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Who shot rare white wolf in Yellowstone? $10,000 reward is offered for information after animal had to be euthanized

Posted in 2017, animals with tags , , , on May 14, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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  • The 12-year-old female wolf had to be euthanized after hikers found her in April 
  • Yellowstone officials said the wolf was found suffering from a gunshot wound  
  • The reward for information leading to the person who shot her is now $10,000
  • The wolf was the alpha female of a group of wolves dubbed the Canyon Pack
  • Hunters and ranchers oppose the presence of wolves in the park, which now hosts about 100 white wolves 

A rare white wolf had to be euthanized after hikers found her suffering from a gunshot wound in the Yellowstone National Park. 

The reward for information leading to whoever shot the 12-year-old wolf rose to $10,000 on Friday after a wolf advocacy group matched a $5,000 reward offered earlier by the park.

Yellowstone officials put the severely injured wolf down after she was found suffering in the northern edge of the park, near Gardiner, Montana, on April 11.

The wolf was the alpha female of a group of wolves dubbed the Canyon Pack and a popular target of photographers.

A rare white wolf (file image) had to be euthanized after hikers found her suffering from a gunshot wound in the Yellowstone National Park

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4502944/Rare-white-wolf-shot-dead-Yellowstone-National-Park.html#ixzz4h3amUZ2w
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Danielle sits down to spend some quality snuggling time together with wolves

Posted in 2017 with tags , , , on May 12, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

 

Residing at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, this wolf spends most of his time in beautiful snowy woods and doesn’t miss the chance to cuddle his favorite human. When Kekoa and Danielle sit down to spend some quality snuggling time together, another wolf comes by. Meet Sakura, also a giant puppy in disguise of a wolf!

Is It OK to Let These Wolves Go Extinct in the Wild?

Posted in 2015, animals with tags , , on March 22, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame

What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers?

Posted in 2015, animals with tags , , , , on March 21, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame

When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable “trophic cascade” occurred. What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers? 

Scientists observed 12 wolves’ behaviour for 254 hours over 5 months & Have proofs that empathy among animals is a common trait

Posted in 2014, animals with tags , , , , on September 1, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Even though the study involved a small number of wolves, researchers said the findings offer initial evidence that contagious yawning is linked to wolves’ capacity for empathy.

Perhaps empathy is present in more species than previously thought, said lead author Teresa Romero, a researcher from The University of Tokyo.

‘In wolves, as well as in primates and dogs, yawning is contagious between individuals, especially those that are close associates,’ she said.

‘These results suggest that contagious yawning is a common ancestral trait shared by other mammals and that such ability reveals an emotional connection between individuals.’

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PETS Wolves and Dogs Speak With Their Eyes

Posted in 2014, animals with tags , , , on June 24, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

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A wolf rests in the snow at Yellowstone National Park. Credit: Doug Smith, National Park Service

Wolves and dogs can communicate using their eyes alone, suggests a new study in the journal PLoS ONE.

The color of the face around the eye, the eye’s shape and the color and shape of both the iris and the pupil are all part of the elaborate eye-based communication system, according to the research, which could apply to humans as well.

Sayoko Ueda of the Tokyo Institute of Technology and Kyoto University led the study, which compared these characteristics of the face and eyes among 25 different types of canines.

The researchers identified three basic patterns:

A-type: Both pupil position in the eye outline and eye position in the face are clear.

B-type: Only the eye position is clear.

C-type: Both the pupil and eye position are unclear.

“A-type faces tended to be observed in species living in family groups all year-round, whereas B-type faces tended to be seen in solo/pair-living species,” Ueda and colleagues wrote.

Wolves and dogs exemplify the A-type. Humans fit into this category too! Such individuals invite you to look into their eyes. The researchers even suspect that the white of the eye (sclera) evolved, in part, to set off the darker hues of the iris and pupil.

Animals like foxes exemplify the B-type. For them, some information is likely conveyed by the eyes to others, but not much.

Then there is the elusive C-type, exemplified by animals like bush dogs. Their all-dark eyes blend in with their furry faces. The researchers point out that “various predators camouflage their eyes to increase their hunting success.” Consider that if you don’t know what an individual is looking at, you can’t predict his or her behavior.

Following the eyes can reveal interests and where an individual might go next. Both wolves and dogs are adept at following human gazes.

“The fact that the studied (canine) species with A-type faces tended to engage in group living suggests that they use the gaze signal in communication among group members, as the need for communication is larger for group-living species than for solo/pair-living species,” the researcher wrote.

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They added, “Group-hunting species had significantly lighter iris color (an important factor of gaze-signaling eyes) than those of solo hunting species. These results suggest that the gaze signal is used for communication during group hunting in many of these species.”

Since we’re social mammals too, perhaps we are revealing more about ourselves and our mental states with our eyes than we fully realize.

http://news.discovery.com/animals/pets/wolves-and-dogs-speak-with-their-eyes-140624.htm

Radioactive Wolves Of Chernobyl – Scary Mutations

Posted in 2014 with tags , , , on March 15, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

An amazing documentary on the radioactive Wolves of Chernobyl.
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