Wolves in the news

Wolf: Image courtesy International Wolf Center.

Yesterday the Science Museum of Minnesota opened a small traveling exhibition called Living With Wolves in the 21st Century that compares the wolves of North America within a world perspective and examine ways humans determine wolf survival. Coincidentally, yesterday U.S. Interior Secretary Gale Norton initiated a federal plan to move the management of gray wolves in Minnesota and other Great Lakes states to tribal and state agencies. In addition, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has begun the process of taking wolves off the endangered species list in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin, as well as in parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, because their populations have recovered under the federal protection of the Endangered Species Act.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that there are nearly 4,000 gray wolves in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin, which is up from between 700 and 1,000 when the gray wolf was listed as endangered in 1974.

Read the press release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for more information. Comments on this proposal can be submitted by e-mail to [email protected]

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Do wolves have a scientific name?

posted on Wed, 03/22/2006 - 11:52am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

wolf are so smart and intelligent.

posted on Fri, 04/28/2006 - 1:10pm
Predator X's picture
Predator X says:

I got visited by the author,Roland Smith, yesterday at my school!He told us that he has worked at a wolf restoration center!

posted on Sat, 03/18/2006 - 10:53am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Should it be legal to have wild wolves as a house pet?\r\nBecause they make a great pet; but why do people dislike wolves?

posted on Mon, 04/24/2006 - 12:36pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think wolves are interesting characters.\r\n

posted on Fri, 03/31/2006 - 12:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

wolves are rerally cool looking.\r\n

posted on Fri, 03/31/2006 - 12:11pm
Chris's picture
Chris says:

All animals have a two-part scientific Latin name. Why Latin? Well, sometimes there are many common names for the same animal depending on where you live. Cougar, Mountain Lion, Puma and Panther are all common names for Felis concolor.

All wolves are members of the genus Canis - a family that includes wolves, jackals and domestic dogs. Their species name is lupus (gray), rufus (red) or simensis (Ethiopian wolf) There is also a third name that can be added to describe a sub-species - like a certain type of gray wolf.

Here are some scientific names of wolves:

Arctic wolf - Canis lupus arctos
Mexican wolf - Canis lupus baileyi
Gray wolf/Timber wolf - Canis lupus
Red wolf - Canis rufus
Coyote - Canis latrans
Great Plains wolf - Canis lupus nubilus
Rocky Mountain wolf - Canis lupus occidentalis

posted on Thu, 03/23/2006 - 4:58pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

the scientific name for wolves is Canis Lupus.

posted on Mon, 07/09/2007 - 8:20am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

canis lupis

posted on Sat, 03/14/2009 - 4:26pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Why is it illegal to shoot wolves?

posted on Sun, 03/19/2006 - 3:02pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

My sister thinks wolves are the greatest animals in the world! she especially loves wild wolves.

posted on Fri, 04/28/2006 - 4:02pm
Joe's picture
Joe says:

Wolves are currently protected animals under the Endangered Species Act, so as an endangered animal it is illegal to shoot them.

posted on Sun, 03/19/2006 - 8:48pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Actually, wolves are listed as "threatened" rather than "endangered," at least in the West. And they are doing so well they may be removed from the Endangered Species Act altogether. The Interior Dept. is prepared to take them off the protected list in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, as soon as those states come up with acceptable management programs. Idaho and Montana have done so; the Wyoming plan is being challenged in court.

posted on Wed, 04/05/2006 - 8:17am
Andrea, International Wolf Center's picture

By way of clarification, the gray wolf (Canis lupus) is currently (08/01/06) classified as a federally "threatened" species in Minnesota, and an "endangered" species in the remainder of the lower 48 states. The gray wolf has no federal protections in Hawaii (wolves are not native there) or Alaska (there is a thriving population there). In parts of the Northern Rockies as well as the Southwestern US, reintroduced wolves also bear a classification called "nonessential experimental," which means that managers there have more options for what to do with wolves that kill livestock than they would if the wolves there were only listed as endangered without that nonessential experimental designation.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (part of the Department of Interior) has proposed to remove federal protections from wolves ("delist" them) in parts of the Midwest US (all of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, parts of Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota). The public comment period on that proposal ended in late June 2006, and now we wait to receive a final ruling from Department of Interior. The USFWS has indicated an intent to propose delisting in the Northern Rockies (all of Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana, parts of Utah, Washington and Oregon). As Gene indicates, the proposal can't officially be made until the state of Wyoming's plan receives approval from the USFWS.

We try to post changes to wolf status on our homepage just as soon as the news gets released. Watch the "In the Spotlight" section of the International Wolf Center's website for important news events.

posted on Wed, 08/02/2006 - 11:17am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

your sister has good taste!!!

posted on Thu, 10/30/2008 - 2:02pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Wolves! I am critical of one criterium of the wolf management strategy. That is, the wolf must show fear of humans. While you may argue that this requirement is prudent for the safety of people, it seems to me, that it is really a "Lord of the jungle" ego thing. There is a great deal of cowardice in people and every day brings evidence to this fact. Among our best animal researchers are women,like Diane Fossey and Dr. Jane Goodall. A chimpanzee is about three times more powerful than a very strong man, and a gorilla about five times. I doubt Dr. Goodall ever weighed more than a hundred and ten pounds. I hope I have made a contribution. Thank You.

posted on Wed, 07/05/2006 - 10:07am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

A proposal to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list in the Rockies is moving forward.

posted on Mon, 01/29/2007 - 11:08am
Adam's picture
Adam says:

Hey. can anyone tell me if it is possible that I saw wolves here in NE Ohio the other night? I was sitting in my car in my friend's driveway in Medina at 2 AM after getting some McDonalds. We thought we saw deer in the backyard but they were too small to be deer. (not that much smaller though) Suddenly, one chased a cat right out from behind the house and in front of my car. It scared the crap out of us both! Big big big grey/white doglike animal, and there were about 5 to 7 of them. I can't think of what else it could be, but I've never seen them before! Anyway, friend Nicole was too scared to get out of the car, so we slept in the driveway. Funny stuff. We're gonna tell all the neighbors to watch out with their small pets. But yeah, were they wolves or what?

posted on Sat, 11/03/2007 - 12:13pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

I would think it's at least possible. According to this article, wolves not only live in Ohio, but are common enough to be taken off the endangered species list. However, this was the only article I could find quickly that lists Ohio as wolf habitat, so if they are there, they are probably rare.

Wolves do hunt in packs, so 5 to 7 at a time would not be unusual.

Finally, wolves prefer heavily wooded areas, far from humans. I'm not terribly familiar with NE Ohio, but from what I could tell by looking at a map, it seems remote enough, and not too far from a pretty large forest.

So, while Ohio is well outside prime wolf country, I wouldn't say it was totally out of the question.

posted on Sat, 11/03/2007 - 10:18pm
Joe's picture
Joe says:

I'd agree that is is possible, as their historical range included Ohio.

posted on Sun, 11/04/2007 - 9:36pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:


posted on Sat, 11/03/2007 - 6:17pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Very interesting to see both gray and white wolves on the webcam. Cool!

posted on Sat, 03/29/2008 - 6:42pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

we should be leaving animals alone along with their habitats

posted on Sun, 03/30/2008 - 12:35pm
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protect the wolves foundation says:

i agree with anonomus we should let it be legal to hunt wolves beacause at my house we have a big pack of them and they are dangerous to my dogs and the property.

they rampage our garbage and try to eat our cats.

any suggestions on how to keep them away without harmin them

posted on Sun, 03/30/2008 - 6:43pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

On March 29, gray wolves were removed from the protection of the Federal Endangered Species Act in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Wolf populations in those states have rebounded to the point where protection is no longer needed. The states are planning a limited hunting season, to manage wolf populations and to protect livestock. Several environmental groups are fighting the delisting and suing to have it overturned.

posted on Tue, 04/01/2008 - 11:08am
Erica's picture
Erica says:

I think thatwe should keep livestock safe but also protect these magestic creatures the gray wolves.

posted on Tue, 04/01/2008 - 1:25pm
Tim's picture
Tim says:

Do wolves think about keeping other wolves safe? Do wolves eat livestock before they would eat a deer?

posted on Sun, 05/11/2008 - 2:09pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

There is no way of knowing what goes on inside an animal's mind. To my knowledge, science has no evidence of empathy among canines, though most of the higher vertebrates do exhibit forms of altruism.

Livestock generally move more slowly than deer. Livestock are also generally confined to pens and pastures where escape is much more difficult. I would not be at all surprised if some wolves learned that livestock make easier pickings and hunt them preferentially.

posted on Sun, 05/11/2008 - 6:43pm

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