Tag - wolves



Specimen M831 stored at the National Museum of Nature and Science’s Tsukuba Research Departments in Ibaraki Prefecture
Feb 22, 2024
How a 13-year-old discovered a possible Japanese wolf specimen
A new paper by Hinako Komori and two academics says a specimen she found could be one of two Japanese wolves kept at Ueno Zoo in the late 19th century.
A pair of wolves carved from wood exhibited at Mitsumine Shrine’s museum in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture
ENVIRONMENT / Wildlife / Longform
Dec 15, 2023
In praise of wolves
Premodern Japan's reverence of wolves mirrors its close bond with nature, a state eventually disrupted by the ecological impact of industrialization.
This undated handout photo provided by the Michigan Technological University shows a M93, "Old Gray Guy," the larger and lighter colored wolf in the front and center.
Sep 1, 2023
How a lone 'immigrant' wolf revived a forest ecosystem
By the 1980s, the wolves were in trouble due to the arrival of canine parvovirus which drove their numbers down from a high of 50 to around 12.
Sheep rest under a starry night in Pontimia Pasture in the Swiss Alps.
Aug 25, 2023
Crying wolf to save livestock and their predator
Preservation groups have hailed the return of wolves, seeing it as a sign of a healthier ecosystem. But breeders decry soaring attacks on livestock.
Japan Times
Aug 19, 2021
‘Last of the Wolves’: A sequel with just as much bite as the first
The follow-up to Kazuya Shiraishi's “The Blood of Wolves” features emotionally raw and poignant moments in the middle of violent gang power struggles.
Japan Times
LIFE / Longform
Jul 10, 2021
In search of Japan's lost wolves: Enduring legacy
In the final chapter of our five-part series, we look at how the mythos and mystery of the wolf continue to captivate and inspire.
Japan Times
LIFE / Longform
Jul 9, 2021
In search of Japan's lost wolves: Territorial threat
Industrialization and deforestation played a part in the Japanese wolf's supposed demise in the early 20th century. More than 100 years later, the ecological crisis is still with us.
Japan Times
LIFE / Longform
Jul 8, 2021
In search of Japan's lost wolves: Zoological mystery
The true identity of the Japanese wolf has attracted much research, and yet the elusive carnivore remains one of Japan's greatest zoological mysteries.
Japan Times
LIFE / Longform
Jul 7, 2021
In search of Japan's lost wolves: Chance encounter
Hiroshi Yagi has devoted most of his life trying to prove the existence of the Japanese wolf, a saga that began with a series of piercing howls he heard more than half a century ago.
Japan Times
LIFE / Longform
Jul 6, 2021
In search of Japan's lost wolves: Primal howl
In the first installation of a five-part series, we track a four-legged enigma that some believe might still be roaming the nation's mountains and forests.
Japan Times
Sep 13, 2019
Debate over Japan's extinct wolf grows
An unidentified animal howl recorded in the Okuchichibu mountains bears a strong resemblance to a wolf howl, according to an analysis of audio samples provided by Hiroshi Yagi, an independent researcher who has been working to prove the existence of the officially extinct Japanese wolf.
Japan Times
Jun 25, 2019
In defense of the not-so-cute animals
Understanding how 'puppy dog eyes' are manipulating us shouldn't make us love our pets less. But give wolves a chance.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 14, 2019
Russia uncovers 40,000-year-old wolf head preserved in Siberian ice
About 40,000 years ago, a wolf died in what we know as Siberia. Now its severed head has been found, and because of the freezing conditions, it is so well preserved that its fur, teeth, brain and facial tissue are largely intact.
Japan Times
May 25, 2019
In search of Japan's extinct wolves: Sightings of a mysterious canine in Chichibu have been captivating animal enthusiasts
It was around 3 p.m. on a chilly day in December. The sky was overcast and the scent of rain hung in the air when Rina Kambayashi happened upon a creature she had never seen before. Opening the front door to her family's gracefully weathered 150-year-old traditional wooden house, Kambayashi stepped out...
Apr 5, 2019
Why 5,000 gray wolves in America are far better than none
The Trump administration has decided that they are no longer endangered. Does that decision endanger the species?
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 4, 2019
Germany wants looser rules on shooting wolves
Germany's agriculture minister wants to loosen restrictions on shooting wolves to reduce a growing population that threatens sheep and goats.
Japan Times
Mar 5, 2017
Sunwolves lose to Southern Kings despite improved play
The Sunwolves put in a much-improved performance on Saturday but it still wasn't enough against the Southern Kings of South Africa, with the visitors winning 37-23 in Singapore.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Jan 31, 2015
Call to arms: Hunters dwindle as animal numbers explode
Asians who crossed land bridges into today's Ryukyu Islands more than 30,000 years ago encountered plenty of game. In addition to deer and boar, they hunted elephant and steppe bison until the larger mammals were hunted to extinction in Japan about 17,000 years ago.


Things may look perfect to the outside world, but today's mom is fine with some imperfection at home.
How 'Reiwa moms' are reshaping motherhood in Japan