World wolf news
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
May 15, 2015
Wolf bites six hikers in Golan Heights: Six hikers were attacked and bitten by a wolf in Israel-occupied Golan Heights. The female wolf is believed to be rapid and has not been located by wildlife officials.
Wolves released in Arizona: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Arizona Game and Fish Department released a pair of Mexican wolves into the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests April 22. The female AF 1305) is the Rim Pack breeding female that was taken into captivity in January to be paired with M1130, a more genetically-diverse male. M1130 was whelped at the California Wolf Center in 2008 and eventually moved to the Service’s Sevilleta Wolf Management Facility in New Mexico. The wolf pair was observed breeding and biologists believe the female is pregnant. The pair was released near the Rim Pack’s old territory in Arizona. The Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team conducted a "soft release" of the pair, meaning the wolves will be held in an enclosure until the animals chew through the fencing and self-release.
Turner wolf permit denied: The New Mexico Game and Fish Commission has denied Ted Turner's request for a permit to hold Mexican wolves as part of the federal recovery effort for the species. The Turner Endangered Species Fund's Ladder Ranch Wolf Management Facility has held such a permit for 17 years, and this is the first time the application for a permit has been denied. Some view the action as the state wildlife commission's attempt to curb the Mexican wolf recovery effort.
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