It’s A Girl!

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It’s confirmed!  Move over OR7, another wolf is upstaging you. There’s a Northern Rockies female wolf roaming the Grand Canyon, the first wolf to do so since the 1940’s. She traveled 450 miles or more to get there.  Boy am I ever glad she escaped the wolf hell in Idaho and Montana. We don’t really  know which wolf population she’s from in the Rockies, because her collar is dead. But who cares, she made it. They can’t catch her (good, she’s wolf wary) and have suspended the search due to cold weather. They only identified her through her scat. The Grand Canyon is so vast and rugged, it’s one of the best places in all of America for a wolf, plenty of mule deer for her! What wonderful news to start the day.

Stay safe  beautiful girl. Maybe you’re traveling with a friend we haven’t seen, one can only hope!



Feds confirm gray wolf is roaming north of Grand Canyon

Dylan Smith

Updated Nov 21, 2014, 6:32 pm  Originally posted Nov 21, 2014, 3:47 pm

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials announced Friday that they’ve got the straight poop on an animal seen near the Grand Canyon, confirming that a gray wolf from the Northern Rockies is making a home on the North Rim. While biologists were unable to capture the wolf for testing, DNA analysis of the wolf’s scat showed that she is a member of the endangered species.

The wolf was first spotted north of Grand Canyon National Park in the North Kaibab National Forest, and is the first gray wolf known to be in the area for over 70 years.

The wolf’s “epic journey through at least three western states fits with what scientific studies have shown, namely that wolves could once again roam widely and that the Grand Canyon is one of the best places left for them,” said Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued an emergency permit earlier in November to allow researchers to capture and conduct DNA testing on the creature, which observers said resembled a gray wolf.

Officials with Fish and Wildlife, along with those from the Arizona Game and Fish Department and National Park Service, were unable to detect a radio signal from a collar worn by the animal.

Biologists “attempted to capture the animal to collect blood and replace the radio collar,” said FWS spokesman Jeff Humphrey. “Those efforts were unsuccessful and have been suspended due to cold weather, as our primary concern is the welfare of this animal.”

Instead, the animal was confirmed to be a female Rocky Mountain gray wolf after testing was done on feces collected Nov. 2.

“Any future capture efforts will be for collar and transmitter replacement, and the wolf will be released on site,” Humphrey said.

“The lab may be able to determine the wolf’s individual identification by comparing its DNA profile with that of previously captured and sampled northern Rocky Mountain gray wolf females,” he said in a news release. “This analysis will take several weeks to several months.”

“The DNA results indicate this wolf traveled at least 450 miles from an area in the northern Rocky Mountains to northern Arizona,” said Benjamin Tuggle, southwest regional director for FWS. “Wolves, particularly young wolves, can be quite nomadic dispersing great distances across the landscape. Such behavior is not unusual for juveniles as they travel to find food or another mate.”


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Posted in: gray wolf, Wolf Recovery, Biodiversity

Tags: Northern Rockies female wolf, Grand Canyon, wolf recovery, stay safe, DNA scat ID, Arizona

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  1. Thank GOD , I wish all wolves could have a safe haven to live ,be free , and do what nature put them here for😍😍

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  2. Good, good news.

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  3. Hope they never catch her! They study these poor animals to their death. All she needs is another radio collar so eventually the Fws can track and kill her later! Who is really the animal — man or beast!

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    • We’re both animals, with different characteristics.

      It behooves us to ourselves change our social norms, as humans are the most dangerous and violent animal on the face of Earth.

      Connectivity is what wolves need, to prevent problems as have been seen on Isle Royale for a couple decades now: inbreeding depression and some physical deformities handicapping the young.

      Whether you or I like it or not, Utah (she probably came from the mountain connections through the Henrys, Uintas, Wasatch from Yellowstone area.) and Colorado as societies, will want to have a say in wolves.
      While there are a great number of humans in CO who want wolves, ranchers from the lower portions of that state have been big in preventing it; American Farm Bureau Federation and the Cattlemen’s Associations have big political power, a fact apparently unknown to those who believe that politicians have overweening power.

      A Safe Path has to be made between places where wolves can eat, and those people mostly don’t want Feds making the safe paths.

      Humans are hogging all the winter valleys in all mountains where wolves, griz, and ungulates need SPACE! Only a very few ranches are acceptant of wolves, bison, etc. and THIS must be changed.

      Due to men wanting guns above all things, almost all widely dispersing wolves were only found dead.
      This one’s an exception, and since few commentorsw on any site seem to have been paying attention to who and how were found responsible, I’ll tell ya:
      it is often the fact of collars that has brought both the lives and deaths, and those who killed them, into public knowledge.

      I don’t finally want to see collars, either, but a lot of the shoot-shovelers have been tracked down even though they supposedly shut up.
      Wolves have often chewed off collars on their relatives, and designs now prevent this.
      Knowing a wolf who did not tolerate collars, I defied the rules for years wherever I was – or rather learned the wolf’s skill of avoidance and whatever tricks possible, to avoid anything but anecdotal knowledge of his existence. He accomplished his ambassadorial duties/destiny full well, without provoking policing or poaching (I saw many frowns from horse & gun people in the mountains, and quelled the terrified residents of back east in the night, although a couple times when he receded me out onto a wildlands road, and I heard “look, a wolf!”, I did have to yell “Don’t shoot!”).

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      • I think that buffers and corridors will actually help a lot with lessening any human conflict – but I don’t think some want that, and would rather have no wolves, bison, and only elk that they can have for themselves from the side of the roads!

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    • Couldn’t agree more, Florence. Once you collar an animal, it becomes subject to human control. Thus, it is no longer truly wild. And, the collar becomes a red flag for all of the backward yahoos out there who love to kill wolves.

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  4. A few years back, I received a research grant to survey the North Rim and human attitudes towards wolf recovery in the region. I recommended that the North Rim and the Kaibab were far more suitable for wolves than the New Mexico/Arizona Mogollon country because of the human mentality there…I pray for the safety and protection of this wolf and all wolves. We live in a brutal time, in a brutal country that subverts the rule of law–and an Administration and government that spits on the Endangered Species Act. Maybe someday, America will become a country ruled by law and respectful of all life.

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    • Hi RC!

      I’m certain it is you who wrote both “Ravensong” and “Wolfsong”, and hope your life and work are as fulfilling to you as are your gifts to us.

      I’ve looked at Alistair Bath’s and others’ work surveying human attitudes toward wolves & reintroduction in various areas, but have not just now been able to find your research. Could you give us any links to help us out?
      (I had written some to include Kaibab Plateau and Greater Grand Canyon Ecosystem as part of Mexican Wolf recovery (as you know the deer are smaller than Northern ungulates, leading researchers to realise that smaller weight populations of wolves would likely be more successful, and C. l. baileyi would be a very good candidate there) – I believe that a Northern Rockies population, if a congenial male showsup, would do fine.)

      Since wolf recovery in the USA (and in canada) is HIGHLY dependent upon local human acceptance, your research is invaluable.

      Unfortunately, the politics aroused by wolf reintroduction generally pit ranching and hunting interests against their ideas of “too much interference and regulation” by the Federal govt. we have been finding that since Clinton’s failed attempt to make public lands ranchers pay commensurate with their exploitation of western public lands, the West generally has caused the Feds to either side with antiwolf, or fear to touch the subject.
      Law, for instance as defined by Idaho state legislature since the 80s, has been used (as you all know well) to kill as many as possible of the returning wolves there.
      While there are differences among those who saw the 10j rule added, the ESA itself, now is in danger from the incoming new congress and a Prez too weak to stand up for moral and ethical values.

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  5. I’m so very happy for this girl I hope more wolves find this trail to run away from death in Idaho and everywhere where they get killed.
    Stay safe and free my girl! I love you!

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  6. Wow. You don’t know how happy this makes me! Scouting out some new real estate!

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  7. Sadly, this wolf is probably displaced because of the slaughter.

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    • But safe, Justin; if you have ever known wolves, you will know that they are fast learners.

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  8. Good luck, you brave girl 🙂 Let’s hope she finds a mate, and we may just soon see a Grand Canyon pack…

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  9. Stop Fish and Wildlife Services from capturing her and recollaring. Stop collaring our wolves. It’s a death sentence!

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    • Right on! The best thing we humans can do is Leave Them Alone…but Homo sapiens loves to manipulate, study, test, and otherwise “f…” natural processes up. If we humans should do anything, it would be to have armed patrols in the general area–to make sure she and her kind are not harassed or shot. I can dream.


  10. Reblogged this on Exposing the Big Game.

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  11. If she is alone and the first wolf in such a long time, how is she going to find a mate in that region?. Are you going to release a captive male for her?

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  12. Such exciting news… She is a smart girl and we are all pulling for her.. Thanks for sharing Nabeki… Now we must pray for her survival and to stay elusive from the threat of man…

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  13. Reblogged this on Bohemian Glade and commented:
    How wonderful!

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  14. Reblogged this on "OUR WORLD".

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  15. sure would like to share this great story on facebook – that link has disappeared from the bottom of the articles 😦

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  16. please be safe and find a mate

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  17. I am thrilled to hear of this new female! The Males will find her and she will have a savvy Mate for life. I worry about all the Wild ones but have a particular sense of urgency for the Wolves and the Wild Horses.


  18. ♡♡♡


  19. Reblogged this on hocuspocus13 and commented:
    jinxx xoxo


  20. Wow. Good news!


  21. = > To:

    To wit:

    I wanted to say in general,

    I seriously believe your history of Wolf and/or Wildlife Management Practices has shown to be a very dismal one. This has resulted in in very unacceptibly-high costs to the “tax-payer” and small, local businesses. Utilizing unrealistic figures and statistics to base unrealistic expectations for ongoing projects has put upon the people, an ever-increasing cost burden and helped to further the tightening controls, by the biggest businesses, upon our use of lands and the adequate availability of agricultural products and services our people need in order to survive.

    First, neglecting that Nature once had a perfect balance in which We, as a sentient people, had the responsibility to live in concert and balance with the Natural Process.

    Second, by enabling the wealthiest to determine our social and environmental policies, even to the detriment of the health of our Natural World, all through the use of contributions and “gifts” to curry favor among the regulators.

    Third, you have served well the effect of “divide-and-conquer” among our Peoples, in that it is nearly impossible to have an intelligent discussion with each other about proper maintenance of the Natural Balance and effective, just methods in doing so.

    Fourth, These lands belong to ALL OF US. Therefore, ALL OF US should always be included, at our option, to the discussion table when it comes to determining policy concerning our lands and their uses.

    Fifth, the best solutions for a local area almost always come from those who live locally in the area affected by any such policies. Your agency(ies) have continued to ignore this reality.

    Six, what kind of future do we leave for our children and grandchildren if we continue this self-destructive path of “convenience” by top-down policy-making? Do our wild friends have any choice in where they are born? Do we, The People, have ANY say-so in how we get to enjoy the presence of our wild neighbors?

    Time to leave well enough alone!

    * * *

    It is way past time to let Nature (re-)take its turn again, and learn to live with Nature, rather than against it!

    I also am beginning to have my suspicions that we may see some of our precious wildlife being replaced with “genetically-engineered” monsters! – So far, MONSANTO, SYNGENTA, and others are eyeing the MASSIVE profits to be made by replacing ALL of our wild things with Intellectual-Property-Protected Bio-Engineered organisms.


    They are thinking about it, so be concerned, VERY concerned.

    – Rev. Dragon’s Eye


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