Seasons Greetings, friends and supporters!
Like many of you, we were shocked and saddened by the killing of Spitfire just steps outside of Yellowstone National Park. These wolves - like our grizzlies - are loved by people from across the globe. Literally millions of people would rather see these lobos alive, and every year they flock to our corner of the world with hopes of encountering one in the wild. And then there are the mere handful of people who would rather kill a wolf for sport.
The importance of predators on the landscape was further reinforced by the discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease in Grand Teton National Park. As one of our only defenses against the grave impact of this always-fatal disease, wolves are potentially the best hope that our elk and deer herds have against decimation.
The bottom line is this:
Wolves are worth infinitely more alive than dead. It's high time that management evolved to reflect the values of the many, not the trophy-hunting few.
As always, we are profoundly grateful. Without your support, our work wouldn't be possible. In honor of Spitfire, we wish you and your pack a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.
Melissa P. Thomasma