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  • “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 […]
  • The Story of Wolf B-300: Mother of Wolf OR-7 & Oregon’s First Wolf Resident

    The Story of Wolf B-300: Mother of Wolf OR-7 & Oregon’s First Wolf Resident

    Our expedition’s central character, Oregon’s famous wandering Wolf OR-7, was not the first of his lineage to have an epic tale of interstate dispersal. Before Wolf OR-7, the story of wolves returning to Oregon featured his mother, a female wolf known as B-300. She was born in central Idaho to the Timberline pack, descendants of the gray wolves translocated […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • To Walk in the Wake of a Wolf – Poem

    To Walk in the Wake of a Wolf – Poem

    I wrote this just before crossing the California border back into Oregon again. It is dedicated to my team members: Rachael, David, Daniel, Jay, Michelle, and Wolf OR-7. To walk in the wake of a wolf is to walk into the silence of stealth and the feast of fearlessness, it is to fight for yourself and […]
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