Did you see the recent article about wolves that went out on Associated Press this past week? The rather depressing article made it ultimately clear why educational organizations like Wolf Park remain so important as wolf recovery continues. (By Matthew Brown, The Associated Press, September 5, 2010. Our local paper has it posted, the Journal and Courier in Lafayette Indiana at http://www.jconline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2010100905007)
Old attitudes persist towards wolves, and despite our efforts, louder voices can prevail. To help change minds we need to educate more people about the realities of wolves on the ground. Yes, wolves are predators, and yes they will attack livestock at times. But the amount of damage done by wolves when looked at from the bigger picture, such as when compared to other predators, and other causes of death, is still remarkably small. We need voices of reason who will speak up on behalf of wolves. Wolf management should be based on sound science, not on fear and misinformation. These voices of reason come from our members, our visitors, our interns who come here in college and move on in their lives with a sound basis of knowledge about wolves and their impacts on ecosystems.
I will once more toot our own horn– Dr. Doug Smith, leader of the wolf project in Yellowstone National Park, got his start with wolves right here at Wolf Park, and has gone on to do immense amounts of good for the species.
The Walk for Wolves is coming up in just a few weeks, and we need you to support this important Wolf Park fundraiser. There are so many ways you can be involved in this Walk, and funny enough most of them do not actually include walking. The Walk for Wolves is about supporting Wolf Park’s mission. We need your help to continue doing our programs which educate the public about wolves and why wildlife and wild areas are important and should be protected.
As wolves begin to recover, discussions about where we want wolves to live, how many wolves are welcome in our country, and how to manage them will be discussed, wrestled with and voted on. Please help us continue our efforts to contribute to this important conversation.