Denver has just received his first two weeks supply of @differentdog food 🤗
Denver is a VERY fussy eater, I mean VERY!!
We met Anna on the Different Dog food stool at @pawsinthepark Dog show and Denver tried there hand cooked dog food and he absolutely loved it.
He had his first one tonight and chomped it all Down which made us so happy 😁🤗👌🏻 Thank you very much Anna for taking the time to help us out, we really appreciate it 🤗
I wanted to share more recent preliminary models for my ongoing wolf research. If you don’t know about the project, here’s the basics: I created the largest dataset for gray wolves in the lower 48 using intel from USDA, Fish and Wildlife, DNR, etc. from 2009-2018 for the eight “wolf states”: Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Oregon, and Washington. There are a LOT of variables- about fifty in total. I’m using statistical analysis to make models in order to discover which variables have the most influence on wolf predation of cattle and sheep. This way, perhaps ranchers can figure out better ways to secure their animals, and to put some of the many myths about the “big bad wolf” at rest. Interestingly, my %controlled variable - the percent of wolves of a state’s population killed to protect livestock- is consistently positively associated with more attacks. This fits in with my hypothesis regarding social disturbance- more wolves killed = more fragmentation = more attacks. Another study on wolves from 2015 (it was heavily critiqued, by the way) predicted that more breeding pairs = more attacks, but I hypothesize the opposite, since a breeding pair signals a healthy, cohesive pack. So far, my models are agreeing with me. *
NOTE: Preliminary models = preliminary. Also, these models are for predicting CATTLE attacks- I’ll get to sheep soon. Before you rush to critique, remember that 1) most scientists don’t show a step by step process in the first place and 2) the analysis is still ongoing and though the final models may look similar to these, they will in no way be identical. Feel free to ask questions, especially if I didn’t explain the process properly. *
I hope to someday photograph wolves out in the wild, but this image from the @intlwolfcenter will have to do for now. I went during enrichment, which is a treat or activity meant to stimulate the wolves. They were shy at first and I didn’t capture anything notable, so I actually went back to the Wolf Center later in the day for the next enrichment. This time they were really curious about a bubble machine the staff had put out that was blowing bacon scented bubbles! This is the wolf looking right at the bacon bubble machine.
On our first day of last week's trip we went to the "Nationalpark Hunsrück-Hochwald" to the Erbeskopf.
I was looking for a dense forest, with needles or moss on the ground so that sunlight would breach only at a few spots and wanted to put Ninja in such a spot. I wanted him to be shine as if hit by a searchlight at night.
Sadly the sky was all covered by clouds and while driving I wondered if I was able to get such a picture at all...
Once I arrived I found a whole lot of trees missing. The spot in the forest was gone...
We had 2 really warm summer. The lack of water weakened the trees and they were unable to fight of bark beetles. In order to diminish the danger from this plague, they had to remove the trees to regrow the forest. While I was initially sad I could understand the problem... As I moved on I found a similar spot. Just as I arrived, the sky cleared enough for a few Rey's of light to breach the forest... As I put Ninja to the spot it was gone again and it took another 20 min for this spot to light up 😊
I kept Ninja busy searching for sausage and he willingly posed for me ♥️
This was the story behind this picture.
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