California Needs to Get Off the Dime on Wolves


By Bob Ferris   Now that we have had time to get our elation at least a little under control, there are a lot of implications and questions that should come out of this situation with OR-7, Wanda (our name for the wandering wolf that has likely become OR-7’s mate) and the potential pups in … Continue reading California Needs to Get Off the Dime on Wolves

Journey and Wandering Wanda—A love story two plus decades in the making


By Bob Ferris   June 1st marks my twentieth year as a professional advocate for wolf recovery and roughly thirty years as a professional wildlife biologist. This is not a big deal as nearly everyone eventually is somewhere for a long time, but it does give me one very important advantage: Perspective.  In other words, … Continue reading Journey and Wandering Wanda—A love story two plus decades in the making

The wolf known as “OR-7” appears to have found a home


By Geoff Norcross OPB September 9, 2013   The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says the wandering gray wolf (click on wolf picture to hear audio report) has spent the summer in Southeast Jackson County and Southwest Klamath County.   “What that tells you is, I think, he’s found some good habitat,” says Michelle Dennehy, … Continue reading The wolf known as “OR-7” appears to have found a home

On Becoming a Wolf Activist—Do the wolf waltz


By Bob Ferris “Silence in the face of injustice is complicity with the oppressor.” Ginetta Sagan   The title of a recent opinion piece in a Utah paper nailed it: Making War on Wolves.  Because what we are seeing out there is truly a war waged on a wildlife species. And like with most wars … Continue reading On Becoming a Wolf Activist—Do the wolf waltz

USFWS Draft Wolf Delisting Rule Exit Strategy not Recovery Plan


Statement of Cascadia Wildlands:   We are exceedingly disappointed in the Obama Administration, Department of Interior and US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for abandoning science and the intent of the Endangered Species Act in their draft delisting proposal of the gray wolf in the lower 48 states. The USFWS's pandering to the livestock lobby … Continue reading USFWS Draft Wolf Delisting Rule Exit Strategy not Recovery Plan

NYT: After Years of Progress, a Setback in Saving the Wolf


By Verlyn Klinkenborg June 1, 2013 The 1973 Endangered Species Act provides federal protection — breathing space, in a very real sense — to plants and animals threatened with extinction. Had this task been left to the states alone, almost none of the species that have returned to health would have done so. But the … Continue reading NYT: After Years of Progress, a Setback in Saving the Wolf

U.S. plans to drop gray wolves from endangered list


  U.S. plans to drop gray wolves from endangered list The planned ruling would eliminate protection for the top predators, but scientists and conservationists say the proposal is flawed.   By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times April 25, 2013, 6:20 p.m.   Federal authorities intend to remove endangered species protections for all gray wolves in … Continue reading U.S. plans to drop gray wolves from endangered list

Congress Members Seek Continued Wolf Protections


Peter DeFazio » Congress members seek continued wolf protections Associated Press By John Flesher Mar. 5, 2013    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Dozens of U.S. House members urged federal regulators Tuesday to retain legal protections for gray wolves across most of the lower 48 states, saying the resilient predator could continue expanding its range … Continue reading Congress Members Seek Continued Wolf Protections

USFWS Catch 22: Embrace Flawed and Dated Science or Do the Right Thing for Wolves


By Bob Ferris   Catch-22 (Logic)   A catch-22 is a paradoxical situation in which an individual cannot or is incapable of avoiding a problem because of contradictory constraints or rules.  Wikipedia   In Joseph Heller’s classic book Catch 22 the protagonist was caught between the horns of a dilemma.  He, Captain John Yossarian, was … Continue reading USFWS Catch 22: Embrace Flawed and Dated Science or Do the Right Thing for Wolves