“Rainbow” Wolves Show Heat Loss From Mange

This time, it’s temperature that can regulate wolves. A collaborative study by the U.S. Geological Survey used thermal imaging cameras to test how sarcoptic mange affects heat loss in Yellowstone’s wolves. The results were as surprising as they were colourful. Caused by the mite Sacroptes scabiei, sarcoptic mange is highly contagious and causes severe itching, skin lesions and hair loss. Another … Continue reading “Rainbow” Wolves Show Heat Loss From Mange

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Illegality breeds contempt: the hybridisation of wolves and Czechoslovakian wolf-dogs in Italy

A four-year investigation by the Public Prosecutor of Modena has uncovered an illegal trade in wolf hybrids. To mitigate bone and hip problems in the breed, and create a more ‘wolf-like’ appearance to impress dog show judges, unscrupulous breeders have been crossing Czechoslovakian wolfdogs with wild wolves. But if wolfdogs are descended from a  German … Continue reading Illegality breeds contempt: the hybridisation of wolves and Czechoslovakian wolf-dogs in Italy