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This image was taken from a trail camera set up in the park. Photo: Courtesy Christina Prokopenko

CPW issued a statement Monday reminding people that gray wolves are still protected by the federal Endangered Species Act. 

Killing a wolf or any endangered species can result in serious penalties, including criminal charges, a year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000, officials warned. 


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Todd Swinney, cattel guardian and wolf savior believes cattleman and wolves can coexist. He uses ranching techniques to reduce conflicts between livestock and wolves, countering two competing undercurrents that wolves are bad for cattle and cattle are bad for wolves.  

Swinneymonitors wolves with the help of federal and state authorities, while strategizing with wolf advocates to steer them away from cattle.  

His role is both the cattle's guardian and the wolves' savior, working under a partnership with the conservation group Defenders of Wildlife. It's one of a growing number of partnerships in the organization's coexistence program.

Coexistence programs propose to solve a tug of war that has complicated efforts to recover the Mexican gray wolf population and remove it from the endangered species list.


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May 22, 2015
Isle Royale study could soon be gone with the wolves



May 22, 2015
Tolerance of wolves in Wisconsin continues to decline



May 21, 2015
State hires conflict specialist to deal with wolf issues


May 21, 2015
Wandering wolf leaves Malheur County for Grant County


May 21, 2015
Russia: Meet Taimyr Wolf, Grandpa of the Dogs and Wolves


May 21, 2015
Ancient Wolf DNA Could Solve Dog Origin Mystery


May 20, 2015
Famous gray wolf in Oregon may have more puppies


May 19, 2015
TV presenter calls for reintroduction of wolves to Scotland


May 18, 2015
Ted Turner Ranch in New Mexico Caught in Wolf Debate


May 16, 2015
Feds plan NM release of wolf pups bred in captivity

 
May 15, 2015
Return of the Wolf – Western Washington 


May 14, 2015
Why 'Success' Of 1 Female Mexican Gray Wolf Creates Problems For The Entire Species

 
MAY 14, 2015
Isle Royale wolf population down to 3, National Park Service considers next steps

 
May 14, 2015
Fish and Game commissioner closes wolf hunt early near Denali Park

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May 13, 2015
Prowling wolf reaches outskirts of Munich


MAY 13, 2015
Happy Birthday to the oldest Mexican Gray Wolf!
 


May 12, 2015

Game board unfairly takes aim at gray wolf protector



May 12, 2015

Midwest Wolf Stewards Conference discuss wolf management



May 11, 2015

Endangered Facts: Sen. Inhofe's Attack on the Endangered Species Act

 
May 11 – 2015

Alaska's Wolves Face Hunter-Driven Decline, Admits Park Officials

 
May 10, 2015

Pair of Mexican wolves released in Arizona



May 8, 2015

Game & Fish denies Ted Turner ranch new wolf permit

Move is likely to hurt Mexican gray wolf recovery program in NM

 
May 8, 2015

Controversy After 2 Denali Wolves Shot

 
May 6, 2015

Wolves in Lewis County? WDFW Official Talks Sightings

 
May 5, 2015

Mexican gray wolf pair released in Arizona


May 4, 2015

Newhouse pushes to remove gray wolf from endangered species list


May 4, 2015

Wolf’s arrival in Malheur County concerns ranchers

 
May 2, 2015

When Have Wolves Made A 'Recovery?' It Depends On Your Definition


May 1, 2015

Wyoming US Rep., others urge end to wolf protections while some warn of political meddling
 

May 1, 2015

Breeding wolf pair released


Wolf News

Since the spring of 2016, Christina Prokopenko has been collecting data on the behaviour and population of wolves in Riding Mountain National Park (RMNP).

Prokopenko, who is a Vanier Scholar completing her doctoral thesis out of Memorial University in Newfoundland, undertook the research to better understand the ecology of RMNP’s estimated 70 to 75 wolves and their prey. Her method was to study wolves with GPS-equipped collars, to determine areas of intense use, indicated by clusters of points in a specific area over time.

Thirteen animals from three packs were collared in 2016 and 14 animals from five packs were studied in 2017.


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(Photo: Tom Tingle/The Republic)

The endangered Mexican gray wolf population leveled off in 2017 after showing stronger growth the year before.

The population grew by at least one, to 114 wolves in the wild throughout Arizona and New Mexico. There are 22 wolf packs in the two states.


​Although the 2017 gains were marginal, it remains the highest count since reintroducing captive wolves to the U.S. began in 1998. But while the gains were higher in recent years, the total population has only grown by four since 2014.


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The French government announced Monday that it will allow the wolf population to grow 40 percent over the next five years, resisting pressure from farmers concerned about their flocks.
A new strategy unveiled by the centrist government of President Emmanuel Macron will enable the number of wolves to grow to 500 by 2023 compared with an estimated 360 now.
 
Hunting wiped out the grey wolf in France during the 1930s and they only returned in 1992 via Italy -- currently home to around 2,000 wolves -- before spreading into Switzerland and Germany.



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The regeneration of the wolf population in France has led to tensions between the government and farmers. Source: RAYMOND ROIG / AFP