Dwindling Denali wolves raise tourism concerns
wolf population across the 6 million acre park and preserve declined from 143 in fall 2007 to just…
Wolf pups recorded on audio in Denmark
Wolf enthusiasts who track the wolves in Denmark say they have recorded audio of wolf pups in the central and western of Jutland (Denmark). They recorded a howl on audio, in which they believe, wolf pups can be heard. The guy who recorded the howls says that the puppies’ howl has the same sound and tone as that of adults, but are lighter, shorter and not as strong. The trackers also spoke with witnesses who claim to have seen wolf pups.
They do not want to tell where exactly they heard the howling, to prevent the wolves from being hunted.
Wolf expert Thomas Secher, who is senior scientist at the Natural History Museum, said that so far no DNA traces have been found, but it is not unlikely that there are wolves they have not yet on track.
Danish article here - I tried my best to translate it.
Switzerland has confirmed it’s first wolf pups born there in over 150 years
It was confirmed by the Office for Hunting and Fishin, Graubünden, after multiple hunters had spotted three wolf babies.
The pups are around four months old. The reason why they were not discovered earlier is because the whole area is very rugged and there are few roads and paths. These are optimal living conditions for the little wolf family.
The new family of five wolves now live quite near Chur, Switzerland. Since the mid 19th Century wolves in Switzerland were virtually exterminated. It was not until 1995 that the wolves from the south had migrated to Switzerland. But so far they have never been seen in a pack there.
The Grey Wolf (Canis lupus) varies a lot in appearance over it’s range. In the southern half of Europe and Asia sub-species such as the Iberian (C. lupus signatus), Arabian (C. lupus arabs) and Indian (C. lupus pallipes) wolves are very different from the more familiar northern wolves. In general these wolves tend to be smaller with much shorter coats, longer limbs and finer features.
Not far from the German place Cuxhaven, a wolf was caught on picture with a trap camera. Earlier, DNA tests earlier concluded that a wolf was present in this area. That wolf came from Sachsen-Anhalt.
More on the actual status of wolves in/around Niedersachsen: link
Wolves can follow a human’s gaze
When humans turned wolves into dogs, we created a social companion that keys in on our every move and look. That attentiveness was one of the big effects of domestication, some scientists have argued, and a clear difference between the two species. But wolves raised with humans also pay close attention to our actions and even follow our eye gaze, say two researchers. They even pass a gazing test that dogs fail.
The findings “seem to put a big nail in the coffin” of the dog-domestication theory, says Frans de Waal, a primatologist at Emory University in Atlanta who specializes in social cognition. The results should also help researchers better understand the evolution of gazing abilities overall, say the authors of the new study.
Previous studies have concluded that wolves are not interested in human social cues and will not, for example, follow a pointing finger, even if that finger would lead them to food. By contrast, dogs seem to instantly grasp the connection. “For a dog, understanding pointing is a natural thing to do,” says Friederike Range, a cognitive ethologist at the University of Vienna and the lead author of the new study. “But how important is pointing to a wolf naturally?”
Because it’s not possible to test wild wolves’ abilities to follow a person’s gaze, Range and her co-author, Zsófia Virányi, a cognitive ethologist at the Wolf Science Center in Ernstbrunn, Austria, hand-raised nine wolf pups born in captivity. The pups were separated from their mothers 10 days after birth and bottle- and hand-fed for their first 5 months of life. In the ensuing months, the wolves continued to have daily social contact with humans and five adult dogs of various breeds, with which they developed close relationships. Like trainers raising dog puppies, the scientists gave the wolf pups intensive obedience training, teaching them to sit, lie down, roll over, and look into a person’s eyes.
When the pups were 14 weeks old, Range and Virányi tested their ability to follow the gaze of a person who turned her head and looked into the distance. Six of the pups passed, turning to look in the same direction only seconds after the person did. And at 23 weeks old, all the pups passed the test, the team reports online today in PLoS ONE.
Picture by Friederike Range
The short-eared dog (Atelocynus microtis) is a unique and elusive canid species endemic to the Amazonian basin. Apart from its superficial resemblance to the bush dog, the short-eared dog seems not to be closely related to any fox-like or wolf-like canid. The latest systematics classifies it as a species in the tribe Canini, and its closest extant relative is probably the distant taxon, the Crab-eating Fox (Cerdocyon thous).
The dhole (Cuon alpinus), also called the Asiatic wild dog or Indian wild dog, is a species of canid native to South and Southeast Asia. The dholes are classed as endangered by the IUCN, due to ongoing habitat loss, depletion of its prey base, competition from other predators, persecution and possibly diseases from domestic and feral dogs. The dhole is a highly social animal, living in large clans which occasionally split up into small packs to hunt.
Coyote’s dentition. This is quite a tedious project, ugh! But totally worth it; Teeth fascinate me. I’ll work on the top half over the next few days. This fella is going to be a fantastic reference piece when I’m finished!