1. mothernaturenetwork:

    Rescue dogs sniff out endangered species
    By training shelter dogs to find the scat of threatened species, Conservation Canines is saving the lives of both dogs and wildlife.

  2. Wolf-5468 by Sky Slicer on Flickr.

  7. canidcompendium:

    The Fox and the Wolf: an Unlikely Duo 

    by Brian Stallard

    Scientists have found evidence that indicates that a resurgence of wolf populations in North America could be suppressing the dominance of coyote populations, allowing for red foxes to gain the upper hand in a long-observed rivalry.

    According to a study published in the Journal of Animal Ecology, fur trapping records across North America indicate that red fox populations are on the rise where growing wolf populations are present.

    For wolf-claimed regions such as Alaska, Yukon, Nova Scotia, and Maine, this data is demonstrating what researchers from the Oregon State University Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society are calling the “wolf effect.”

    The wolf effect shows how the presence and absence of wolves in a region can affect two other primary predators, coyotes and red foxes.

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    Photo by Zechariah Judy

  10. Wolf 1 by Zoothera Birding on Flickr.

  12. canidcompendium:

    Experiment aims to help Mexican gray wolf pups 

    by Susan Montoya Bryan 

    With threats of disease, malnutrition and even inbreeding, the deck can be stacked against a Mexican gray wolf pup.

    Federal wildlife managers have long been troubled by the survival rates of wild-born pups, so they’ve started experimenting in an effort to boost the population as they reintroduce the endangered predator to the American Southwest.

    Biologists earlier this month transplanted a pair of 2-week-old pups born in a large litter to another pack of wolves with a smaller litter and more rearing experience. The cross-fostering technique has worked with red wolves on the East Coast. This marks the first time it’s being tried with Mexican gray wolves.

    Benjamin Tuggle, head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southwest Region, said the goal is not only to grow the population, but to have wolves that are genetically diverse and can steer clear of trouble while living in the wild.

    "Cross-fostering is just one of the management tools we can use to improve the genetic health of the wild population," he said.

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    Photo by Don Burkett