Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

  • News
  • Published:

Scientists clash over wolves' endangered status

Legal and academic wrangling sees biologists accused of "crying wolf".

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Buy this article

Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout


  1. Leonard, J. A. & Wayne, R. K. Biol. Lett. 4, 95–98 (2008).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  2. Mech, L. D. Biol. Lett. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2008.0440 (2008).

  3. Leonard, J. A. & Wayne, R. K. Biol. Lett. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2008.0533 (2008).

Download references


Related links

Related links

Related links in Nature Research

Dances with wolves

Mitochondrial DNA analysis implying extensive hybridization of the endangered red wolf Canis rufus

Related external links

US Fish and Wildlife Service: Wolf recovery facts

US Fish and Wildlife Service: Wolf biologue

Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Cressey, D. Scientists clash over wolves' endangered status. Nature (2008).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • DOI:


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing