28 June 2011 NEW VIDEO: The Next Generation of Lobos? Posted by: James Navarro | 1 comment | Share: Although the parents of these two Mexican gray wolf pups fell victim to a past policy that locked down (or worse) wolves suspected of three attacks on livestock, F1046 and M863 are still helping to keep the flame burning for endangered lobos. The couple had four pups in late spring at a special captive-breeding facility in California, the California Wolf Center announced. The center is home to some 17 Mexican gray wolves, and pups born there may one day go on to lead a life in the wilds of Arizona and New Mexico. Special breeding facilities, like the California Wolf Center, have been instrumental in saving lobos from extinction. From 1977 to 1980, five Mexican wolves — only one female — were captured in Mexico and brought to these centers, where biologists began the delicate task of mating them to avoid severe inbreeding and to strengthen their genetic diversity. Thanks to the success of this effort, some 50 Mexican wolves now roam the wild — all of them either born in captivity or descended from captive-bred wolves. Aside from checkups with a veterinarian, the pups will have little contact with people so that they hold on to an instinctual fear of humans — a trait that will help them avoid conflicts if they are released into the wild. But you can catch a rare glimpse of these adorable animals in the above video, courtesy of the California Wolf Center. One Response to “NEW VIDEO: The Next Generation of Lobos?” Renato June 29th, 2011 Pls , keep sending all about Wolves … That’s very very important to me …. Many Tks in advance .. Yours Truly , Renato Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential. California’s Rim Fire: Opportunities Rise from the Ashes After California’s devastating Rim Fire, will officials take the opportunity to give nature a chance to fully recover?