The source of a mysterious fake letter warning people about grey wolves wandering in Nova Scotia has been found — and it’s the Canadian military.

The letter appeared in a number of mailboxes, and it looked like an official note from the Department of Lands and Forestry. It claimed that eight grey wolves had been reintroduced to Kings County in August.

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A hunting party member shot a wolf attacking his dog in Kuhmo, Finland, police said in a statement. The case came to the attention of police on Saturday morning.

According to the press release, the owner had come to his dog and seen a herd of 6-8 wolves scratching this. The owner had fired a warning shot without success and then fired towards the wolves, leaving one of the wolves hit by a bullet and dead. The other wolves fled in different directions after the shot.

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From The Brussels Times:

A wolf was found dead along a motorway in northeastern Belgium on Friday, a nature organisation reported, saying it was likely that it was one of four pups born this spring.

Flemish nature organisation Welkom Wolf said that an alert call early on Friday confirmed that one of their fears had become a reality.

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From Sierra, the national magazine of the Sierra Club:

Last spring, amid grim headlines about the coronavirus, some heartwarming news received national attention. Seven red wolves were born in April and May at the North Carolina Zoo. Images of Lily, Aster, Cedar, Sage, and their siblings, all named after plants native to the state, circulated widely on social media.

About 250 red wolves live in 43 zoos, wildlife sanctuaries, and other refuges throughout the US. A sophisticated captive-breeding program, in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), even includes a stud book of wolves to help ensure genetic diversity.

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From Courthouse News Service:

RALEIGH, N.C. (CN) — Advocates for the critically endangered red wolf are optimistic that a federal judge’s approval of a settlement with the government will help save the species from extinction.

The eastern part of North Carolina is the only place on Earth where red wolves can be heard howling in the wild – and there are only a handful of them left.

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From The Ely Echo in Minnesota:

Once the doors closed at the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital MRI unit on Sept. 15, a special patient was wheeled into place for a unique MRI. This patient was a wolf.
For the first time in the history of the International Wolf Center and the first time at the hospital, an ambassador wolf from the Center was given an MRI.

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From the Steamboat Pilot & Today in Colorado:

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — While other Routt County residents spent their stay-at-home days binge-watching Netflix shows or trying to bake Instagram-worthy loaves of bread amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Larry Desjardin developed an obsession with wolves.

More specifically, Desjardin, a conservationist in Routt County, wanted to know how bringing wolves back to Colorado would impact the environment and what would be required to ensure a balance in the ecosystem.

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From The Washington Post and the Associated Press:

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska conservationists are urging state and federal officials not to reopen wolf hunting season around Prince of Wales Island.

They are imploring officials to do so in order to allow the population of wolves to recover from last season’s record harvest, CoastAlaska reported.

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Free Virtual Book Launch: Wolf Island: Discovering the Secrets of a Mythic Animal by L. David Mech with Greg Breining

Speakers: L. David Mech and Greg Breining

October 27, 2020, 5:00-6:00 PM CDT

Virtual Event



Join us for the launch of the new book Wolf Island: Discovering the Secrets of a Mythic Animal by Dr. L. David Mech with Greg Breining. This event will include remarks by author L. David Mech, followed by a conversation moderated by co-writer Greg Breining, and audience Q&A. International Wolf Center Executive Director Grant Spickelmier will offer introductory remarks, with the audience Q&A moderated by IWC’s Interpretive Center Director, Krista Harrington.

This book launch is made possible in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Press.


About Wolf Island:


In the late 1940s, a few wolves crossed the ice of Lake Superior to the island wilderness of Isle Royale, creating a perfect “laboratory” for a long-term study of predators and prey. As the wolves hunted and killed the island’s moose, a young graduate student named Dave Mech began research that would unlock the mystery of one of nature’s most revered (and reviled) animals—and eventually became an internationally renowned and respected wolf expert. This is the story of those early years.


Wolf Island recounts three extraordinary summers and winters Mech spent on the isolated outpost of Isle Royale National Park, tracking and observing wolves and moose on foot and by airplane—and upending the common misperception of wolves as wanton killers of insatiable appetite. Mech sets the scene with one of his most thrilling encounters: witnessing an aerial view of a spectacular hunt, then venturing by snowshoe (against the pilot’s warning) to examine the carcass in the face of fifteen hungry wolves. Wolf Island owes as much to the spirit of adventure as to the impetus of scientific curiosity. Written with science and outdoor writer Greg Breining, who recorded hours of interviews with Mech and had access to his journals and field notes from those years, the book captures the immediacy of scientific fieldwork in all its triumphs and frustrations. It takes us back to the beginning of a classic environmental study that continues today, spanning over sixty years—research and experiences that would transform one of the most despised creatures on Earth into an icon of wilderness and ecological health.


Purchase a copy of Wolf Island:
Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase via the International Wolf Center’s Wolf Den Store at A portion of the sales of Wolf Island will be donated to the International Wolf Center to help them continue their work to educate the world about wolves. Mech founded the Center in 1985.



About the authors:

  • David Mech is a senior research scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey and adjunct professor in the departments of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology and of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the University of Minnesota. Among his many books are The Wolf: The Ecology and Behavior of an Endangered Species and the coauthored The Wolves of Denali (both from the University of Minnesota Press). He is founder of the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota.
  • Greg Breining has written for the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, National Geographic Traveler, and Audubon, among many other publications. He has written more than a dozen books, including Wild Shore: Exploring Lake Superior by Kayak (Minnesota, 2000).

About the International Wolf Center:

The International Wolf Center advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future. For more information about the International Wolf Center, visit

About the University of Minnesota Press:

The University of Minnesota Press is recognized internationally for its innovative, boundary-breaking editorial program in the humanities and social sciences and as publisher of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), the most widely used objective tests of personality in the world. Minnesota also maintains as part of its mission a strong commitment to publishing books on the people, history, and natural environment of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. Established in 1925, Minnesota is among the founding members of the Association of University Presses (AUP). For more information, visit









I stumble past long grass, whipping mosquitoes away from my legs, as I enter a clearing. “The deer have been eating all the young trees here, so they haven’t managed to grow,” my guide tells me, gesturing to the shrubbery in front of us. We carry on walking and the trees suddenly become taller and denser.

“It looks like they don’t graze here as much,” he says. “Probably because there’s dead wood on the ground. It makes it harder for them to get away if there are wolves in the area.”

“Is that a good thing?” I ask.

“It’s neither good nor bad,” he replies. “It’s just what nature intends.”

My guide is Stefan Schwill, one of Germany’s leading proponents of rewilding. This method of conservation aims to let large areas of land return to wilderness – in other words, a state of zero human intervention.

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