The Maine Wolf Coalition was founded in 1994 to support wolf recovery in Maine through research, education and protection. Through this website we are seeking to educate the public, wildlife professionals and government officials by gathering and disseminating evidence that natural wolf recovery in the northeast is not only possible, but that it will happen if we only let the wolves survive.
I have started a new Facebook page titled John Glowa’s Maine Fish and Wildlife News. The purpose of the new page is to educate the people of Maine about what really is going on when it comes to the public’s fish and wildlife resources. There are many issues that the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, radical “sportsmen”, and their allies in the press don’t want the public to know about. For example, they don’t want the public to know the truth about Maine’s misnamed Coyote Control Program and the tens of thousands of dollars that are being wasted annually with no scientifically documented benefit to Maine’s deer herd. Another issue they don’t want the public to know about is the growing number of bald eagle deaths in Maine, the potential health threat to humans resulting from the consumption of lead fragments in wild game, and Maine’s state government run Hunters for the Hungry program program that distributes wild meat to the public without x-raying it for lead fragments and without warning the public regarding the dangers of consuming lead tainted meat. Read the rest of this entry »
MWC requests U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service not approve Maine’s 2015 State Wildlife Action Plan until it includes the Gray Wolf
On January 14, 2016, the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife submitted its 2015 Revision of the State Wildlife Action Plan to the USFWS for review and approval. The revision contained no mention of the gray wolf. MWC’s written comments to MDIFW received no substantive response. In response, the Maine Wolf Coalition has submitted a formal request to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that the service not approve Maine’s proposed 2015 Wildlife Action Plan until it includes the gray wolf. MWC also recently asked the MDIFW Commissioner’s Advisory Council to recommend to the department that it revise the proposed plan to include the gray wolf. Read the rest of this entry »
In a new article by authors Rutledge et al 2015 eastern wolves genetic simulations, evidence is presented to support the existence of three distinct large canids in eastern North America, the gray wolf, the eastern wolf and the eastern coyote. Whereas some researchers conclude that the eastern wolf (canis lycaon) is a hybrid of the gray wolf and the western coyote, this article provides evidence that the eastern wolf is a distinct species. Furthermore, the article provides evidence that the great lakes wolf is a hybrid of the gray wolf and the eastern wolf and that the eastern coyote is a hybrid of the eastern wolf and the western coyote. It cites a prior study in which Great Lakes wolves were considered to be eastern wolves, thereby producing incorrect conclusions regarding the origins and identities of eastern North American canids. The authors of this study considered only wolves from Algonquin Park to be eastern wolves for purposes of DNA comparison.
The article states, “The recognition of the eastern wolf as a separate species does not exclude the possibility that a grey wolf x eastern wolf hybrid animal (similar to the Great Lakes wolves)…historically inhabited the northeastern United States alongside eastern wolves, and there is some evidence to support the historical presence of both Canis types. The recognition of C. lycaon should not, therefore, influence grey wolf delisting decisions in the USA.”
We at MWC again call for further DNA analyses of wolves killed south of the St. Lawrence River to determine their origins, their relation (if any) one another, and the possible existence of a breeding wolf population in the northeast U.S. and maritime Canada.