GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. (KMSP) FOX 9
GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. (KMSP) FOX 9
The cub was found lifeless in the Castel di Guido wildlife sanctuary on April 10th, according to the charity that runs it, Lipu, and a post-mortem confirmed that it was killed by blunt force trauma, likely caused by a vehicle.
“Great sorrow for the animal’s death was followed by anger for the evidently non-natural causes of its demise,” Lipu wrote in a statement on Facebook.
The cub, born around a year ago, had a condition that meant it could not use its hind legs. The park’s concealed wildlife cameras filmed it lagging behind the rest of the pack, which never abandoned it despite its disability, Lipu said.
The charity, which has informed the authorities, suspects that a driver may have hit the wolf deliberately.
“It’s hard to believe this was an unintended accident,” its statement said. “It doesn’t seem credible that on a dirt road, where the uneven surface forces you to reduce your speed and yet straight enough that you can see a long way ahead, it wouldn’t be possible to avoid an animal that, due to its physical disability, was moving very slowly.”
Staff didn’t find any skid marks in the mud that would indicate the driver had attempted to swerve, Lipu said.
While the 180-hectare reserve is supposed to be off-limits to all except authorized vehicles, Lipu says that it frequently finds – and reports to the authorities – gates and barriers left open, often when poachers are found to have intruded.
“We cannot exclude the possibility that this time one of these criminals used their car as a hunting weapon instead of a gun, taking out among other things the weakest member of the pack that couldn’t even use escape as its defence.
“It leaves us with great bitterness to see that an incredible effort by the pack, that above all expectations successfully took care of a disabled member of its family, met with on one hand the terrible cruelty of some members of the human species, and on the other the indifference of those responsible for managing such a precious place entrusted to their custody.”
The Castel di Guido had its first wild wolf births in more than a century last year, keeping the litter a secret for months until they were sure of the cubs’ survival.
The World of Lupines Foundation (W.O.L.F.) is excited to announce the advent of several new features: the official launch of our North American chapter; the new international website; additional resources and benefits for our membership; and, for the first time in history of the foundation, W.O.L.F. is offering a general membership option for wolfdog owners and enthusiasts.
W.O.L.F.’s goals are to provide an educational and support network for wolfdog owners, supporters and breeders around the world and to run a global registration service for ethically produced Lupine Dogs. In order to best meet these goals and adhere to the needs of our ever expanding international membership, W.O.L.F. has added localised support services under our ‘zone’ pages on our new website. The website serves as a core information provider about our worldwide organisation, Lupine Dog registration, and provides access to local resources for our North American zone division and our first German language resource page for Continental Europe.
We are please to introduce our new ‘Lupine Classification’ system. This detailed system enables prospective owners to find the Lupine Dog that best matches their lifestyle and environment, whilst also providing our Lupine Dog breeders the opportunity to follow their breeding goals yet remain united under W.O.L.F.’s ethical and responsible breeding practices. You can find more information about the Lupine Classification system and breeder registration on our website.
W.O.L.F. is pleased to announce that we have aligned ourselves with companies such as Embark and other canine retailers around the world to provide our members special discounts on products and services. We have also included a ‘members area’ on our website that is available exclusively to our membership. The ‘members area’ contains our growing database of Lupine Dog information, resources, educational material, and details of member only special offers and events.
W.O.L.F. is looking forward to the summer season and will be kicking off with a series of Education Team appearances at the ‘All About Dogs’ show in the UK this month. Additionally, W.O.L.F. will hold our very first North American show and educational seminar over Labor Day weekend at the Full Moon Farm ‘Pawty’. We hope you will come along and support us in actively promoting a responsible attitude towards Lupine Dog ownership.
To become a member of W.O.L.F., follow the link to their website and click on the ‘membership’ tab at the top. W.O.L.F. wishes you all a fantastic summer season and looks forward to meeting you at their scheduled events. You can find details of W.O.L.F. appearances under ‘News & Events’.
The W.O.L.F. Committee
‘The Lupine Dog: the dog, as nature intended.”
Photo Credit: Capri23auto via Pixabay. Mar 22, 2018 | Original Story from the University of Lincoln.
The international study showed that around 60 per cent of Eurasian grey wolf genomes carried small blocks of the DNA of domestic dogs, suggesting that wolves cross-bred with dogs in past generations.
Reference: Pilot Małgorzata, Greco Claudia, vonHoldt Bridgett M., Randi Ettore, Jędrzejewski Włodzimierz, Sidorovich Vadim E., … Wayne Robert K. (2018). Widespread, long‐term admixture between grey wolves and domestic dogs across Eurasia and its implications for the conservation status of hybrids. Evolutionary Applications, 0(0). https://doi.org/10.1111/eva.12595
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BREAKING GOOD NEWS!
Anti-Wolf Rider Dropped From Omnibus Bill!
YOU DID IT!
Congress heard your howls! Thanks to you, the 2018 spending bill is moving forward devoid of the “War on Wolves” rider seeking to eliminate Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in 4 states!
Every voice raised in support of wildlife and wild places can make a difference. And when we all work together we can make big things happen! None of this would have been possible without your calls, emails and the leaders in Congress who #standforwolves.
Details to come.
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