Saturday, August 26, 2017

Wolf Weekly Wrap Up, How Wolves React to Solar Eclipses, Wolf slaughter spreading to Oregon, Predator Defense Fund...

More bad news from the Pacific Northwest: The wolf slaughter is spreading to Oregon, where the state plans to brutally pick off members of the Harl Butte pack. This wolf family has already suffered major losses after the state killed two of them earlier this month and another one this week.

These cruel, inhumane killings must stop. We're fighting to end this wave of attacks, but there isn't much time.

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Three pups and about seven adult wolves are all that remain of the Harl Butte pack. These pups are just getting their start on life, and they depend on the adults in their pack for protection and to feed them. They desperately need our help.

Every day our activists are fighting for wolves in Oregon and Washington — where we're raising an outcry over the recent killings of the Smackout pack — and across the country. Had states like Washington and Oregon adopted changes we and our allies have been urging them to make, these brutal wolf killings wouldn't be taking place.

Instead Oregon's wildlife agency went out of its way to strip protections from wolves, rather than update its wolf plan to reflect current science showing nonlethal measures are more effective and less costly than simply killing wolves. We are battling them in court to get protections restored but while the legal battle unfolds, the Harl Butte pack is paying a terrible price. 

We'll fight at every turn on behalf of wolves being senselessly targeted, wherever they're in danger. 

The Center's lawyers, scientists and activists are the most effective wolf advocates in America. We work every day to secure a future for these beautiful animals.

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Wild & Weird: How Do Wolves React to Solar Eclipses?
As Americans prepared to witness the solar eclipse on Monday, scientists got set to study how wildlife reacts to such celestial events. Purdue scholars, for example, decided to gather thousands of audio files from museums, parks and citizen scientists to find out how animals vocalize during eclipses. And the California Academy of Sciences put out a free app that allowed users to log wildlife sightings just before, during and after the event.

There have long been stories about wild animals reacting strangely to eclipses. Check out Vanessa Renwick's new video of Dr. Paul C. Paquet, a University of Victoria professor, describing his experience with wolves on Facebook or YouTube.