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Most Famous Wolf in the World’ Lived Hard—and Died Tragically

This alpha female dominated the wolves of Yellowstone. But outside the national park, she was vulnerable.
In 2012, “the most famous wolf in the world” was shot by a trophy hunter outside the sanctuary of Yellowstone National Park. She was known as ’06, and her death caused an international outcry comparable to the killing of Cecil the Lion in 2015. It also led to a new awareness of the plight of wolves and demands for greater protection, as Nate Blakeslee explains in his new book American Wolf. [Find out why wolves are so polarizing.]

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Judge Rules against FWS in Mexican Wolf Case

A federal judge ruled the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is not doing enough to ensure the future of Mexican in the desert southwest. She faulted a 2015 FWS federal management rule that, in part, caps population numbers at 325 and bars wolf dispersal north of Interstate 40 which runs through central Arizona and New Mexico.

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THE ACTUAL SIZE OF WOLF PAW PRINTS

The long, mournful howling in the distance easily distinguishes the wolves’ vocalizations from coyotes’ high-pitched, yipping howls and dogs’ barking. In daylight, however, when there’s only a few paw prints to distinguish between the canine species, you may wonder if they’re those of a wolf (Canis lupus), large dog (Canis lupus familiaris) or coyote (Canis latrans).

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THE SIMILARITIES BETWEEN A COYOTE AND A WOLF

Coyotes and wolves are quite different animals. Gray wolves are apex predators, from which few animals in their ranges are safe. Coyotes are smaller canids that historically have preyed upon small game. In some cases, wolves even prey upon coyotes. Despite these overt physical differences, the two species are very closely related. The numerous similarities include their diets, hunting styles and high intelligence

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