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11 cute wolf pups to brighten up your day

on January 15, 2019 at 12:05 PM By | Rocky Mountain Wolf Project | 28 Comments | Wolves
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Interview With an Artist — Valerie Rose

on December 20, 2018 at 9:25 AM By | Rocky Mountain Wolf Project | 4 Comments |
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9 Myths about the Gray Wolf You Shouldn't Believe

The gray wolf is one of the most misunderstood animals on the planet. Billed as the big, bad wolf long ago, this deep misunderstanding has meant fatal consequences for the gray wolf.
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Interview With an Artist — Lost Walks

on June 27, 2018 at 12:38 PM By | Rocky Mountain Wolf Project | 11 Comments |
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Interview With an Expert — Mike Phillips

on June 6, 2018 at 9:26 AM By | Rocky Mountain Wolf Project | 18 Comments |
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LETTER: ‘Rewilding’ Missing Carnivores May Help Restore Some Landscapes

on March 26, 2018 at 1:00 PM By | Rocky Mountain Wolf Project | 1 Comment |
If you’re lucky, you can spot a gray wolf in Yellowstone National Park. But a century ago, you’d have been hard pressed to find any there. Poisonings and unregulated hunting obliterated nearly all of these majestic canines from Canada to Mexico, their original home range.
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The Alpha Female

on March 23, 2018 at 2:56 PM By | Rocky Mountain Wolf Project | 7 Comments |
Each year during the month of March, we celebrate Women's History Month. We come together to tell the stories of women throughout history--both the familiar and the untold. To honor this tradition, we want to tell the story of the alpha female and their struggle to keep their family together. The term "alpha" as used to described members of a wolf pack is synonymous with the top ranking male and female, who typically are the parents of most members of the pack. The title of alpha is coveted because it typically foreshadows parenthood and the chance to leave your impression of future generations.
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LETTER, "Reintroducing wolves helps ecosystem"

on March 21, 2018 at 1:57 PM By | Rocky Mountain Wolf Project | 2 Comments |
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A Gray Wolf's Devotion to Family

on February 13, 2018 at 3:39 PM By | Rocky Mountain Wolf Project | 18 Comments |
We’ve all heard of the "lone wolf" – but it turns out that old adage couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact wolves are highly social animals that depend on their family, or pack, for survival. Much like humans, packs work together to gather food, take care of the young, and nurse the injured – and they communicate in more complex ways than howling at the moon.
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Why isn't the Endangered Species Act restoring the gray wolf?

on January 24, 2018 at 10:13 AM By | Rocky Mountain Wolf Project | 0 Comments |
For the last 75 years, the gray wolf has been missing from Colorado -- if you missed our blog post about how this keystone species was removed from the Rockies, check it out here. In the decades following the extermination of the gray wolf, the state recognized the species as "endangered" per Colorado’s Nongame, Endangered, or Threatened Species Conservation Act. Despite the clear intent of Colorado law, the act is best suited for management actions that promote the persistence of imperiled, but existing, species. This means the law works best to protect a small number of animals that remain in the habitat, even if that small population is threatened by human or environmental factors. But the law treats eradicated species much differently. For species that have been eliminated from the wild, like the gray wolf, the law specifies that reintroductions must be authorized by the Colorado Legislature. Given the influence of anti-wolf organizations and industries with the state—the odds have been stacked against wolf reintroductions. But in recent years, Colorado has taken encouraging steps in an effort to bring back the wolf. For example, Colorado Parks and Wildlife appointed a Colorado Wolf Management Working Group and adopted their recommendations in 2005:
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