Cascadia Files Petition to Extend Wolf Monitoring


Legal Petition Seeks Extension of Federal Monitoring for Northern Rockies Wolves New Study: Hunting Likely Spurring Harmful Declines in Northern Rocky Wolves   VICTOR, Idaho — Five conservation groups filed a petition today requesting that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continue monitoring northern Rocky Mountain gray wolves for another five years. The existing monitoring … Continue reading Cascadia Files Petition to Extend Wolf Monitoring

Lethal Control of Predators: Of Science, Scapegoats and Icebergs


By Bob Ferris   I have been looking at the issue of lethal predator control for many, many years and the longer I look at it and the more science I read and assimilate, the more convinced I become that lethal control of predators is more punitive than practical.  It is an activity and a … Continue reading Lethal Control of Predators: Of Science, Scapegoats and Icebergs

Help Us Stop Senseless Wolf and Coyote Killing Contests


  Dear Cascadia Wildlands Supporter:   Cascadia Wildlands needs your support in our fight against predator killing contests. (click here)   Predator killing contests—like the one pictured above—are not hunting.  They are cruel undertakings that perpetuate long-disproven myths about wolves and coyotes.  In truth, they keep alive a form of animal bigotry that should have … Continue reading Help Us Stop Senseless Wolf and Coyote Killing Contests

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

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