August 20, 2019

Cross-Fostering Wolves: When Bad Becomes Good

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WolfPups2Below is a press release offered by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. It actually baffles this tiny mind of mine. The press release is designed for the general public that knows nothing about wolf breeding programs, wolf introduction, etc. All the public knows is that there are either wolves or there aren’t wolves, i.e. they love or hate the idea.

There’s tons missing from this presser. For instance, it basically tells anyone (rarely anyone), who gets this release, that efforts are underway to increase the number and viability of wolves in the desert Southwest. They kind of side-step the process and completely fail to inform anybody about the genetics of raising mongrel dog/wolves in captivity so somebody can rush the little puppies out into the woods, sticking them in another wolf den, crossing their fingers, and hoping for the best.

I’ll spare readers of any rants about perversion and real government efforts to destroy the rights of humans. Consider, however, the hypocrisy that exists when it comes to wildlife management, even at its simplest levels.

The majority of those who support wolf/cross-bred mutt introduction, believe that wolves are some kind of magical, god-like creature that is so important for their long, sought-after balance of nature – a myth. These seriously misled and perverted wolf adorers, while thinking nothing of stooping to the severity of destroying an actual wolf subspecies at the hands of dumbing down DNA requirements for a pure wolf, raising cross-bred dogs as “wolves” and whisking the puppies away in hopes some unsuspecting bitch will raise them as pseudo “wild dogs” is beyond comprehension.

The envelope is being pushed in just how far man should go in wildlife management, and these wolf lovers support this action, but refuse to support any less radical management efforts to protect other species.

Does anybody find it odd and disturbing that history, through fact and folklore, never paints the image of a wolf in any light other than that of death, destruction and evil, and this modern American society, not only promotes that nasty wolves be forced into our back yards, be are now seeing the wolf as god-like – their answer to all that troubles them?

The Bible tells us that in the Last Days, events like this would happen; that down becomes up, that wrong becomes right, that dark becomes light, and, evidently, wolves become a savior.

Press Release from the Arizona Game and Fish Department:

For immediate release, May 4, 2015

Mexican wolf biologists remain vigilant for cross-fostering opportunity
Technique promises to improve genetics of wild population

PHOENIX — The Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team (IFT) is observing from a distance the potential denning behavior of Mexican wolf packs in the wild looking for a cross-fostering opportunity. Cross-fostering is a technique to move very young pups from one litter into a different, similar-age wild litter with the hope that the receiving pack will raise them as their own. Cross-fostering is undertaken to introduce genetically-desirable pups into the litter of an experienced female and wild-proven pack.

Last year, two pups were successfully cross-fostered from a wild, but inexperienced female, into the den of the proven Dark Canyon pack in New Mexico – a first for the Mexican wolf recovery program. A key to cross-fostering is timing. Donor pups and the litter of a receiving female must be whelped within days of each other.
This year, that requires close coordination between captive rearing facilities in the binational Species Survival Plan rearing facilities and packs in the wild.

The IFT will be looking for opportunities to cross-foster wolf pups in the Apache National Forest between now and May 30. In particular the IFT will be trying to cross-foster wolves into the Bluestem and Maverick packs due to the packs’ proven ability to successfully rear pups.

The 2014 Mexican wolf population survey results announced in February showed a minimum of 109 wolves in the wild, up from 83 the previous year.

The reintroduction is a collaborative effort of the Service, Arizona Game and Fish Department, White Mountain Apache Tribe, USDA Forest Service, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service – Wildlife Services, and several participating counties in Arizona.

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