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

OR-07 Likely Finds Mate and Has Probable Pups?


By Bob Ferris   We just got news from Russ Morgan at Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife that Wolf OR-7 (pictured at right), or Journey, has likely found a mate (below left) this season and has probable pups.  He had been looking for love in all the wrong places but now he seems to have found his alpha—a beautiful … Continue reading OR-07 Likely Finds Mate and Has Probable Pups?

Going Wolfy on the Weekend


By Bob Ferris   Last weekend I went “wolfy.”  Portland-based Artist Vanessa Renwick invited me to come to some wolf events and view her “Hunting Requires Optimism” installation at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art here in Eugene.  It was in bike riding distance so my wife and I ventured out in the drizzle.  And … Continue reading Going Wolfy on the Weekend

Where’s the science? Fish and Wildlife Service must rewrite proposal to strip endangered species protections from gray wolves (an excerpt)


By Paul Paquet and Bob Ferris  Special to the Mercury News   Silicon Valley embraces science and loves innovation. Sadly, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recently shown contempt for both when it comes to the recovery of gray wolves — particularly in the wilds of Northern California where a lone wolf recently visited for … Continue reading Where’s the science? Fish and Wildlife Service must rewrite proposal to strip endangered species protections from gray wolves (an excerpt)

Updating Roosevelt: Teddy and the Wolves


By Bob Ferris   I have frequently observed that some of the folks who wrap themselves most tightly in the American flag are those who take some of the most un-American actions.  I think the same is true about those who worship Teddy Roosevelt without really understanding historical context, what he actually stood for, and … Continue reading Updating Roosevelt: Teddy and the Wolves

Time to Throw a Science Penalty Flag at Idaho


By Bob Ferris   As a scientist there are times that I wish that science had a “penalty flag” much like the ones we see in professional football.  Big, weighted rags thrown when things simply get out of hand in big, visible ways or in subtle but significant ways.    Then I would be able … Continue reading Time to Throw a Science Penalty Flag at Idaho

Press Release: Peer Review Questions Obama Proposal to Strip Protections for Wolves


For immediate release February 7, 2014   Contact: Bob Ferris, Executive Director, 805.452.4900               Josh Laughlin, Campaign Director, 541.844.8182      A scientific peer review released today greatly questions the science behind the Obama administration’s proposal to strip protections for gray wolves across nearly all of the lower 48 states. The report was initiated … Continue reading Press Release: Peer Review Questions Obama Proposal to Strip Protections for Wolves

BREAKING NEWS: Peer Reviewers Find Fault with USFWS Science on Wolf Delisting–comment period reopens


The US Fish and Wildlife Service just release the following press statement about the independent Peer review (see link at bottom of page):   Service Reopens Comment Period on Wolf Proposal Independent scientific peer review report available for public review   Following receipt of an independent scientific peer review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS: Peer Reviewers Find Fault with USFWS Science on Wolf Delisting–comment period reopens

Besmirching the Wolf and Roosevelt’s Ghost


By Bob Ferris    “We’re continuing to see an alarming trend in Western wildlife management. I am calling it the “Predator Death Spiral.” The underlying cause of this phenomina [sic] is when a wildlife agency attempts to hide or “pad” their big game population estimates when over predation begins to take hold. This in turn … Continue reading Besmirching the Wolf and Roosevelt’s Ghost