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  • Human-Human Coexistence

    Human-Human Coexistence

    “Since human tolerance has been and remains the primary limiting factor for wolf survival, building tolerance for this species will require acceptance of the Plan’s approach to addressing wolf conservation and human conflict.” – Oregon Wolf Management Plan In June of 2014, 6 humans completed a nearly 1,200-mile trek from Northeast Oregon into Northern California […]
  • Comment Period for Oregon Wolf Delisting Extended to October, November

    Comment Period for Oregon Wolf Delisting Extended to October, November

    Background: As of December, 2014 there were 77 confirmed wolves in Oregon including 8 breeding pairs. The Oregon Wolf Plan calls for initiating a process to delist wolves from the state Endangered Species Act when Oregon reaches the conservation objective of four breeding pairs for three consecutive years in eastern Oregon. A breeding pair is […]
  • Encounter: Inga Thompson, Rancher and 3-time Olympic Cyclist

    Encounter: Inga Thompson, Rancher and 3-time Olympic Cyclist

    We met Inga Thompson on a snowy day on her ranch in Halfway, OR where she invited us out on a horse-drawn sled to add hay to her cow’s grass-fed diets. When I first contacted Inga, she mentioned that she enjoyed rural living in part because of the wildlife but she hadn’t seen wolves in […]
  • Encounter: Todd Nash, Oregon Cattlemen’s Association

    Encounter: Todd Nash, Oregon Cattlemen’s Association

    We met Todd for a hearty breakfast at the Cheyenne Cafe in Joseph, OR. He moved to Wallowa County at a young age from California, where his father worked at UC Davis. Ever since raising his first calf as a kid, Todd knew he wanted to be a cowboy. He worked on other’s ranches, and […]
  • Encounter: Ramon Alonso, Lifelong Hunter

    Encounter: Ramon Alonso, Lifelong Hunter

    Ramon grew in Springfield, Oregon and has been hunting and fishing with his brother since he was a teenager. He trains year round, running for miles to stay fit enough to spend the hunting season tracking elk, bear and deer in Oregon’s wild areas. Ramon met us at the Northwest Outward Bound School in Redmond, […]
  • “What Can I Do?”:  The Inspiration Behind the Wolf OR-7 Expedition

    “What Can I Do?”: The Inspiration Behind the Wolf OR-7 Expedition

    To this day, I wonder how I happened to stumble upon the harebrained idea of retracing the dispersal route of a wolf. Before the Wolf OR-7 Expedition, I knew little about wolves. With a background in conservation research, restoration and education, I have long been interested in the interface between civilization and wilderness, an interface […]
  • Jon Young on Education and Nature Connection for the Wolf OR-7 Expedition

    Jon Young on Education and Nature Connection for the Wolf OR-7 Expedition

    Surrounded by wild nature, it doesn’t take long for something to shift inside me. It’s as if the cares of society become hushed, and my senses expand into the present moment. It feels good, and it’s addictive. It’s why despite mosquitoes, rattlesnakes, or freezing temperatures I return time after time to camp, sit or walk […]
  • TALES: Thinking Like a Mountain by Aldo Leopold

    TALES: Thinking Like a Mountain by Aldo Leopold

    A chapter from Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac, 1949 Image: United States Forest Service   A deep chesty bawl echoes from rimrock to rimrock, rolls down the mountain, and fades into the far blackness of the night. It is an outburst of wild defiant sorrow, and of contempt for all the adversities of the […]
  • TALES: St. Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio

    TALES: St. Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio

    Retold by: Rachael Pecore-Valdez, Image: Francis leading the wolf to Gubbio (Henry Justice Ford, 1912) If you were to travel today, along the narrow streets of the village of Gubbio, in Italy, you might venture across a monument commemorating an event in 12th century Gubbio, where St. Francis of Assisi once met a gray wolf. Francis, […]
  • Reflection: Wolves in the 21st Century

    Reflection: Wolves in the 21st Century

    The Wolf OR-7 Expedition team retraced Wolf OR-7’s dispersal route from NE Oregon into California to explore the challenges facing a wolf in the 21st century. As part of the team, I walked and cycled across mountain wilderness, public rangelands and busy highways and wondered how the region has changed since my great, great grandfather […]
  • Wildlife Tracking as a Tool for Wild Peace

    Wildlife Tracking as a Tool for Wild Peace

    From our bicycles, we could see the disturbance left by the large paws of a bear on the dirt road beneath our tires. I stepped off my bike to get a closer look. The bear was walking in the same direction we were riding. Bear tracks at a glance look remarkably human, this bear’s feet […]
  • Stereotyped

    Stereotyped

    We did it too. We set out to meet with “ranchers,” “hunters,” “environmentalists,” “biologists” and “tribal members” and found that everyone we encountered identified with two or more of these titles. We met biologists who hunt deer and elk, ranchers who protect wildlife, environmentalists who grew up on cattle ranches, and tribal wildlife managers who […]
  • Common Ground

    Common Ground

    Our expedition set out to explore wolf country from Wallowa County to Lassen County on Wolf OR-7’s heels with our own two feet. We were duly warned that the subject of wolves in the Northwest is so polarized that both anti-wolf and pro-wolf camps have received offensive threats from the other. We questioned our own […]
  • Bordering Home

    Bordering Home

    Riding west towards Iron Gate Reservoir on the Klamath River along the CA / OR border, Dave Moskowitz stopped us mid-track and asked which side of the border we thought we were on. I really couldn’t say, there was no difference between the dry oak savannah to the South and the dry oak savannah to […]
  • Rollercoaster of Smells (AUDIO)

    Rollercoaster of Smells (AUDIO)

    A brief profile of smells as told by a human along the route of Wolf OR-7. Cycling and walking from high elevation fir forests, down through dense pines packed with spring flowers and further down into sagebrush deserts affords a rich palette of smells, even for the dinky human nose as compared to a wolf’s […]
  • Of Mosquitoes and Men

    Of Mosquitoes and Men

    “The most spectacular trait of wolves, however, is the most controversial: like man himself, wolves must sacrifice other creatures in order that they themselves might survive.” – L. David Mech, “The Wolf” In the face of a full-scale mosquito assault, my strongest defense wasn’t the additional shirt hastily tied around my head or the mud […]
  • Gravel

    Gravel

    Not all gravel is the same. Cycling 50 miles a day on backcountry gravel roads gives one a taste of the diversity of gravel. Road geology changes as frequently as spring weather in the northwest, and gravel comes in all shades of gray, rusted orange, cinnamon and even purple. There’s the fishtailing in sand type […]
  • Wolf Pups!

    Wolf Pups!

    The news that Wolf OR-7 is the father of the first wolf pack in southern Oregon in over 60 years, to me speaks to the very real possibility that within my lifetime we may see wolves as far west as the Pacific Coast. My hope is that Wolf OR-7’s new pack may spark conversations about […]
  • It All Began with a Collar

    It All Began with a Collar

    Our expedition, and all that we know about Wolf OR-7, stems from the GPS collar that Wolf OR-7 was fitted with one cold day in February of 2011. The day was 13 below zero, recounts Russ Morgan, the Wolf Program Coordinator for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) in an interview with the Wolf […]
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