Eastern Wolf Wrap-Up

Who loves eastern wolves? YOU DO! This year, we teamed up with Dr. Brent Patterson of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to help protect these amazing mammals and we couldn’t have done it without Earth Rangers like YOU!

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From September 2014 to August 2015, almost 14,000 kids signed up to protect the eastern wolf. You helped to buy tracking collars for wolves so we can learn more about where they travel and how they use their habitat. Thanks to your hard work, Dr. Brent Patterson is using this information to figure out better ways to protect eastern wolves!

Here’s what you had to say about protecting the eastern wolf:

I have to say I really like eastern wolves. I am an Earth Ranger and I protect eastern wolves
- Katelynwolf

I’m helping the wolves cause I just love them. They r such beautiful animals why would I not save them?
- Matayacaresforanimals

We sat down to chat with Dr. Patterson about what it’s like to study eastern wolves. Here’s what he had to say:

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Dr. Brent Patterson with an adult wolf

What do you think is the coolest thing about eastern wolves?
Eastern wolves are fascinating! The idea that these predators have to live out in the wilderness and catch every meal using just their teeth is really interesting to me.

Why do you think it’s so important to protect eastern wolves?
Eastern wolves are apex predators, meaning they are at the top of the food chain, and they play a huge role in keeping the ecosystem balanced. When a predator kills its prey, it is helping to keep the prey’s population from growing too big. Without apex predators like wolves, there would be too many herbivores eating too many plants, which can cause real damage to the ecosystem.

How does your work help protect eastern wolves?
By monitoring the eastern wolves in and outside Algonquin Provincial Park, we can learn how they use the land and what factors affect their lives. From that information, we can figure out better ways to protect them and improve their lives in the park.

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Wolf with tracking collar. Photo Credit: Andrew Silver

How did your research go this year?
This year has been up and down so far. Our work in Queen Elizabeth II Wildland Provincial Park was really successful. Not only did we find eastern wolves living in the park, we were able to put collars on 11! Unfortunately, we weren’t as lucky in Algonquin Provincial Park where we didn’t collar any new wolves.

Right now, we are focusing on capturing wolves in areas of Queen Elizabeth II Wildland Provincial Park where we know eastern wolves visited last year. We are also preparing for a huge survey of wolf populations in Algonquin Provincial Park which we will do this coming winter.

What advice do you have for kids who want to do more to help protect animals like the eastern wolf?
It’s important to help educate your parents and friends about wolves and the issues they face, like habitat loss and degradation caused by equipment noise and pollution. The more people who know about the threats these wolves are facing, the more people will do what they can to help them.

How did the donations from Earth Rangers help your research?
Your donations helped to buy 7 GPS collars that we put on wolves and wolf-coyote hybrids during the past year. You’ve also helped fund the genetic analyses we use to figure out if each animal is a relatively pure eastern wolf or a hybrid (or mix) between eastern wolves and eastern coyotes.

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This map shows the tracking information for 3 of the wolves caught in Queen Elizabeth II Wildland Provincial Park in summer 2015

Here’s A BIG thank you to all the Earth Rangers who chose to protect the eastern wolf.

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  1. rbisawesome says:

    I love wolves

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  2. shauna9 says:

    wolves are cute and need to survive in life so let do it save the awesome wolves
    come on before it to late 😮

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  3. Immanuel21 says:

    cool

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  4. JOSH2nd says:

    cool

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  5. ltsc says:

    That wolf looked like a dog in that picture.

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