16 May 2014 Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Posted by: Courtney Sexton | 4 comments | Share: Red wolves may be given a chance to recover! A rare red wolf at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, North Carolina. Red wolves and coyotes can be hard to tell apart, especially at night. It’s a good week for wolves, especially red wolves in North Carolina. With only about 100 left in the wild, red wolves need all the protection they can get to stave off extinction. That is why Defenders and our partners have been fighting to maintain legal protections for the last remaining wolves in the American east. And, this week, we took a step toward achieving that goal! This week a court in North Carolina granted a temporary injunction against shooting coyotes in the Red Wolf Recovery Area. Because red wolves are on the small side and have rusty coloring, many people mistake them for coyotes. This has led to unintentional shootings and killings of several of the already highly endangered wolves. As the Citizen-Times reported, “at least 50 red wolves have died from confirmed or suspected gunshots since January 2008. Since 2012, five shooters who killed red wolves and reported the kills to authorities said they had mistaken the wolves for coyotes.” Hopefully, authorities in North Carolina will see that this step toward saving red wolves is essential and the court will decide to make the protection permanent. Spring fever for OR-7?? Remote camera photo of OR7 captured on 5/3/2014 in eastern Jackson County on USFS land. Shortly thereafter, the same cameras captured another wolf, believed to be OR7’s mate. Across the country from the red wolves, everybody’s favorite wandering west coast wolf, also known as “OR-7,” seems to be enjoying the springtime weather – possibly with a new gal pal! Remote cameras from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife indicate that it is highly likely that OR-7 has found a mate. This is great news for the recovery of wolves in the Pacific Northwest and Pacific West. If OR-7 has indeed paired up, he and his lady friend would likely be denning with pups this time of year – the first wolf breeding in the Oregon Cascades in nearly 100 years! We won’t know for sure if this is the case until a bit later in the season, but odds are good! OR-7, a five year-old male, is famous for traveling back and forth from California to Oregon several times over the past few years, looking for the right place to start his own pack. Most of OR-7’s brethren live in the northern part of Oregon, but OR-7 last re-visited California back in February, and it seems he is partial to southern Oregon and northern California. With this great news, it will be important that California focus on protecting gray wolves within the state, as it seems it is only a matter of time before they’ll be back for good! 4 Responses to “Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up” Jeanine McColgan May 16th, 2014 Some light at the end of the tunnel!!! Reply Karin Holloway May 18th, 2014 This is wonderful news – just what I needed to hear after looking through (crying through) your most endangered animals list. Thank you! Reply Packprincess May 20th, 2014 Woots! So excited that OR-07 found a mate. I’ve been hoping for a long time. People in Oregon a very supportive of wolves, and looking forward to their return. Oregon sets a great example for the return of wolves. Can’t wait to hear more about their progress. Reply Alexander Yeung May 21st, 2014 I hope they kept the dream of brinking back wolves alive. I hope that they wont become like idaho and those state that follow. Reply Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Westerners want to save the sage-grouse (and so do I) A majority of voters in western states want to see sage-grouse, the Sagebrush Sea and all its inhabitants protected. Defenders Celebrates Successful Listing of Sharks, Rays and Sawfish! Recently 21 imperiled species of sharks and rays gained international protection when they were added to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). Refuges need relief Congress and the president must do a better job in providing for America’s National Wildlife Refuge System.