Volume 11, Issue 137, March 2016

SAFHOWL

The Monthly Free E-Newsletter of South African Friends of Wolves

Volume 11, Issue 137, March 2016

From the Editor’s Desk

Even if you never read our International News section – this month you should at least read the very first item. My stomach felt tight when I first heard of it, it turned over when I read it, and I am feeling distinctly nauseous again as I write these lines. What a bunch of sick oxygen consumers…

We thought it appropriate to point out the HuskyRomi Wolf Sanctuary in the Free State (in Reitz, near Bethlehem) once more, especially after they have put in so much effort to revamp it. The Easter holidays are around the corner, and it will definitely be a good idea to pop in at this marvellous place even if it means taking a little detour. They even have camping facilities now, at very reasonable tariffs.

In this month’s issue, we supply the second and final part of our overview of the world’s wolf populations still existing per country, this time for Asia and North America. It is telling that no reliable up-to-date information could be found for the US.

Closer to home, please take a look at the appeal for help from IFAW in the Other News section. Climate change has effects most people wouldn’t probably normally think of – until we notice it appearing in our homes.

A brief wolf tale sums it all up, and Erin tells the ongoing story of the postman, and it’s not the one who always rings twice…

Till next month,

Ed.

Upcoming Events

in March 2016

The International Wolf Center (info@wolf.org)

Wine, Women, and Wolves!

Date: 25 – 27 March

Program Rate: Non-member $150, Member $125
(Ladies only – Age 21 and over)

Registration Deadline:  March 16, 2016

Come on, ladies – you know you want a break from the everyday grind.  Head up to Ely for a unique Wine, Women and Wolves Weekend!   Where else can you spend an evening lounging in your sleeping bag, sipping wine, and observing wolves?  During the day we’ll get you strapped into some snowshoes and teach you how to use our real life telemetry equipment.  Then it’s out into the BWCA, searching for wolves in a learning experience you’ll never forget!

Learn More & Register here.

In April:

Working for Wolves
Date:
 15 – 17April 
Time: 
Friday 5 p.m. – Sunday 12 p.m.
Program Rate: Non-members $225, Members $195
Registration Deadline: 1 April 2016

We need your help to finish up some projects at the new Wolf Care Center before we can welcome our new pups in May!  Spend the weekend doing physically demanding, but mentally rewarding work.  The wolves will certainly be interested in our activities and be stimulated by all the new smells in the enclosure.  This is a great opportunity to help improve the lives of our ambassador wolves and get an inside look at captive wolf management.

Learn More & Register here.

In June:

Wolves After Dark
Date:
 June 3-4
Time: Friday 5 p.m. – Saturday 10:00 a.m
Location: International Wolf Center
Program Rate: $70 Non-members, $63 Members

Registration Deadline: June 1, 2016

Have you ever wondered what happens after dark with the International Wolf Centre’s ambassador wolves? Here’s your opportunity to participate in “Citizen Science” by helping document important behavioural data critical to understanding Exhibit Pack dynamics. Stay overnight in the Centre!

Learn More & Register here

Wolf Pup Bus Trip
Date: 
25 June 2016
Time: Saturday 7 a.m. – 9:45 p.m.
Location: International Wolf Center
Program Rates: Non-members $109, Members $99
Register before 15 May 2016 & SAVE!
Early Bird Rate: Non-members $99, Members $89

Take an exciting day trip to the International Wolf Centre in Ely, Minnesota to see our new wolf pups!  They aren’t little for long, so come to see them when they are still cute little balls of fur. Relax on our luxury coach bus (with restroom) as we head up north for a full day of wolves and fun. The bus leaves Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m. and returns at 9:45 p.m. We will provide snacks, drinks, and wolf-centred entertainment for the ride!

Learn More & Register here.

News from the Wolf Front

National

The HuskyRomi Wolf Sanctuary
(www.huskyromi.co.za; larry@huskyromi.co.za)

The HuskyRomi Wold Sanctuary is a non-profit organization providing a safe haven for abandoned and abused huskies and wolves in South Africa. It provides a home to all huskies and wolves that can’t be kept as pets because of their complicated nature. Many of the animals arriving there are in a poor condition, some not even knowing what grass is, and are rehabilitated with loving care by Larry Paul. Their website was started to provide support to the HuskyRomi project and promote the protection of wolves and other wildlife. The sanctuary is open to the public to come and learn about wolves. Larry and his team do appreciate donations for the buying of food, veterinary bills and other expenses. All the huskies are spayed and neutered when they arrive at HuskyRomi.

There are currently twenty-five Huskies and one hundred and sixty seven Timber wolves and hybrids.

HuskyRomi is NOT a breeding facility and they DO NOT sell wolves, dogs and hybrids. Their purpose is to take care of such animals for the span of their natural lives since they cannot be kept as pets under normal circumstances.

The sanctuary was started on 16 December 2007 with the intention to start a haven for huskies. Larry had 18 huskies and three wolves, but he never foresaw what was going to happen next!

Kia was the first wolf, a beautiful guy, who was kind and gentle. He came from a situation in Dainfern where he was beaten with a hosepipe and kept locked up in a small courtyard. Soon after Kia arrived, Larry received a call about a wolf who had just had puppies with a German Shepherd and now they wanted to get rid of her. Mia came into his lives. She was so scared, she would just sit in the corner the whole day long. It was then that he realized that she had been chained up and didn’t know what it was to run free. He would drag her to the furthest point in the garden and let her go, but she would run straight back to her corner. It took many weeks, but he finally got her to walk around on her own. A call from Save-a-Pet in Port Elizabeth saw him bringing 12 wolves back, and with the next call out he ended up bringing 37. This was the beginning of the wolf rescue.

Since then Larry has collected wolves from Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein, Ventersdorp, Britz and all over Gauteng. Nowadays he gets calls from all over the country about wolf rescue, advice on how to keep a wolf as a pet and so on.

The most recent rescues of 2015 was Siox from a taxidermist in Pretoria. Princess, from Badplaas, who was on the verge of being killed by her two sisters. Two weeks later he also collected a brother and sister from a yard in Boksburg. The rescue work never stops!

 Get Involved

The Sanctuary is working towards getting a formal volunteer program off the ground at HuskyRomi. This is available to both local (South African) and international volunteers. Should anybody be interested to become a volunteer or to assist with the

program, kindly contact Larry at larry@huskyromi.co.za or call him on +27 71 679 5141.

Sponsorship 2016

Due to some confusion, Larry decided to simplify the sponsorship or “virtual adoption” of wolves at HuskyRomi.
To sponsor or “virtually adopt” an individual wolf or complete pack or enclosure at HuskyRomi, look at the following steps:

  1. Decide whether you wish to do a once off donation or if you want to continue with a monthly sponsorship.
    2. If you wish to make a once-off donation, kindly submit it into the NPO account and notify Frans or Larry about it if possible.

If you decide to become a monthly contributor:
3. Decide what amount you are prepared to donate on a regular monthly or yearly basis.
4. Decide towards which individual wolf or pack you wish to contribute.
5. Decide on which date you will start your contributions.
6. Please notify Frans or Larry about your decision.
7. Please notify Larry if you cannot continue with the sponsorship as this will impact on our budget.

The Sanctuary requires around R1000 per pack or enclosure, or R500 for a specific individual wolf per month. Any amount however will add up towards this goal and assist us to balance the budget.

All regular sponsors are eligible for certain privileges such as discounted (or free) entrance to the sanctuary and camping. If you sponsor on behalf of your business or company, you are also eligible for advertising space at the enclosures and on the sanctuary literature and links on our website.

For any questions about or should you wish to sponsor a wolf or husky at the HuskyRomi Wolf Sanctuary, please contact Frans Badenhorst, Email : fransbad@gmail.com, Whatsapp or SMS : +27 71 561 6162 or Larry Paul, Email : larry@huskyromi.co.za, Whatsapp or SMS : +27 71 679 5141.

Just leave a message and you will be contacted as soon as possible.

Name a Wolf.

Should you wish to name a wolf, for instance in remembrance of a loved one or pet, you may arrange it with Larry. They just request that you then will be prepared to do a full monthly sponsorship of that wolf for a period of at least two years.

Group Activities.

Should you be interested in arranging a team building weekend for your employees or just a fun, working couple of days with friends, all to enhance the lives of the wolves, please contact us and we can arrange to accommodate you. There are numerous ways that something positive can be done at the sanctuary.

All sponsorship and donation money must please be paid into the HuskyRomi NPO cheque account.
First National Bank.
HuskyRomi Rescue and Wolf Sanctuary.
Account :- 62296463989
Branch code :- 230833
Please put your name or the name of the sponsored wolf or husky as the reference.

Rates

Entrance fee for day tours/visits

R 100 for adults

R 50 for kids (under 10 years free)

R 80 p/p for groups of more than 2 people

Camping fees

R 100 p/p and night

R 60 for kids

For Camping, Group bookings and Night Tours please contact Larry at larry@huskyromi.co.za or +27 71 679 5141

International

From http://www.examiner.com

USA: Idaho: Judas wolves used over and over to lead killers to their families

Disturbing information, made available today through email correspondence with the Center for Biological Diversity and phone calls to Idaho Fish and Game, reveals that USDA Wildlife Services is using radio-collars on wolves in an outrageous, long-term “Judas wolf’ culling strategy like that used in British Columbia (Canada). The details of this troubling practice are worse than anyone suspected, and will outrage wolf and wildlife advocates everywhere.

The Wildlife Conservation Examiner had just come across alarming news on the Never Cry Wolf (Wildlife Defence League) website. In their February 18, 2016 press release, they revealed that BC Liberals in the South Selkirk region have been radio-collaring wolves, purportedly to save dwindling mountain caribou herds. But the purpose isn’t ‘research’, as some believe, or even, as wildlife advocates have suspected, to track collared individuals back to their den sites, after which Bighorn helicopters come in and slaughter the entire family – pups and all. No, it’s much worse than that.

In their post South Selkirk Wolves Confirmed Slaughtered in Second Year of BC Wolf Cull, Never Cry Wolf revealed with horror that the tragic collared wolf, the so-called ‘Judas’ wolf, is doomed to a life of repeated persecution, adversity and mourning.

“We were shocked to learn the Judas wolf is kept alive year after year,” said Tommy Knowles, Campaign Director for Wildlife Defence League. “He or she is left to pack up with a new family, who are deliberately baited into the territory. The next winter, the Judas wolf’s new pack is slaughtered. If watching your family killed year after year by snipers in helicopters is what this government considers a “humane” cull, I shudder to imagine what they consider inhumane.” Appalled, The Wildlife Conservation Examiner wondered if it’s just British Columbia using a poor, lonely, unwitting ‘Judas’ wolf to repeatedly betray his or her own family – Or if we’re doing it here, too. When asked if the use of ‘Judas’ wolves goes on in America, the Center for Biological Diversity confirmed the unsettling truth and furnished this statement specifically for this article: After Congress bypassed the Endangered Species Act through a rider that stripped wolves in Idaho from protection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services agency began radio-collaring so-called Judas wolves, shooting their families from the air, and sparing the collared wolf so that they can do it again,” said Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity. “Congress now threatens to inflict the same cruelty on wolves in Wyoming through stripping them of their protections as well as protections for wolves in the Great Lakes region.” With this chilling information, a call was made to USDA APHIS Wildlife Services, where a chipper and extremely helpful lady named Sue offered to transfer the call to a man in Idaho who, she happily assured, could answer any questions about their wolf-collaring program. A couple minutes later, a gruff-sounding man named Todd picked up. This reporter innocently asked who would be the person to could talk to, to learn about the program and the collaring of Idaho wolves?

Turns out ‘Todd’ was none other than Todd Grimm, himself, Idaho State Director of the infamous rogue agency Wildlife Services – And he sounded edgy, hesitant and nervous. “Uhm, we – uh, we don’t really do that, no,” he said, after a long pause.

“You don’t collar wolves? For any reason? Ever?”

“Well, that’s not… No.”

“Oh, but I was told that you were the one to talk to about wolf collaring.”

Hesitantly, “Well, we do some … uh .. No, not here … No, that’s not really something we do.”

“Oh. So who does collar the wolves?”

Then, suddenly more sure of the direction he was going to take, his voice grew more authoritative, edged with anger, “That’s a State issue.” He provided some names and numbers at Idaho Fish and Game.

The next call was to the very pleasant Jennifer Struthers, Wildlife Biologist with Idaho Fish and Game. Jennifer was easy to talk to and very generous with her responses. We talked for several minutes about how her team traps, collars and then monitors wolves. At one point, when asked if they ever used the collars to track down and ‘take out’ so-called problem animals, she said “We don’t personally but yes, they can be used that way.” She continued, “We authorize control in those (conflict) situations. . . . Wildlife Services may put a collar on a pack to help find them.” When asked who actually does the collaring then, if it’s more than one agency, she said, “It’s mostly us, but Wildlife Services does occasionally put out collars as well.”

Asked directly about the use of ‘Judas’ wolves, Struthers said, “We don’t call it that but I know what you’re referring to. So, sometimes, in areas were we have control, or we want to do control, either because wolves have been depredating on sheep and cattle, or because in some areas we have predation management plans where wolves are heavily impacting elk population, in some of those areas we’re actually removing wolves to help the elk population recover. So sometimes you collar a wolf with other wolves, and you collar one and then that wolf then can be used later to locate the pack to remove more wolves.” When asked what they call the method she said they didn’t have a name for it but it was ‘collaring for later control.’

When asked if the collared wolf is used indefinitely she said “Well, it just depends, sometimes, well, usually that animal is left alive. They remove what they can of the rest of the pack, and it may not be all of them because of the conditions and the trees, so it may only be a few out of the group, (but the group) continues on. So then the next year, the control, at least for depredation management plans, it’s done in the winter, so next year, if they come back, you locate that wolf. It may be with other wolves or it may be on it’s own and not have anything else with it.” (Notice how wolves and their families are referred to as ‘it’?) “So it can be used for multiple years. But it just depends whether it joins up with more wolves in the same area where we’re doing the actual control. If it leaves the area and goes somewhere else then it won’t be used for that The battery life (of the radio collar), again, on most of them is about 4 years.” Which, it turns out, is the average life expectancy of a wolf in their management territory – But wolves should live much longer. According to Big Run Wolf Ranch, “Wolves in the wild have an average life span of six to eight years, but wolves have been known to live up to 13 years in the wild and 16 years in captivity.”

Struthers continued, “We follow all the wolves we have collared but if it moves outside of an area where we have an approved depredation management plan then it would not be subject to control. We can go locate it, we still use that collar for monitoring data, but if it left the control area then there wouldn’t be any control on it, unless of course it got into trouble with sheep or livestock, and that’s a different kind of control that we contract to Wildlife Services.”

When asked directly if Wildlife Services does that actual collaring (for lethal control), Struthers replied, “Sometimes they put out collars . . . Really their objective, they’re not, usually not putting out collars to collect data on the population like we do, they put out a collar that the purpose is that they use that to help them with subsequent control actions.”

So there it is. Our United States Department of Agriculture certainly is collaring and slaughtering wolves using an unwitting ‘Judas’ wolf to torment repeatedly. But the Director of USDA Wildlife Services, Todd Grimm, maintained they didn’t collar wolves, at all. Why lie? Another curious discrepancy; Ms. Struthers confirmed that no research is done by Wildlife Services, yet their (public) website (USDA APHIS Wildlife Damage Management) says they do. Again, why lie? To present a friendlier face to the public? Who are we to believe?

More to the point, is this how we want our tax dollars being spent, to slowly torment a being as social, emotional and family-oriented as a wolf, systematically destroying everything that matters to her, over and over again? Will we allow our government to continue carrying out these atrociously unethical familicides on one of our most beloved and iconic species, our beautiful, intelligent, melodious and vulnerable gray wolf?

From Defenders of Wildlife (http://www.defenders.org)

  1. USA: Stop the shocking anti-wildlife bill now

Congress is at it again!

An appalling bill making its way through the U.S. House of Representatives is a serious attack on wolves and other vulnerable wildlife.

A group of anti-wolf representatives have proposed an amendment that would delist wolves in Wyoming and the Western Great Lakes and prevent citizens from going to court to challenge those decisions.

Other lethal provisions would leave Africa’s remaining elephants at the mercy of poachers and prevent common-sense restrictions on the thousands of tons of toxic lead that pour into wildlife habitats across the country every year.

Urgent – Tell your Representative to oppose this lethal legislation and all anti-wildlife amendments to the bill:
http://action.defenders.org/site/R?i=aBcHGswAmofA6K_4lyRxfg

H.R. 2406, the so-called “Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2015,” and the Ribble Amendment would do the following:

  • The “wolf political persecution” amendment – would delist wolves in Wyoming and the Western Great Lakes and hand wolf management authority back over to four states. In Wyoming, this means shoot-on-sight killing of wolves in over 80% of the state. This amendment also deprives citizens of their right to go to court and challenge these delisting decisions under the Endangered Species Act.
  • The “kiss elephants goodbye” provision – would block recent efforts by the Obama administration to crack down on ivory trafficking and the domestic sale of illegal ivory from brutally killed elephants. It would completely undermine the recent commitment between the U.S. and China to halt the illegal ivory trade and sale within both countries, making the U.S. complicit in the poaching crisis that kills an elephant every 15 minutes.
  • The “lead, bring it on” provision – would forbid federal agencies from regulating most forms of lead ammunition and fishing tackle. In the United States, an estimated 3,000 tons of lead are shot into the environment by hunting every year, another 80,000 tons are released at shooting ranges and 4,000 tons are lost in ponds and streams as fishing lures and sinkers, leading to the death of millions of birds and other animals from lead poisoning.

This Congress could go down in history as the most anti-wildlife Congress ever. And this bill in its current form is a tragic example why.

Please, urge your congressperson to oppose H.R. 2406
http://action.defenders.org/site/R?i=l23SZhW91WkBxqSxlyT45A

Thank you for all you do.

  1. USA: Horrible anti-wildlife bill passes full house

Our worst fears have come to pass on Capitol Hill. And lives are at stake.

Today, the full House of Representatives passed H.R. 2406, the so-called “Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2015.” The bill is loaded with some of the worst anti-wildlife provisions I have seen.

If this bill passes the Senate and is signed into law, it will be a death sentence for wolves, elephants and other vulnerable wildlife.

Your urgent donation will help Defenders stand up for the wildlife you love:
http://action.defenders.org/site/R?i=66qwMD_X6abcpzUwgbVUAw

If this bill becomes law:

  • Wolves will die. Wolves in Wyoming and the Great Lakes will lose Endangered Species Act protection. The last time wolves were delisted in Wyoming, 80% of the state became a free-fire zone where anyone could shoot wolves at will.
  • Elephants will die. America’s ability to crack down on the importation and sale of illegal ivory will be crippled. This gun lobby-backed provision will send a message to the armed criminals who are decimating Africa’s last herds that the American market is still open for business.
  • Alaskan predators will die. The bill would strip the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service of the authority to bar the state of Alaska from launching a program to decimate wolves, grizzly bears and other large carnivores within national wildlife refuges and national preserves across Alaska.
  • Toxic lead will continue to contaminate wildlife habitat. The bill would prohibit federal agencies from regulating lead in most forms of ammunition and fishing tackle. In the United States, an estimated 3,000 tons of lead are shot into the environment by hunting every year, leading to the death of many animals from toxic lead poisoning.

You and I Can Stop This Insanity

We are the voice in Washington, D.C. for species that have no voice of their own. And we’re your voice too.

With your help, we’ll make sure this bill never becomes law. Our legislative team is working together with other conservation organizations to make sure the grassroots pressure to protect wildlife is unrelenting.

Please give generously, for wolves, elephants and all the wildlife you love:
http://action.defenders.org/site/R?i=ZVgUm52udtyW3q6inqW_Zg

Thank you for all you do!

  1. USA: Imminent wolf extinction threat

If the states of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado get their way and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) doesn’t stand up to them, the Mexican gray wolf, or lobo, will go extinct in the wild sometime very soon.

Extremists in these states have all but paralyzed efforts by FWS to foster recovery of the lobo, the world’s most endangered gray wolf subspecies.

URGENT! Tell Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to stand up to bullying tactics by the states and do what is necessary to save these majestic animals:
http://action.defenders.org/site/R?i=00pWByy6injjsgeGp-y4WQ

The just-released 2015 annual wolf count bore bad news. In the U.S., the wild Mexican gray wolf population has dropped by 12 percent in the past year to just 97 animals. Even more alarming, FWS had predicted that this fragile population would grow 10 percent annually, not shrink!

The bottom line is this: Unless more lobos are released into the wild, and unless additional populations are established, they are doomed to go extinct in the wild.

The Four Corners states have put enormous pressure on the FWS to limit its conservation efforts for lobos. And just recently, the state of Colorado’s Parks and Wildlife Commission passed a resolution opposing any wolf reintroductions in that state.

Urge Secretary Jewell to stand up to the states and release more lobos immediately:
http://action.defenders.org/site/R?i=M50sVHrTNYoFnP7VD5smJA

Help prevent a preventable extinction.

Thank you for all you do.

  1. USA: Help prevent a wolf extinction tragedy

The bottom line is this:

Mexican gray wolves are the most endangered gray wolves in the world.

Unless more Mexican gray wolves are released into the wild, and additional populations are established, they are doomed to go extinct.

But their extinction is PREVENTABLE, and with your financial support, you can help them and other imperilled wildlife:
http://action.defenders.org/site/R?i=81y1yTnjDCNQBLSgIB1qXw

State game commissions and anti-wolf extremists in New Mexico and Arizona have thrown obstacle after obstacle in the way of lobo recovery. And after 40 years on the endangered species list, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has yet to complete a valid recovery plan for lobos.

In fact, the just-released 2015 annual wolf count bore more bad news. The wild Mexican gray wolf population in Arizona and New Mexico has dropped 12 percent in the past year, to just 97 animals. Even more alarming, FWS had predicted that this fragile population would grow 10 percent annually, not shrink!

It Doesn’t Have to End This Way

Since 1998, when I participated in the very first reintroduction of lobos into the wilds of Arizona, Defenders of Wildlife has been at the forefront of efforts to recover this important and majestic species.

We’ve gone to court. We’ve worked with ranchers to help them learn to reduce conflicts with wolves. And poll after poll shows that the citizens of Arizona and New Mexico favour the return of the lobo to their historical habitat.

Your urgent support will be especially helpful right now as we:

  • Continue our fight in court to secure a scientifically-based recovery plan and send anti-recovery management rules back to the drawing board;
  • Fight for more wolf releases from captivity which are urgently needed to improve the genetic health of the wild population;
  • Fight off anti-wolf legislation in both Congress and state legislatures; and
  • Mobilize our members by the tens of thousands to speak out for vulnerable lobos.

With your continuing support, we will never give up the quest to see Mexican gray wolf populations healthy and growing again.

Help prevent their extinction with a generous gift to Defenders of Wildlife:
http://action.defenders.org/site/R?i=I1RHTEJUD9maUwH8xApQ9w

Thank you for all you do!

From Take Action! At GreaterGood Network
(news@greatergood.com)

Time Is Of The Essence For Gray Wolves

Mexican gray wolves are some of the rarest and most endangered mammals on the continent. With only an estimated 110 remaining in the wild, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is finally beginning to work on a recovery plan to keep them from extinction.
However, the governors of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado are bowing to pressure from ranchers and anti-wolf interests to block the progress of these plans. Their attempts to undermine the recovery of these wolves are based on false information contrary to scientific studies on this issue.

Urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service not to allow anti-wolf politicians to interfere with the recovery of the Mexican gray wolf. If we don’t move forward quickly, these wolves are at risk of being wiped out completely.

Save them!

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has illegally collared four wolves, which could easily be used to follow them back to their packs. While the U.S. Forest Service authorized radio collars for elk, using them on wolves is in direct violation of the agency’s conditions. Demand that the collars be taken off immediately before entire wolf packs are put in mortal danger.

Other News

National

From International Fund for Animal Welfare
(news@ifaw.org)

We have an urgent crisis in the communities we serve in Johannesburg, South Africa that is causing widespread animal suffering.

Can you please help the animals?

The area has suffered heat wave after heat wave. As a result, a tsunami of ticks and fleas are infecting family pets with deadly illnesses like biliary. The dogs we’re treating have high fevers, and they’re listless, tired and very ill.

Sandy, the sweet dog, was so tired that her legs just gave out on the examination table.

The heat waves have also caused widespread water shortages, so we’re treating a lot of dogs for severe dehydration. Some pet owners are even surrendering their beloved dogs to us because they can’t provide them with water or food.

Make an emergency gift today

Your gift can help provide vital care to the animals we help in Johannesburg and around the world. You’ll help us care for dogs, cats, and so many other animals that urgently need us.

We’ve seen it over and over again – when times are tough for people, they need their animal companions more than ever to get them through.

The people in the impoverished Johannesburg townships we serve love their animals dearly. But when they have no water, and barely enough food to feed their children, they sometimes have to make the heartbreaking decision to give up their pets.

I can’t imagine how deeply sad that is for these families. But they know that we’ll take good care of their pets and find them loving homes.

Help animals in Johannesburg and beyond

It’s still summer in Johannesburg, and we’re continuing to see pets surrendered to us, we’re still treating so many cases of biliary and other diseases, and we’re caring for dogs suffering from starvation and dehydration.

Our staff is working as hard as they can to keep up, but we could really use your help to buy more antibiotics to cure infections, bags of intravenous fluids to quickly replenish dehydrated dogs, and medicine and bandages to treat the skin of dogs with mange.

Make an emergency gift for animals today

Your support for our lifesaving work around the world is even more crucial during times of crisis.

I hope I can count on you now to help us save animals in Johannesburg and around the world.

Make an emergency gift today.

Thank you for helping us save suffering animals like Sandy and Buddy.

Kate Atema

Director, IFAW Companion Animals Programme

Wolves and Wolfdogs

Wolves in Asia and North America

Asia

Syria has an unprotected, unknown number of wolves, thought to be roughly numbering 200. No livestock damage compensation is paid.

Lebanon has a population of 50 wolves that are afforded no legal protection, nor is livestock damage compensation paid.

Israel has a stable population of 150 protected wolves. Some livestock damage compensation is paid.

Jordan has an unprotected, unknown number of wolves, thought to be roughly numbering 200. No livestock damage compensation is paid.

Saudi Arabia has a stable population of 300-600 wolves that have no legal protection. No livestock damage compensation is paid.

India has a decreasing population of roughly 1,000 wolves that are legally protected. No livestock damage compensation is paid.

Wolves in China appear to be decreasing in number throughout the country. Currently, Heilongjiang has roughly 500 wolves, Xinjiang has 10,000 and Tibet has 2,000.

In 2006, the Chinese government began plans to auction licenses to foreigners to hunt wild animals, including wolves. No livestock damage compensation is paid.

Mongolia has a stable population of 10,000-20,000 wolves that have no legal protection, nor is livestock damage compensation paid.

Kazakhstan has a stable population of about 30,000 wolves. About 2,000 are killed yearly for a $40 bounty, yet their numbers have risen sharply. No livestock damage compensation is paid.

Turkmenistan has a stable population of 1,000 wolves that are unprotected. No livestock damage compensation is paid.

Uzbekistan has a stable population of 2,000 wolves that are unprotected. No livestock damage compensation is paid.

Kyrgyzstan has a stable population of 4,000 wolves that are unprotected. No livestock damage compensation is paid.

Tajikistan has a stable population of 3,000 wolves that are unprotected. No livestock damage compensation is paid.

There are currently no recent or reliable estimates on wolf populations in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Nepal and Bhutan.

North America

Canada has more than 60,000 wolves, which are legally considered a big game species. They are afforded protection in 3% of Canada’s territory.

The Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon have 5,000 wolves each, British Columbia has 8,500 wolves, Alberta 4,200, Saskatchewan 4,300, Manitoba 4,000-6,000, Ontario 9,000, Quebec 5,000 and Labrador 2,000.

Canada currently has no livestock damage compensation programmes. In fall of 2012, the government of British Columbia was considering a cull of the wolf population in some areas. In winter of 2015, the government of British Columbia began undertaking a cull of up to 184 wolves in an effort to curb dwindling caribou populations in the South Selkirk Mountains and the South Peace region. The cull, like ones before it, is opposed by some environmental groups.

On 12 March 2012, a Grey wolf, mistakenly thought to be a coyote, was shot in Newfoundland. It was the first confirmed grey wolf on Newfoundland since ca. 1930.

The United States as a whole was thought to have up to 9,000 wolves in 2013 or 14. Due to recent killing sprees, this number is likely to have decreased even though populations might have been thriving in places. No really reliable information on the numbers of wolves per state appears to exist at the moment other than for the lobo (red wolf): a sorry 97.

The wolf was extirpated from Mexico since the 1970s when the U.S. and Mexican governments cooperated to capture all remaining wild Mexican wolves and initiate a captive-breeding program in an attempt to save the local subspecies.

Wolf Myths and Legends, Part 124

The Midnight Excursion

by Travis McKinney

One day I smelled a kill, I was just going to walk away but the smell was over-powering. I just could not walk away, so I decided to trot down there and check it out. When I got down to the dead animal, I saw that it was just killed, not even five minutes old. I started to eat it when I heard something in the bush. It was a tall, white skinned-animal walking out of the bush carrying a long, black thing, he yelled,” go on now and git”. Then a loud noise came out of the black thing and the ground flew up and covered me. It frightened me, I did not run. He fired again and this time a sharp pain came from my chest. I fell. I started having trouble breathing. I howled and yelped and whimpered.

I remember that day. The day the white animal came and I brushed death and looked it in the eye. That was the day I learned to listen to my instincts, and stay away from the white-skinned animal.

Readers’ Contribution

A Wolfdog Diary

By Erin

Boy, it’s still very hot up here, and although we had some good rain in between, the garden has suffered badly, the fruit harvest was near zero, and now the rains are getting less and less. As if that would not be bad enough already we have a flea invasion like I haven’t seen before. The whole house is covered in Carbadust powder and we have to use it or coconut oil on the pack every few days to keep these terrible blood-sucking bastards away as good as possible. The major problem with the coconut oil is that they love the taste of it, and the moment we have applied it to their coats they will start licking it off each other. Well, at least it’s not dangerous and rather healthy for their coats and skin.

Otherwise everything is fine here, besides of the trouble we have with our postman. We have a small mailbox attached to the gate right in front of the house, and whenever this guy arrives here with his bicycle and the safety helmet on his head, the whole pack will go mad and attack the gate. They get so excited that they even start howling because they cannot get to him, or maybe they want to warn others in the area that he is coming. Whatever it is, they never behave like this with anybody else. Now, this guy is too scared to push the mail into the box because he thinks he will get bitten, but actually the bars of this gate are so close together that they cannot get their heads through it, not even the muzzle, so there is no way they could bite him. But he insists, and now he doesn’t use this mailbox anymore but squeezes the letters between the gate and its frame, which results in a part of letters sticking through the gate right at the perfect height for the kids to grab them, pull them through and do with them what they actually would like to do with the postman. O.k., what is delivered by him is actually nothing important, just some flyers or the TV journal for our tenant, but hey, he is not happy about the fact that his journal arrives at his place either as a puzzle or soaked in rain (if we get any). Ted and I are keeping an eye on the gate when we hear the pack going wild, just in case it’s the postman, to be able to fetch the mail before the kids do.

I wonder what it is about that man that makes them so angry; is it the bicycle or the helmet? I have no clue. In Germany, they always said it was the uniform their postmen wear, but our postman doesn’t wear a uniform. Well, whatever it is, they do hate him with a passion, and we might have to move the mailbox to the big gate to make sure that he will not throw our mail into the next ditch to protect himself from our “dangerous” animals.

Will be continued…