Encounters

  • 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, […]
  • 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 […]
  • Cascade-Siskiyou Biodiversity Hotspot

    Cascade-Siskiyou Biodiversity Hotspot

    The final two days of the expedition saw our team walking once more from California into the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument in Oregon. It was immediately apparent that we were in a rich bio-diverse region. The pine forests gave way to mixed pine, oak and a vast array of flowering plants. The rolling hills covered […]
  • Meeting the Pacific Wolf Coalition

    Meeting the Pacific Wolf Coalition

    Devil’s Gate Ranch is a different kind of ranch in California encompassing Orr Mountain where it is believed Wolf OR-7 crossed on his way back to the border with Oregon, owned by Loch Jones and Sara Rose-Jones, whose history with the land stretches back many generations.. Today they are exploring how to support both cattle […]
  • Encounter: Loch Jones & Sarah Rose

    Encounter: Loch Jones & Sarah Rose

    Loch and Sarah generously hosted a gathering for our team and the Pacific Wolf Coalition on their beautiful Devil’s Gate Ranch in Siskiyou County, California. We were very fortunate to have connected with them. Wolf OR-7 likely crossed right through Loch and Sarah’s ranch along Butte Creek, which prompted Loch to begin researching what wolf recovery could […]
  • Lassen County and the Sojourns of Wolf OR-7

    Lassen County and the Sojourns of Wolf OR-7

    For a number of months in 2012 Wolf OR-7 called the open fields and lava beds of Lassen County home. During his stay he moved extensively amongst cow fields and forest cover, drawing huge circles on the map that tracked his GPS position. We entered Lassen County on a hot Sunday afternoon, cycling through small […]
  • Encounter: Hans, Bike Maestro

    Encounter: Hans, Bike Maestro

    Hans is our Bike Maestro volunteer with a lifetime of bike touring and adventures under his belt and many years of involvement with the bicycle advocacy across the USA, including serving as the former Board Chair for the League of American Bicyclists. His invaluable support comes in a myriad of ways and we are excited to have […]
  • 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 […]
  • Encounter: Mosquito madness on the Pacific Crest Trail (VIDEO)

    Encounter: Mosquito madness on the Pacific Crest Trail (VIDEO)

    Moments like this make you question why mosquitos exist. Or why in these modern days, we allow them to exist. It was an interesting reflection considering that we are on an expedition centered around the story of another animal sometimes equally despised. And while the arguments in defense of mosquitos may be few, they may […]
  • Encounter: Mac and Karin

    Encounter: Mac and Karin

    Mac and Karin donated their time and resources to support the expedition. Two life-long students of the natural world, this retired couple splits their time between the deserts of southern California and the rain soaked British Columbia coast and met David Moskowitz through their interest in wildlife tracking. Along with logistical support they blessed our […]
  • Encounter: Lee and Peggie

    Encounter: Lee and Peggie

    Lee is a lifelong cowboy with a long family history in Oregon. He raises Kobe Beef and also farms hay outside of Sisters, Oregon. Our team met up with Lee at a presentation about “Wolves in the Land of Samon“ by David Moskowitz. Our brief conversation after the event made us eager to hear more […]
  • Encounter: Elissa and Lula

    Encounter: Elissa and Lula

    Elissa, a freelance writer and artist, joined us around the campfire to talk about her time volunteering at a Winter Wolf Study conducted by Doug Smith, a Senior Wildlife Biologis at Yellowstone National Park. Winter was the best time to study the Yellowstone wolves because wolves are easier to spot and follow in snow. But […]
  • Encounter: Peter, the writer/podcaster

    Encounter: Peter, the writer/podcaster

    Peter, a bike enthusiast and freelance journalist, approached our expedition team excited to pen an article and record some materials for his podcast. Conversations with him and our team have been fascinating and diverse – from de-extinction to trophic cascades. He has certainly been doing his homework researching this story and we’ve enjoyed having him […]
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