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North America Only Has One Wolf Species Left

It's the gray wolf; all others are hybrids: study

(Newser) - The US government recognizes three wolf species in North America: the red wolf, eastern wolf, and gray wolf. Two, it turns out, aren't true wolf at all. In a new genetic study , scientists at UCLA say the gray wolf is the last wolf species on the continent and all... More »

She Was Stalked by a Wolf for 12 Hours. Then the Bear Came

Joanne Barnaby just wanted to pick some mushrooms

(Newser) - Meet Joanne Barnaby, Canada's biggest badass. CBC reports Barnaby bravely used a protective mother bear to get rid of the hungry wolf that had been stalking her through the woods for 12 hours. The ordeal started last Friday when Barnaby was out picking mushrooms with her dog, Joey. They... More »

Dog Deemed Part Wolf Saved From Euthanasia

Judge reverses decision, will send 'Karma' to a wolf sanctuary

(Newser) - When Josh and Tiffany Ogle were arrested in a domestic violence dispute in Orange County in May, the couple lost their four kids to foster care and their dog Karma was impounded. At that point animal control deemed the animal a wolf-dog hybrid that could not get the rabies vaccine... More »

Study: 'Golden Wolf' Has Been Hiding in Plain Sight

We just thought it was the African golden jackal

(Newser) - Africa, home to the Ethiopian wolf and the gray wolf, can now lay claim to the African golden wolf—the first new species of canid (which also encompasses jackals, foxes, and coyotes) to be discovered in 150 years, reports National Geographic . The new species has long been misunderstood to be... More »

For $20K, George RR Martin Will Kill You

Literarily speaking, of course, and to save some wolves

(Newser) - If you happen to have $20,000 burning a hole in your pocket, George RR Martin will cut you for it. The author behind Game of Thrones will slay you with all appropriate gore—on the written page, of course—if you are a top-tier donor of his current crowdfunding... More »

That Olympic Wolf? A Kimmel Stunt

Kate Hansen was in on viral video prank

(Newser) - It seemed like the ultimate Sochi fail, but it was actually a Jimmy Kimmel prank: American luger Kate Hansen claimed to have filmed a wolf roaming the halls of Olympic Village Wednesday, tweeting out the video link, posted to YouTube, along with this caption: "Wolf in my hall?!?... More »

Activists Fear for Dogs in Wisconsin Wolf Hunts

Lawsuit seeks to stop use of hunting dogs

(Newser) - Wisconsin will have its first wolf hunting season this fall—and the state is allowing dogs to be used in the hunt, which animal activists say will lead to violent confrontations similar to illegal dog fights. "Mainstream hunters do not want wolves to die in bloody, grotesque ways,"... More »

French Fight Erupts Over Marauding Wolves

Shepherds want to hunt sheep killers at will

(Newser) - Call it Yellowstone sur Seine. French shepherds are demanding the surging wolf population be culled following increasing sheep deaths by the growing packs of protected canines. Wolves are now roaming the Vosges Mountains on the Alsace-Lorraine border for the first time in 80 years. Some experts predict the wolves could... More »

Hunters Gear Up for Wolf 'Slaughter'

Congressional budget rider removes animals from endangered list

(Newser) - A massive wolf hunt is coming to the Rocky Mountain states now that Congress has quietly passed a budget rider ordering wolves be taken off endangered species lists everywhere but Wyoming. Since wolves were re-introduced to the region in 1994, their numbers have grown to 1,700, angering ranchers and... More »

Back From Brink, Eastern Forests Face New Threats

Damage from early colonization recouped, but other forces conspire

(Newser) - In the early days—or, rather, centuries—of the American experiment, the vast Eastern forests were logged almost to oblivion. But with the opening of the frontier to the West, trees from the Northeast to the Gulf Coast rebounded, and by 1997 the forests had regained almost 70% of their... More »

Modern Dogs Hail From Middle East

DNA shows most breeds descended from region's gray wolf

(Newser) - Scientists have discovered the origin of the domesticated dog—somewhere in the Middle East. Most dogs in the world are descended from the Middle Eastern gray wolf, a team of geneticists found. The researchers analyzed the dog genome, using 900 animals from 85 breeds, and then compared it to 200... More »

Wolves Who Killed Alaska Teacher Killed

Officials track pack seen near attack

(Newser) - Two of the 4 wolves who killed a teacher in Alaska have been tracked down and shot to death by wildlife officials. Residents of Chignik Lake last week found the body of jogger Candice Berner, 32, surrounded by wolf tracks, and an autopsy confirmed she had been killed by the... More »

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