Following the shooting of a tagged Yellowstone grey wolf just outside the park's borders in Wyoming--the eighth such wolf shot this season--the state of Montana has banned wolf hunting in areas adjacent to the park. The NYTimes quotes a Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Park commissioner who cites the "time and money and effort" that goes into the tagging and research of these wolves, as well as a Yellowstone biologist who still seems to be smarting from the loss, saying this is a "moderate" decision that addresses "some of the issues as far as the science." [NYTimes]
A maned wolf that had been left for dead after being hit by a truck was released back into the Brazilian wild this month, granted a speedy recovery through the use of stem cells. The female wolf is reportedly the first wild animal treated with stem-cell therapy, according to the Brazilian National Journal.
Many millennia ago, man created dog. As the story goes, gray wolves in East Asia took to the comforts of human camp life somewhere between 15,000 and 40,000 years ago. People bred their new canine companions for docility and other favored traits. Dogs then accompanied humans crossing the Bering Strait into the Americas 12,000–14,000 years ago.
Wolves are fresh off the endangered species list, and officials are wasting no time in culling their populations
By Matt Ransford
Posted 04.09.2008 at 12:27 pm 21 Comments
Ranchers and conservationists have long been at odds over how to manage the populations of predators at the top of the food chain. Now that wolves have been recently delisted from the Federal Endangered Species Act, state governments in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming are wasting no time organizing hunts to reduce the animals' numbers, citing increased attacks on cattle as the reason for the culls. Conservationists are planning to respond with lawsuits against the federal government to attempt to bring the wolves back on the endangered list.
To study wolf populations, researchers enlist an innovative new call-and-respond system
By Matt Ransford
Posted 03.19.2008 at 9:34 am 0 Comments
Researchers use a range of digital technologies in the field to study animal populations. GPS collars and tags track range and migration; motion-sensitive cameras snap candid photos; pre-recorded calls and songs attract individuals so the scientists can get a closer look. Now a new tool has been added to the field arsenal for University of Montana biologists studying wolves in Idaho: the Howlbox.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.