Internet game on wolves of Yellowstone Park in the USA


This video is about getting a mate in Wolfquest.

From CBC in Canada:

Game brings wolves to web

Wolf avatars must hunt, fight and ensure the pack survives

Last Updated: Monday, December 31, 2007 | 5:04 PM ET

The Minnesota Zoo is offering an online opportunity to play wolf.

It has launched the first instalment in what it says will be a series of downloadable episodes that allow players to experience the life of a wolf in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

WolfQuest players take on the role of a wolf,” the zoo said. Players hunt elk and snowshoe hares, deal with strange wolves, harass coyotes who try to steal the wolf’s kills — “or just for the fun of it” — and find a mate.

The Mysterious Disappearance of Yellowstone’s Rabbits: here.

Old Faithful Videocam Now Available: here.

Old Faithful’s Underground Cavern Discovered: here.

The Science Behind Yellowstone’s Supervolcano: here.

People curse them, trap them, even shoot them, but Coyotes continue to thrive. In fact, their range has expanded greatly in the last fifty years. Whereas people once encountered Coyotes only in Canada and the American West, now these carnivores can be found across the East Coast of the United States as well, from Maine down to South Carolina: here.

Weather Leads to Coyote Attacks on Pets in New Orleans: here.

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11 thoughts on “Internet game on wolves of Yellowstone Park in the USA

  1. Dear Friend of eNature,

    Alaska is the only state in the nation where trophy hunters can gun down wolves from airplanes or chase wolves to exhaustion and then shoot them from the ground all under the guise of “predator control.” Act now to protect America’s wolves.

    We’ve already lost close to 700 wolves in the past four years to the brutal practice of aerial hunting, and Alaska officials hope to kill hundreds more this year alone.

    You can get Congress to stop this cruelty now. Please urge your representative to co-sponsor the Protect America’s Wildlife (PAW) Act before another wolf dies.

    Thirty-five years ago, Congress passed a law to put an end to aerial hunting. But Alaska is exploiting a loophole to resume this cruel practice. The PAW Act can close this federal loophole and curb Alaska’s brutal aerial hunting program.

    Hundreds of scientists condemn this cruel practice even as states like Wyoming and Idaho threaten to follow Alaska’s dangerous lead. It’s time to stop aerial hunting once and for all. Please take one minute to sign our petition to stop aerial hunting of wolves today!

    Thanks for your love and respect for wildlife, and for taking the time to make a difference,
    Rebecca Young,
    Care2 and ThePetitionSite Team

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/477616584?z00m=12982059

  2. The Bush/Cheney administration has just eliminated federal protections for wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies, opening the door to the slaughter of hundreds of America’s most beloved wolves.

    Please sign Care2′s petition to demand that the administration reverse its misguided decision and continue protecting Greater Yellowstone wolves under the Endangered Species Act.

    Bob Fertik

    care2 petitionsite actionAlert

    Dear Activist,

    The Bush administration has just eliminated federal protections for hundreds of endangered wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies.

    Please protest this decision now – it will only take a minute to send your message in support of protecting these wolves!

    This decision leaves wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies at the mercy of outrageous state management plans that allow for the killing of as many as 1,200 wolves – 70% of all the region’s wild wolves!

    Idaho officials want to use aerial gunning to kill wolves in their state. Wyoming agencies have left the door open to the use of traps and poison to eliminate wolves. And officials in both states – and Montana – have proposed wolf hunts.

    That’s not responsible wildlife management. It’s a recipe for disaster.

    Please make your voice heard today and demand continued protections for wolves!

    Thank you for your urgent action today,
    Rebecca Young,
    Care2 and ThePetitionSite Team

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/806854919?z00m=13932203

  3. Mar 29, 6:04 AM EDT

    Gray Wolf Hunts Planned After De-Listing

    By JESSIE BONNER
    Associated Press Writer

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Good news for gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains: They no longer need federal protection. The bad news for the animals? Plans are already in the works to hunt them.

    Federal Endangered Species Act protection of the wolves was lifted Friday in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, giving those states management of the estimated 1,500 gray wolves in the region.

    Even though environmentalists plan to sue the federal government next month to restore wolf protections, hunts are already being scheduled by state wildlife agencies to reduce the wolf population to between 900 and 1,250.

    Idaho hunters will be allowed to kill between 100-300 of the animals this fall under a plan approved by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission. The hunts are partly in response to increasing numbers of livestock being killed as the predators’ population has grown.

    “We manage big game for a living, we’re good at it,” said Steve Nadeau, who oversees large carnivores for the Idaho Fish and Game Department. “The world is watching and we know it.”

    Fish and Game estimates Idaho now has 800 gray wolves. Should the number of breeding pairs in Idaho fall below a target number, the animals could be brought back under federal protection.

    After a series of public shouting matches between wolf advocates and opponents, comments from Idaho Department Fish and Game officials on Friday seemed largely designed to reassure both ends of the debate.

    Cal Groen, director of the department, told reporters that his agency has already proven its ability to recover and maintain Idaho wolf populations. “We’ve exceeded all the goals the federal government set,” Groen said.

    But Doug Honnold, a managing attorney for the nonprofit environmental law firm Earthjustice, disagrees. Honnold said the wolf populations won’t be fully recovered in Idaho and the northern Rockies until the animals number between 2,000 and 3,000.

    Earthjustice, which represents 12 local and national environmental groups, plans to sue the federal government next month to continue wolf protections.

    All three state plans to manage the wolves call for a reduction in their numbers, which will eventually lead to weaker breeding, Honnold said in a telephone interview from Bozeman, Mont.

    “We think that would be a disaster,” he said. “We’ve spent a lot of time, money and effort to promote wolf recovery.”

    Gray wolves were listed as endangered in 1973 after being hunted into near extinction, but the population has rebounded dramatically after restoration efforts began in 1995. The wolves were recently de-listed in the western Great Lakes, while the wolf population in the Southwest remains endangered.

    Wildlife biologists estimate there are now 41 breeding pairs in Idaho, in 72 packs. If that number falls below 10 breeding pairs, or 15 during a three-year period, the wolves could be brought back under federal protection.

    On Friday, Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter signed a bill to allow ranchers, outfitters and pet owners to kill wolves harassing livestock. The law gives owners up to 72 hours to report wolves they’ve killed after catching them annoying, disturbing or stalking animals or livestock.

    On the Net:

    Idaho Fish and Game Commission: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov

    Earthjustice: http://www.earthjustice.org

    © 2008 The Associated Press.

  4. Beyond bison and bears: Scientists seeking Yellowstone’s hidden species find more than 1,200

    MIKE STARK Associated Press Writer

    2:18 PM CST, November 4, 2009

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Scientists searching for Yellowstone National Park’s lesser-known life forms — beyond its famed bison, bears and wolves — found more than 1,200 species, including several never known before to exist in the park.

    A one-day study of the park in late August found microscopic worms, mushrooms, a bluish-green lichen, a slender grass and a colorful tiger beetle, among other creatures, in about two square miles of Yellowstone, according to initial results released this week.

    Some 125 scientists and volunteers spent 24 hours canvassing an area in northern Yellowstone during the “bioblitz” — a scientific mad dash to document as many species as possible over the course of a day.

    The park’s wolves, bears, bison and elk are a popular topic for study but rarely do scientists turn their attention to insects and other smaller creatures that provide the ecological building blocks for those larger mammals to survive, said Kayhan Ostovar, an assistant professor of environmental science at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont.

    “There are a lot of them, and we don’t even know which ones are there,” said Ostovar, who helped organize the one-day study in Yellowstone.

    Ann Rodman, a Yellowstone scientist who helped organize the event, said the study “lets people see the value of Yellowstone is not just the big mammals we preserve that people drive down the road and see. There’s a whole lot more here.”

    And while the worms, mushrooms and beetles may not inspire cuddly plush toys for sale at America’s first national park, they do add to the scientific knowledge that has favored Yellowstone’s charismatic mammals and breathtaking network of geysers and hot springs.

    It could be months or longer before the inventory is finished. But the initial report showed a rich biodiversity including 46 kinds of bees, 373 plant species, 86 mushroom types, five kinds of bats, 24 butterflies and more 300 kinds of insects.

    The finished list won’t provide a complete picture of what’s living in the park. The inventory only notes species found on that particular day and in an area that is just a fraction of the park’s 3,400 square miles.

    But it provides enough for comparative use in the face of climate change and other stressors that can sometimes cause rapid changes and declines, Rodman said.

    These brief and intensive inventories of species have been held in at least 40 national parks, including the Great Smoky Mountains between North Carolina and Tennessee, Maine’s Acadia National Park and New Mexico’s Valles Caldera National Preserve. Scientists say they provide important snapshots for future researchers tracking the effects of climate change, human development and other stressors.

    The information adds a deeper understanding to the kinds of plants and wildlife in a park and their responses to changes in their environment, said Kirsten Leong, a Colorado-based park scientist who leads a team that studies interactions between people and the natural world.

    Yellowstone’s bioblitz was sponsored by the Greater Yellowstone Science Learning Center and funded by the National Park Service and a grant from Canon U.S.A. Inc.

    ___

    On the Net:

    Greater Yellowstone Science Learning Center, http://www.greateryellowstonescience.org/index.php

    Yellowstone National Park, http://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm

  5. Dear Friend of Wildlife,

    I have exciting news for you! Our partner Animal Planet, through their R.O.A.R. conservation initiative, has offered us a $25,000 matching grant to help protect Yellowstone bison.

    That means every dollar you give will be DOUBLED today to protect this historic herd.

    A rancher has agreed to retire grazing rights on the 10,000 acre Wapiti allotment in the Gallatin National Forest, near Yellowstone. This will help restore vital habitat to bison and other wildlife. But we must raise $75,000 right away to make it happen!

    It only costs $7.50 to symbolically adopt an acre of Wapiti land through our Adopt-a-Wildlife-Acre program. And with the matching grant, that same $7.50 will now adopt TWO acres. Take advantage of this opportunity and donate today!

    The Wapiti allotment is a key area to help create a safer area for Yellowstone bison. As you may recall, during harsh winters when bison leave park boundaries in search of food, hundreds are needlessly killed out of fear that they will spread disease to livestock grazing nearby.

    We’ve been working with ranchers and have been steadily retiring acres, creating safer areas for bison. Today, you can help safeguard this iconic American treasure before it’s too late. Thank you!

    Sincerely,

    Larry Schweiger
    President & CEO

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