016

Wolf Weekly Wrap Up

#AlMaWaTransfer: the wolves. First, the good news. The Arabian Grey wolf is native in Jordan and can still be found in the wild. Now, the bad news. Unfortunately there are a number of wolves held in unspeakable conditions in local zoos and a number may even be found in illegal private keeping. The first group of wolves, confiscated from various zoos, was terribly stereotypical; throwing themselves against the walls and pacing their enclosures. When they first came to the Al Ma’wa New Hope Centre a full rehabilitation program was implemented for them. However, it was very clear to see that this group would not be fit for release back into the wild as they would not be able to survive and would end up returning to populated areas posing a threat to both people and themselves. An outdoor enclosure was established for this group and on their release the group ran for an hour solid enjoying their freedom, the feel of the soil beneath their paws and tearing through the bushes. Over the years a number of wolves were socialised with the pack at the Al Ma'wa New Hope Centre and now we look forward to moving them to the Al Ma’wa Reserve where they will have even more space to live as close to nature as possible.

Poll: Most Oregonians Oppose Wolf Hunting. A new poll finds that the vast majority of Oregon voters -- from both rural and urban areas -- oppose hunting as a way to manage wolves and believe wildlife officials wrongly removed state protections from wolves last November. The poll also revealed that most Oregonians believe nonlethal methods should be the primary focus in reducing conflicts between wolves and livestock.

The poll was commissioned by the Pacific Wolf Coalition, which includes the Center for Biological Diversity, and comes as the state reviews its wolf-management plan -- and while our court fight continues to reinstate statewide protections.

"Oregonians value wolves and feel that the state should be doing more to protect them, including resolving conflicts with livestock without resorting to guns and traps," said Amaroq Weiss, the Center's West Coast wolf organizer. Get more from KTVZ News.

It’s happened again: A wolf was brutally killed in Oregon, and we need your help to catch the killer. OR-28, a new mother, was found dead in the Fremont-Winema National Forest near Summer Lake, Ore. Her family is shattered and her young pup and mate – a male who wandered alone for four years before he found her – are left to fend for themselves.

We’re sickened by this latest crime against wolves. As soon as we heard the news today, the Center for Biological Diversity put up a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer or killers, adding to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s $5,000 reward.

Help us catch these criminals with an emergency donation to the Center’s Predator Defense Fund.

This latest killing adds to a terrifying trend. Last year alone, six wolves in Oregon were illegally killed or died under mysterious circumstances, making it one of the worst years on record for the state. Oregon has seen at least 10 wolves poached since they began returning to the state in 1999.

News of OR-28’s death comes on the same day that an Oregon man was sentenced for poisoning a wolf in Idaho’s Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness. The poacher poisoned a deer carcass, killing a wolf and a dog. We’re seeing more of these kinds of deaths as a sick culture of wolf-hating spreads and these killers gleefully share the “three S’s of wolf killing” – shoot, shovel and shut up.

If wolves are going to have a fighting chance, we have to turn our outrage into action.

We need you with us. No one fights harder for wolves than the Center – whether it’s in the courthouse, the state house or the streets. It’s because of Center supporters like you that we can offer this reward and do the work we do every day to win legal protection for these intelligent, social animals. Wolves belong in the wild, and wolf killers need to pay for their violence. Make it happen with a contribution to the Predator Defense Fund today.