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Last 500 Ethiopian Wolves Endangered by Lack of Genetic Diversity

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The last wolves in Africa face a difficult road if they are going to survive. Just 500 Ethiopian wolves (Canis simensis) remain in the mountains of the country for which they are named. The animals now live in six fragmented populations located hundreds of kilometers apart from one another; three of these populations have fewer [...]

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23,000 People from 33 States Apply for Minnesota Wolf Hunting Permits; Unrestricted Hunting Starts Soon in Wyoming

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Gray wolves (Canis lupus) have targets on their backs. One of the next barrages of gunfire will start soon in Minnesota, where more than 23,000 people have applied for the 6,000 permits that the state will issue for its fall hunting season, set to start November 3. This is one of the latest salvos against [...]

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Scientists want politics kept out of endangered species decisions

Some 1,293 scientists sent a letter (pdf) this week to each and every U.S. senator urging them not to support any endangered species legislation that is based on politics rather than science. “As scientists with expertise in biological systems,” the letter reads, “we are writing to urge you to vote against any legislation that would [...]

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How much is a wolf worth in Idaho? $11.75

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Gray wolves have a price tag on their heads in Idaho, and it’s a bargain-basement price at that. Starting Monday, Idaho residents can get wolf-hunting permits for just $11.75 (after purchasing a state hunting license for $12.75, of course). Nonresidents have to pay a bit more: $154.75 for a hunting license, plus $186 for a [...]

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Observations

Adaptation to Starchy Diet Was Key to Dog Domestication

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They work with us, play with us and comfort us when we’re down. Archaeological evidence indicates that dogs have had a close bond with humans for millennia. But exactly why and how they evolved from their wolf ancestors into our loyal companions has been something of a mystery. Now a new genetic analysis indicates that [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Wolves Can Learn From Humans. What Does That Mean For Dogs?

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Where did dogs come from? The question is harder to answer than it seems. The problem with much of the research on domestication is that the focus has been on how dogs and wolves interact with humans. Perhaps that’s understandable, since domestication is in part defined by a species’ incorporation into human culture. But to [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Wolves Howl For Friends, Challenging A Popular Theory of Animal Communication

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It was thought that animal communication can be explained by lower-level physiological states, but new research shows that wolf howls reflect social dynamics. Rather than indicating stress, wolf howling is a reflection of the quality of social relationships.

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The Thoughtful Animal

Dogs, But Not Wolves, Use Humans As Tools

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Sometime between fifteen and thirty thousand years ago, probably in the Middle East, the long, protracted process of domestication began to alter the genetic code of the wolf, eventually leaving us with the animals we know and love as domestic dogs. While there are several different theories as to exactly how dog domestication began, what [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Dingoes Ate My Nametag: Tool Use in a Dingo

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Each morning, a nametag would turn up missing. They went missing at some point during the nights, when nobody was around to notice. Each time one went missing, of course, it would be replaced. Nametags were essential in Bradley Philip Smith’s place of business. Every time he replaced a lost nametag with a new one, [...]

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