protecting Wolves

from the world’s most dangerous predator⸺humans

I have been passionate about wolves ever since I was a kid. I read the book, “Never Cry Wolf,” by the late Canadian author Farley Mowat. I realized that things are not always as they seem in nature and that the interplay between the elements is often not realized until something is removed. In Canada’s arctic, the wolf kept the caribou herd strong by killing off the old and the weak.

In Yellowstone, the removal of wolves led to an unchecked elk population that ate all the trees and eventually led to unexpected consequences like riverbank erosion. The restoration of wolves transplanted from Canada in the 90s reversed this environmental damage.

The endangered species act was passed in 1973, but Wolves need our protection now more than ever. Managing wolves, in the US in the last decade, has become unfairly politicized. Wolves are no longer hunted in the traditional sense but slaughtered en masse in an attempt to hurt the other side of the debate using military-style weapons, poison bait, dogs, GPS, snares, and helicopters.

Other than coyotes, there is perhaps no other animal as irrationally vilified as the wolf. The animal from which the modern dog evolved is, ironically, nature’s underdog.

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Gray wolf stalking prey in the praire grass as snow falls.

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Lethal methods of wolf control are common practice. Science is showing this approach to be ineffective. So what are nonlethal wolf control methods that work?
Two Caribou looking at the camera while standing on a snow covered field.

Are Wolves a Threat to Yukon Caribou?

Caribou herd recovery has been a concern in parts of the Yukon. A recent study asked are wolves a threat to Yukon caribou? Early results suggest not.
Red Wolf Portrait

American Wolf – Are Red Wolves Extinct Again?

Red Wolves are truly American – found only in the USA. They went extinct in the 1980s. Captive wolves briefly brought them back but are Red Wolves extinct again?
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Did an Oregon Wolf make it to Los Angeles, California?

In 2019, an extraordinary wolf, OR-93, was born near Mt. Hood, Oregon. He embarked on an epic journey taking him places no wolf had been in hundreds of years.

Was the Recently Found Frozen Wolf a Dire Wolf?

A recently found 57,000-year-old wolf has been analyzed using x-ray and DNA. Was this frozen wolf a dire wolf or a species of wolves from the ice age?
Two Wolves licking each others lips.

Where Do Wolves Live in BC?

Where do wolves live in BC? They are found across the province and face threat from an ineffective culling program aimed at protecting declining caribou herds.
close up of a Red Fox

Are Wolves and Foxes Enemies?

Although they sometimes compete for the same food, and wolves may sometimes kill a fox, that does not necessarily mean wolves and foxes are mortal enemies.
Japanese Wolf stuffed in a Museum

Japanese Wolf – Dogs Closest Cousin?

New research suggests that Japanese Wolves might be dogs’ closest relatives. No other wolf breed shares as much DNA with modern dog breeds.
wolves running in the snow

Wisconsin DNR-Wolf Hunt Scaled Back

In defiance of its own board members, administrators at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources have scaled back the second 2021 wolf hunt scheduled for November.
Female Gray Wolf

Colorado Wolf Reintroduction – Not Gaining Ground?

Colorado is poised to implement a wolf reintroduction program in the next couple of years. Most of the western United States wolves are located in the Northern Rockies.