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First Wolf Killed In New Brunswick In More Than A Century – Maine Wolf Coalition Renews Its Call For A Bi-National Recovery Plan
DATE: MAY 9, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FIRST WOLF KILLED IN NEW BRUNSWICK IN MORE THAN A CENTURY
MAINE WOLF COALITION RENEWS ITS CALL FOR A BI-NATIONAL RECOVERY PLAN
In April of this year, a coyote hunter on New Brunswick’s Acadian Peninsula shot and killed an 86 pound canid that DNA testing determined to be a wolf. It is believed to be the first wolf killed in New Brunswick since the 19th century.
This follows a wolf killed in Newfoundland in March of this year and it is at least the ninth wolf known to have been killed in the northeastern U.S. and eastern Canada in an area from Massachusetts north to Newfoundland. It is yet more evidence that wolves are attempting to recolonize parts of eastern North America where they were extirpated a century or more ago. The New Brunswick wolf was determined to be a gray/eastern wolf hybrid. Gray wolves are typically found in more northerly regions of Canada while the smaller eastern wolves are found in a band across southern Ontario and Quebec. Gray/eastern hybrids do occur in southern and central Canada and are most likely the “new” wolves that are recolonizing eastern North America south of the St. Lawrence River. Wolves can travel hundreds of miles during dispersal from their pack and in the winter months, the frozen St. Lawrence River upriver from Montreal serves as a possible conduit for wolf dispersal.
The killing of the New Brunswick wolf has prompted The Maine Wolf Coalition to renew calls for a Bi-National Recovery Plan for wolves in this region. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent, the coalition states, “Some time ago our organization requested that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service work with Canada on a Bi-National Recovery Plan for this wolf. With the recent documentation of wolves in New Brunswick and Newfoundland, we believe such a plan is needed more than ever. We again ask the U.S. and Canada to work together to promote the natural recolonization of this animal. It is in the best interest not only of our environment, but of our economy.”
The Maine Wolf Coalition, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to wolf recovery in Maine through research, education and protection. For more information, please contact John Glowa at (207) 445-2360 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meredith Kellogg has been named MWC’s Education & Outreach Coordinator. Meredith has been a wolf advocate since the age of nine. She is a graduate of Unity College in Unity, Maine and is currently a graduate student at the University of Southern Maine. She is a frequent volunteer at Wolf Park in Indiana and is their Northeast Ambassador. She has also worked as an interpretive guide at a state park. Meredith is presently developing wolf programs for schools and other groups. She is available on a limited basis to present wolf programs in and around Portland, Maine. If you would like to request a program, please contact this web site. We’re extremely pleased and excited to have Meredith on board!
The Maine Wolf Coalition, Inc. announces its new Northeast Wolf Recovery website at http://mainewolfcoalition.org . The primary purpose of the website is to provide the public with up to date information regarding the natural recolonization of wolves in the northeast U.S. after an absence of a century. In recent years several wolves have been killed in the northeast, the most recent being an 85 lb. animal identified by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as an “eastern gray wolf” killed in western Massachusetts in 2007. In addition to the Massachusetts wolf, since 1993, wolves have also been killed in Maine, Vermont and New York. Read the rest of this entry »