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International Wolf News

France to let wolf population grow by 40% despite anger from farmers

The French government has announced it will allow the wolf population to grow 40% despite pressure from farmers in mountain regions who are worried … [Read More...]

Backlash after Italian councils allow bears and wolves to be shot

Two northern Italian councils have legalized the shooting of wild wolves and bears, plans which have been met with backlash from animal rights … [Read More...]

When Hunting’s Gunfire Becomes a Dinner Bell

Ethologist Dr.Valerius Geist in British Columbia is the former program director of Environmental Sciences at U. Calgary, and he is known world-wide … [Read More...]

Wolf Behavior

When Hunting’s Gunfire Becomes a Dinner Bell

Ethologist Dr.Valerius Geist in British Columbia is the former program director of Environmental Sciences at U. Calgary, and he is known world-wide for his studies and writings about large game animals. Val recently sent me an e-mail about something that hunters should be aware of. What prompted Val’s e-mail is that he had just received […]

Wölfe am Hochstand auf der Lauer (Wolf at the high stand in wait)

James Beers, a contributor to Wolf Education International, had the following to say about this wolf behavior: “Lest some will trumpet this as yet another indication of the purported intellectual capacity of wild canids.  Alligators in Louisiana have for decades exhibited a similar proclivity. As it was explained to me years ago by an old […]

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Wolf Attacks

Wolf Attacks Two Children in Poland

WOLF BEISST KINDE Am Dienstagabend wurden in Strzebowiska und Przysłup im polnischen Karpatenvorland nahe der slowakischen Grenze vermutlich zwei Kinder von einem Wolf angegriffen, wie polnische Medien berichten. Die verletzte Kinder wurden ins Krankenhaus gebracht, ihr Leben sei aber nicht in Gefahr. Bei den Verletzten handelt es sich um ein acht Jahre altes Mädchen und einen zehnjähriger […]

Video Press Release: Wolves Impacting Humans

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Hybridization Issues

Recent Mauling Death of an Eight-Day-Old Baby by Wolf Hybrid

The recent mauling death of an eight-day-old baby in Virginia is sparking debate on social media about whether it’s safe to keep wolf-dog hybrids as pets. The baby girl died after she was found bloodied in her crib at her Lee County home last week with the family’s wolf-dog hybrid standing over her, according to published reports. […]

With wolf DNA in their genes, coyotes may be taking on more ‘wolf-like’ traits

Coyotes have lived in the East since the 1930s, and recent genetic tests have shown they are actually a mixture of coyote, wolf and dog. That’s why Eastern coyotes tend to be bigger than their Western cousins, and how they may be growing increasingly similar to wolves. The hybrid carnivore has expanded its territory and […]

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Rebuttals to News Stories

George Orwell, call your office re: Wolves

The attached news report of a presentation touting the re-introduction of wolves in Colorado is so egregious, we debated even placing it on the Wolf Education International website.  Upon further examination, it was thought to be so misleading and so full of disinformation that it might serve as a useful example of how the public […]

All That is Protected Does Not Thrive

The following is a rebuttal/explanation of what was written in a National Wildlife Federation publication about species and extinction. The rebuttal was written by Dr. Valerius Geist. ~~~~~~~ Dear _____, I had not seen this particular announcement, but it does not surprise me. This is part and parcel of the same phenomenon: the belief in […]

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Impact of Wolves on Human Populations

When Hunting’s Gunfire Becomes a Dinner Bell

Ethologist Dr.Valerius Geist in British Columbia is the former program director of Environmental Sciences at U. Calgary, and he is known world-wide for his studies and writings about large game animals. Val recently sent me an e-mail about something that hunters should be aware of. What prompted Val’s e-mail is that he had just received […]

The Economic Effect of Wolf Predation on Ranching Families and Rural Communities

The Economic Effect of Wolf Predation on Ranching Families and Rural Communities By Rod Haeberle and Steve McLaughlin (The monetary numbers provided in this article are notional and introduced for the sole purpose of illustrating the unseen economic impact to a ranching family and the community. Actual numbers are protected to avoid retribution from activists) […]

Cattle producer says wolves cause breeding problems

A troubling trend has occurred for ranchers in NE Washington, the Capital Press is reporting, as an area rancher said their cattle are experiencing breeding issues since the migration of wolves to the area. According to the Diamond M Ranch’s Len McIrvin, the rate of female cows ranging for them that didn’t become pregnant has […]

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Disease

Worldwide epidemiology of liver hydatidosis including the Mediterranean area

Abstract The worldwide incidence and prevalence of cystic echinococcosis have fallen dramatically over the past several decades. Nonetheless, infection with Echinococcus granulosus (E. granulosus) remains a major public health issue in several countries and regions, even in places where it was previously at low levels, as a result of a reduction of control programmes due to economic […]

Recolonizing gray wolves increase parasite infection risk in their prey

Abstract The recent recolonization of Central Europe by the European gray wolf (Canis lupus) provides an opportunity to study the dynamics of parasite transmission for cases when a definitive host returns after a phase of local extinction. We investigated whether a newly established wolf population increased the prevalence of those parasites in ungulate intermediate hosts […]

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Studies/Scholarship

Habituation, Taming, Social Dominance Assertions, and “Freedom of the Woods”

By Dr. Valerius Geist

Mapping the expansion of coyotes (Canis latrans) across North and Central America

Abstract The geographic distribution of coyotes (Canis latrans) has dramatically expanded since 1900, spreading across much of North America in a period when most other mammal species have been declining. Although this considerable expansion has been well documented at the state/provincial scale, continent-wide descriptions of coyote spread have portrayed conflicting distributions for coyotes prior to the […]

Worldwide epidemiology of liver hydatidosis including the Mediterranean area

Abstract The worldwide incidence and prevalence of cystic echinococcosis have fallen dramatically over the past several decades. Nonetheless, infection with Echinococcus granulosus (E. granulosus) remains a major public health issue in several countries and regions, even in places where it was previously at low levels, as a result of a reduction of control programmes due to economic […]

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