Pack Meeting #186

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Pack Meeting #186

Thank you everyone who attended our pack meeting! OOC Rules and LOA rules have been updated.

Meeting Notes

  • Shukie & Skydancer become spirit siblings!
  • OOC Rule: Due to the recent influx of negativity in our channels we’re implementing a 0 tolerance for it. We welcome visiting wolves and members to vent and be able to express themselves, but we ask that you please take it to PM to someone you’re comfortable talking with if you need to vent.
  • LOA Rules: We’re no longer having “time period charts” for members, assessments, pledges etc. in regards to LOA’s. It’s far to confusing and to many wolves have taken LOA’s that have lasted for half a year. When your wolf is gone for so long you will be displaced because so much has happened during your absence. You’ll need to re-integrate your wolf back into role play after being gone for so long so it only makes sense that you would need to re-pledge yourself. So moving forward wolves can request a LOA up to 3 months. If your wolf fails to show up or give us notice that you need more time then you’ll be demoted back to a visiting wolf. Once you return you are more than welcome to re-pledge again once you’re able to be active. This goes for members, members I-T, Assessments, and Pledges.
 

Oregon Wolf Recovery

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Is The Recovery Going Slow?

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) recently completed its 2016 wolf count with surprising results. Last year, wildlife biologists confirmed 110 wolves within the state; this year’s tally only found 112. With just two more confirmed wolves, ODFW described 2016’s growth rate as “weak” with a “sharp drop from the 27% to 36% growth rates the previous three years,” The Portland Tribune reports.

While this stalled growth may be troubling, ODFW doesn’t believe recovery is faltering…at least, not yet. What it does suggest is that wildlife population counts may not always show the full picture. Russ Morgan, ODFW’s wolf program manager, told The Portland Tribune that the low numbers are likely a “byproduct of our counting methodology.” Morgan says that wolves cannot be included in the count without a confirmed sighting – something that can be difficult since wolves can be stealthy. In fact, Morgan adds, this method of counting is actually, “very conservative.”

“You get what you get,” says Morgan. “It’s not the actual population, but the actual minimum. You know there can’t be fewer.”

ODFW is considering other methods of counting wolves rather than relying primarily on breeding pair counts; for example, estimating populations based upon known birth rates, according to The Portland Tribune. Some groups, like Oregon Wild, believe that the wolf pack populations have continually decreased and believe that ODFW’s push to pursue wolf hunting and trapping despite low numbers is part of the problem. The state, however, has yet to legalize this type of sport hunting. In fact, ODFW says that there are other factors that may have contributed to the drop in wolf populations, including exposure to parvovirus, which can impact pup survival rates, and human-wolf or livestock-wolf interactions that have to be dealt with lethally.

To view the 2016 ODFW wolf report, click here.

 

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Alpha Female Of Canyon Pack Dies

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The 12-year-old alpha female wolf of Yellowstone’s Canyon pack, photographed here in January, was found severely injured and was subsequently euthanized near Gardiner, Mont., on Tuesday. Park officials are investigating the events leading up to her death.

12 Year Old Alpha Female From The Canyon Pack Found Severely Injured

The well-recognized white alpha female wolf that led Yellowstone’s Canyon pack for nearly a decade was found severely injured and was euthanized by park officials earlier this week.

Although the 12-year-old wolf was discovered and put down Tuesday, her demise wasn’t well known until Friday, when Yellowstone National Park officially put out word.

Longtime Yellowstone wolf-watcher Laurie Lyman said that, leading up to her final days, the alpha female was acting unusual, almost as if she had a canine version of dementia.

“She was doing sort of these erratic things, and she was by herself a lot,” Lyman said. “It was almost like she didn’t know what she was doing or where she was going.”

Yellowstone officials have shared few details about the circumstances of the wolf’s death, but have said she was “in shock” and “dying from the injuries.”

Hikers near the town of Gardiner, Montana, discovered the ailing animal, and park staff who investigated believed the famous wolf could not be saved and ended her suffering.

Yellowstone officials are seeking tips about the incident, which can be phoned into 307-344-2132 or emailed to Yell_LEO@nps.gov.

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Bison Calves Are Appearing

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After Atraya scouted into the hunting grounds she was greeted by a herd of bison cows who have migrated into the hunting grounds and territory of WolfSpirits. The time of year for them to give birth to their calves has begun and some already guiding around a couple week old and early calves. Atraya had managed to make quick work of one calf, felling it and providing a quick meal for the pack but the potential for more continued meals would be introduced into the pack! Though winter is the domain for wolves to hunt and have full bellies, spring also provides an entire buffet of a younger generation to hunt.


General Information On Bison – Bison Facts – Defenders.org

Known for roaming great distances, bison move continuously as they eat. The females, or cows, lead family groups. Bulls remain solitary or in small groups for most of the year, but rejoin the group during mating season.

Bison are adapted to the extreme weather conditions of the Great Plains, from summer heat to winter cold and blizzards. In winter, bison can dig through deep snow with their heads to reach the vegetation below.

Bison often rub, roll and wallow. Wallowing creates a saucer-like depression in the earth called a wallow. This was once a common feature of the plains; usually these wallows are dust bowls without any vegetation.

Bulls and cows do not mingle until breeding season. Dominant bulls “tend” to cows, following the cow around until the cow chooses to mate. During this period, the bull blocks the cow’s vision so that she may not see other competing bulls, and bellows at males striving for the cow’s attention.

Mating Season: June-September, peak activity in July-August
Gestation: 270-285 days.  Calf is born April-May.
Litter size: 1 calf

Registration Now Available!

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Profile’s Now Live!

I’m happy to announce that profiles are now live. After fiddling around with several pieces of software and plugins, I think I’ve found the one that will suit us. I know it doesn’t look very pretty right now, but I’m working on a template to be more fluid with our current theme! I’ll add your profile link to your icon on the pack page as soon as you register and are approved!

Sincerely,

Atraya

Alpha Female Of WolfSpirits


How To Register

  1. Click Here to register
  2. Fill out the application
  3. You will need admin approval before your account can become active. This takes at least 1 day.
  4. Once you’re approved you can go ahead and start editing your profile!

 

Profile How-To’s

There is a known bug where once you set your profile photo you cannot edit it. I am currently working on fixing this bug! But in the meantime, once you upload a photo you cannot edit the profile photo. You should however be able to edit your cover photo!

 

How To Edit Your Profile

  1. Click on the gear icon ( bottom right corner of your cover photo )
  2. Hover over the center of your cover photo and click
  3. You will be prompted to change your cover photo – upload whatever photo you’d like! ( PG -13 please )

How To Change Your Cover Photo

  1. Click on the gear icon ( bottom right corner of your cover photo )
  2. Scroll down until you see your profile
  3. Start filling in the blanks
  4. Note: You can use HTML in your descriptions and use emotes/icons as well! Just don’t go crazy!