1,200 Miles + 6 adventurers + 1 Wolfto explore human & wolf coexistence
The Wolf OR-7 Expedition retraced the approximate track generated by the GPS collar worn by the Oregon wolf known as Wolf OR-7. This young male grey wolf traversed over 1,200 miles through Oregon and into California, to became the first and only documented free-roaming wolf in California in nearly 90 years, and he is still out there . . .
Our team consisted of a wolf ecologist, a storyteller, a filmmaker, a National Geographic Young Explorer, a logistics coordinator and a wild peace advocate. Our aim was and continues to be about raising awareness of local strategies that make on-the-ground strides toward human and wolf coexistence in the region. Our mission continues as we release educational products and a documentary related to the expedition.
Our generous sponsors Xplore and Sculpt the Future Foundation, as well as the kickstarter community, have helped make this expedition possible. Corporate, Non-Profit and Private Donations can help us further to fund presentations in schools and communities to help spread the word for wolf coexistence.
Have questions? Submit them and we'll try to find an answer! Our quest across Oregon and Northern California is about asking questions — take a few minutes to think of your own and share them at our Education page or via social media.
What does it mean to live with wolves?
Ask ranchers who manage cattle, and you will learn its not easy. Depredation of livestock by wolves can be both traumatic and costly.
Living in a landscape where wolves are making a comeback requires additional and innovative livestock management and research.
Here are some examples of nonlethal tools that can help reduce conflict between livestock and wolves.
Bridging perspectives to understanding:
The return of wolves in Oregon, inspired the 4-H Urban-Rural Natural Resources Exchange program. The program provides youth in Oregon with the opportunity to “walk a mile in the boots” of both urban and rural families, where students gain a deeper understanding of environmental, social and economic perspectives.
It can look like the Cascades Wildlife Citizen ,Monitoring Project, where data gathered is used to identify where to put wildlife overpasses which can help avoid conflict and accidental deaths.
What can coexistence look like?
Follow our progress and learn with us . . .
Wild Peace and Coexistence
As a Wild Peace Alliance project we encourage collaboration between all community members living with the challenges of human-wildlife coexistence. We will be asking ourselves and communities what can human-wolf coexistence look like?
Education with Adventure
We are producing a documentary film, multimedia content and hosting storytelling events to help us all understand wolves better. We are all learning on this adventure and invite you to submit your questions about wolf-human coexistence and engage with us.
Tracking and Research
We will use our experience as ecologists and wildlife trackers to conduct a rough biological survey of wildlife and wildlife habitat along Wolf OR-7’s travel route as we go, using CyberTracker software, we will create a multimedia digital map of the wildlife tracks we encounter.
Ask for opinions on wolves in wolf country and you will hear everything between "this is no place for wolves" to "this is no place for humans." Oregon has shown us that by including a diversity of views at the table collaborative management plans can be effective.