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Disproving anti-wolf propaganda and contributing to the dA wolf community since 2008.
Founded 6 Years ago
Dec 13, 2008


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:bulletgreen:What is AoW?

Army of Wolves, or AoW for short, is a group dedicated to canine art and photography. Giving all canine predators a voice in our society is also a main priority.

:bulletblue: Who/what are we against?

We are against the killing of wolves and other canines. We're against the buying and selling of fur, taxidermy, and the exploitation of wildlife.

:bulletpurple: Does AoW accept art from its members?

Yes, AoW accepts art from members that do canine art (wolves, coyotes, dogs, foxes, etc.). Also, art that stands up for wolves and/or other canines being wrongfully killed is greatly appreciated!

:bulletred: When was AoW established?

AoW became a deviant profile on December 13, 2008. On December 31st, 2009, AoW became an official devaintART Group.

:bulletpurple:On November 10, 2011, AoW reached 1000 members.


:bulletblack: Absolutely NO taxidermists or fur "artists". NO pelts or corpses of animals are allowed in our gallery.

:bulletgreen: NO offensive material towards wolves or other canines.

:bulletpurple: NO spamming or trolls. If you are a troll, you will be reported.

:bulletyellow: The highest ranking a member can be is Contributor. No one can be Co-Founder except for UrosWolf, who helped found the group.

:bulletred: The art submission limit is now 3 deviations per deviant per day.

:bulletblack: NO extreme wolfaboos, or wolf-haters allowed.

:bulletpink: NO fetishes such as vore, bondage, scat, etc.

:bulletpurple: If you join, you will be at least 75.2412534% more awesome.

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Faced with a legal challenge by conservationists and an imminent hearing before a federal appeals court, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) has abandoned its plan to resume a professional wolf-killing program in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness during the coming winter.

In a sworn statement submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on July 24, 2014, IDFG Wildlife Bureau Chief Jeff Gould stated that IDFG “will not conduct any agency control actions for wolves within the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness before November 1, 2015.” IDFG had previously advised the court that the program could resume as early as December 1, 2014.

A professional hunter-trapper hired by IDFG killed nine wolves in the Frank Church Wilderness last winter and state officials in February announced plans to kill 60 percent of the wolves in the Middle Fork section of the wilderness over a period of several years in an effort to inflate wilderness elk populations for the benefit of commercial outfitters and recreational hunters.

“As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act this September, we are relieved that the Frank Church Wilderness will be managed as a wild place, rather than an elk farm, for at least the coming year,” said Earthjustice attorney Timothy Preso, who is representing conservationists challenging the wilderness wolf-killing program. “Now we must make sure that wilderness values prevail for the long term.”

Earthjustice is representing long-time Idaho conservationist and wilderness advocate Ralph Maughan along with four conservation groups—Defenders of Wildlife, Western Watersheds Project, Wilderness Watch, and the Center for Biological Diversity—in the lawsuit challenging the wolf-killing program. The conservationists argue that the U.S. Forest Service, which is charged by Congress with managing and protecting the Frank Church Wilderness, violated the Wilderness Act and other laws by allowing and assisting the state wolf-killing program in the largest forest wilderness in the lower-48 states.

In a separate sworn statement filed with the Ninth Circuit on July 24, the Forest Service committed to providing the conservationists with notice by August 5, 2015 of any plans by IDFG to resume professional wolf-killing in the Frank Church Wilderness during the 2015–16 winter, as well as “a final determination by the Forest Service as to whether it concurs with or objects to such plans.”

“IDFG’s announcement now gives the Forest Service the chance to play out its mission—its obligation to protect our irreplaceable Frank Church Wilderness for the American people and for all its wildlife against an effort to turn it into a mere elk farming operation on infertile soil,” said Maughan, a retired Idaho State University professor who was a member of the citizens’ group that drew up the boundaries of the Frank Church Wilderness 35 years ago.

“We are pleased to see this truce in Idaho’s wolf reduction efforts in the Frank Church for a full year,” said Suzanne Stone, Defenders’ regional representative who has worked nearly three decades to restore wolves in Idaho. “The Frank Church is both the largest forested wilderness area and a core habitat for gray wolves in the western United States. Wolves belong here as they have made the ‘Frank’ truly wild again. Ensuring healthy wolf populations here is critical for the recovery of wolves throughout the entire northwestern region.”

“It is hard to imagine a decision more inconsistent with wilderness protection than to allow the hired killing of wolves,” added Travis Bruner, executive director of Western Watersheds Project. “Today, some relief for wild places flows from the news that IDFG will not continue that odious operation this year. Next we will see whether the Forest Service will take action to protect the Frank Church Wilderness from such atrocities in the future.”

"It’s time for the Forest Service to stand with the vast majority of the American people by taking the necessary steps to protect wolves in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness for the long-term, not just the next 15 months,” stated George Nickas, executive director of Wilderness Watch. “Wolves are the epitome of wildness.  Their protection is key to preserving the area’s wilderness character.”

“We’re glad Idaho’s wolves are rightly getting a reprieve from the state’s ill-conceived predator-killing plan, at least for a year,” said Amy Atwood, senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. “We’re also happy to see the Forest Service agree to be more transparent about any future decision to allow Idaho to kill wolves in the Frank Church.”
Wolf science is a very active area of inquiry, and lately, there have been many studies coming out about wolves’ social structures and behavior. In order to survive in a dangerous and competitive world, wolves form cooperative groups known as packs. Members of a wolf pack hunt together, rear pups together, and compete against other wolf packs for food and territory. Cooperation benefits all members of a pack and improves their odds of survival.

Wolves naturally develop a hierarchy within their pack, with the most dominant wolves acting as – you guessed it – the “leader of the pack.” While wolves occasionally compete for the top spot in a pack, it is rare for sustained fights to occur within a pack.

Until recently, researchers didn’t fully understand how wolves are able to resolve or eliminate inter-pack conflict, but a new study sheds light on this process. It turns out that wolves have elaborate ways of communicating that help to maintain hierarchy and reinforce relationships among pack mates. For instance, a subordinate wolf might spontaneously lie on its back with its tail tucked between its legs, exposing its stomach and throat to a more dominant wolf. This submissive behavior acknowledges the submissive–dominant relationship between the two individuals, thereby maintaining order and preventing violence among pack mates. This study underscores just how complex and intelligent wolves really are.

While these behaviors help to explain inter-pack dynamics and how submissive behavior can actually be a conflict deterrent in wolf packs, how are conflicts resolved once they occur?

To answer this question, researchers working in Yellowstone observed two packs of free-ranging wolves, the Druid Peak pack and the Blacktail Deer Plateau pack, from 2008 to 2009. The scientists monitored and recorded wolf behaviors following fights and compared these observations to the behaviors of wolves during times with no group conflict. What the researchers found was that after a fight, subordinate wolves would actually attempt to reconcile with their more dominant pack mates. Ever hear of “kiss and make up?” Immediately after a conflict, subordinate wolves will often touch noses and lick their more dominant pack mates. Researchers think that this nose touching behavior is a way of apologizing and asking for forgiveness. It’s their way to resolve a conflict, reduce tension within a group, show respect, and prevent further violence. The more heated the fight, the greater the number of friendly behaviors that followed, including nose touching, licking, body contact, greeting, inspecting, playing, and sniffing.

Why would subordinate wolves want to ‘make amends’ after a fight? It is probably due to the interdependence of the group. Subordinates benefit most by maintaining peaceful relationships with their more dominant pack mates – they need each other in order to survive. Resolving and diffusing the conflict helps to prevent further violence and keeps the group cohesive so that they can work together to hunt and defend territory. This research is yet another example of the remarkable intelligence of wolves, and their complex social structure.
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xSilverSpiritWolfx Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Hi! :wave: I was wondering if I could re-join the group as a member. Thanks :)
anthonyS13 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Student General Artist
Yes, of course :)
xSilverSpiritWolfx Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks! :)
EliaOwl Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Can I submit a pic with an husky but also other animals?
Annlexi Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
anthonyS13 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student General Artist
As long as the husky is the main focus ^^
anthonyS13 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Happy 5th birthday, AoW!
Annlexi Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah !!!!!!!
ilovewerewolfs Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
sorry take off on what i submited sorry again
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