BEING WITH WOLVES and the U.S.WOLF REFUGE JOIN EFFORTS AT UC DAVIS CONFERENCE
Jeanne Chinn of Being With Wolves and Bill Chamberlain of the U.S. Wolf Refuge came together at the Wildlife Conservation Network Expo this past October. Their mutual passions and objectives caused them to consider joining forces. Much of the wolf’s strength comes from the pack’s teamwork. An old wolf proverb says:
The strength of the wolf comes from the pack
And the strength of the pack comes from the wolf
The partnering of these two organizations is intended to utilize this philosophy by creating unity and synergy to reach their mutual objectives – to make everyone’s perception of the wolf more realistic, science-based and objective and to ensure the wolf returns permanently to its rightful place in a healthy ecosystem.
These two pioneers recently came together again at a Connectivity Forum at the David Brower Center next to the campus of the Univ. of CA Berkeley. This forum was put on by U.C Davis Road Ecology Center and the Felidae Conservation Fund. Jeanne Chinn was invited to speak about wolves and the connectivity issues that may occur as wolves migrate into California from surrounding states. Her lecture was well received..
The wolf is one of the most misunderstood animals in nature, and probably the most controversial. Most people’s opinions about the wolf are based on emotion and misinformation. In an effort to educate the public about all aspects of this remarkable creature, these two groups are joining forces to convey the real truth about wolves to as many people as they can reach.
At a recent meeting Bill Chamberlain met with Doug Smith (the lead biologist of the Yellowstone Wolf Recovery Project) and they discussed how this can be done most effectively. They agreed that many people’s feelings toward the wolf are entrenched in beliefs that are generations old, and to have those beliefs contradicted by science and verifiable facts is hard for many to accept. Because of this it will probably take generations to diminish this anti-wolf sentiment. On the other side of the issue, those who love and revere the wolf must accept the fact that the wolf is simply an essential part of wildlife that has a place and a purpose.
The delisting of the wolf from the Federal Endangered Species List has been most controversial. Based on the numbers of wolves in the Northern Rockies Region, it is felt by those who understand the reality of the wolf’s presence that the delisting was an appropriate action. However, turning wolf management over to the individual states is proving to be questionable. The state’s culling numbers and wolf hunting permits are seen as excessive, and there is no consistency in the state’s wolf management strategies
As these two groups progress in their education and public media activities, we will keep you informed of their successes and obstacles. As with virtually all charities in today’s difficult economy, funding is a major obstacle. All donations of any size are greatly appreciated. Your contribution will be used solely for the advancement of the goal to:
- Return the wolf to its rightful place within our ecology
- Protect and promote the welfare of wolves across North America