Billboard Will Be Up for the Summer Season
Our latest installment of billboards focuses on wolves and their struggles in Wyoming. Chances of survival are slim for most wolves in Wyoming, including pups. Twelve wolf pups were killed in last year's hunting season and four more were killed in the predatory zone. Mostly pups were taken in the extended hunting season during the month of September. Wyoming allows the unrestricted killing of wolves in 85% of the state where wolves are classified as "predators." There are no ethical hunting standards, no age restrictions, and no limits as to how many can be killed. Wolves are being born in Wyoming only to be killed by hunting or because of livestock conflicts. The state is setting up a conveyor belt of wolves so that trophy hunters can have a "recreational opportunity" to kill them.

Only 70 individual livestock, out of over a million and a half animals, were killed by wolves last year. Numerous studies and successful practices by many livestock producers throughout the West have shown that non-lethal coexistence techniques are more effective at preventing livestock losses than lethal control. The state of Wyoming should be spending time and resources educating ranchers on how to use non-lethal measures to prevent livestock losses.

Wyoming has a very real and present crisis in the increase in chronic wasting disease prevalence. Many disease and wildlife management experts are calling for wolves and other predators like mountain lions to be part of the solution to the spread of disease. We are killing off our wolves when we should be promoting healthy, robust populations of predators to help combat disease in our ungulate herds. Wolves are our best allies against chronic wasting disease. The state should be treating them as such. Outdated cultural hatred and the era of seeing carnivores as pests to be eradicated is over. It's time for the archaic and unscientific management policies that Wyoming employs to cease. Our wolves are allies, not enemies.

The billboard will be up throughout the summer tourist season to let visitors know that even though they value wolves and have traveled far to see them, Wyoming sees things differently.

Kristin Combs
Executive Director
Saturday, August 24 at the Center for the Arts
An Evening With Our Ally: The Wolf
Saturday, August 24 will be our first ever annual fundraising event featuring wolves! The night will include two film showings, a live painting demonstration (by talented artist Shannon Marie Schacht - wolf image at left), a raffle and silent auction for amazing art, informational displays on wolf biology, and more. You won't want to miss this event which is the first of its kind in Wyoming and promises to be a night of fun, celebration, learning, and of course, wolves! More details to come soon.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has assembled a CWD working group to make recommendations to the Department about updates to the state's chronic wasting disease management plan. We attended a meeting in Pinedale to learn more about what's being proposed and to offer comments on the importance of predators to help lower the prevalence of CWD. We will be submitting written comments and will post them as soon as they are complete.

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) meets tomorrow, June 25 in Missoula . On the agenda is a discussion from each of the recovery regions on the reduction of grizzly bear mortalities in each region. Already in 2019 six bears have been killed in the Yellowstone Ecosystem from human conflicts and three more have been killed from vehicle strikes. Tricia O'Connor, Supervisor for the Bridger-Teton National Forest will be representing the Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee (YES) and presenting their action priorities for reducing grizzly bear mortalities. We are part of a coalition of organizations pushing the IGBC to update the recovery plan and take decisive action on reducing the number of dead grizzly bears. We will keep you updated on actions taken by the IGBC and YES, and any chances to speak for grizzlies.
Wildlife advocacy starts with our youth. Educating the next generation is of utmost importance if we want to foster a love and appreciation for well-balanced, healthy ecosystems in the citizens of the future. On June 7, we met up with a group of students from Colorado Springs on an educational adventure to Grand Teton National Park to educate them about some of the threats our wildlife is facing and what we are doing about it.

We are also a partner organization for the Youth Ambassadors for Wilderness and will be participating and teaching them what it means to be an advocate for a cause you care about. The students will learn about current wildlife issues, coexistence methods being employed by ranchers, and how photography and film making can be a powerful form of advocacy. Thanks to Wyoming Wilderness Association for inviting us to partner and to be involved with these inspiring young adults.
Wolf Photo Contest Winners
Congratulations to Jessica Hadley for submitting the winning photo in our wolf photo contest. This is a stunning image of 755M from Yellowstone.
Bart Webb won 2nd place with this intriguing photo of the struggles of life and death in Yellowstone between predator and prey.
Jason Pazo won 3rd place with his photo of Spitfire. We continue to fight for her legacy and appreciate the ability of photos to help tell her story.
Pizza for a Purpose Benefits WWA on July 23!

Make sure to save the date for July 23 for Pizza for the Pack! A portion of the proceeds of pizza sales for this night will be donated to WWA to help us in our fight to save Wyoming's wildlife.

Bring your family and friends, enjoy a slice or two, learn about wildlife issues, and have a chance to speak up for our wildlife.
This month's book recommendation
Recently Dr. Tim Lehman, professor of history and political science at Rocky Mountain College, came to speak at the Jackson Hole Historical Society on the history of wolves and people in North America. Dr. Lehman recommends reading Vicious by Jon Coleman that outlines the brutality that has been shown toward wolves since the late 19th Century and throughout the 20th Century until our relationship changed and has now become one of protection and reverence. Understanding where we've come from is an important step to moving forward and not repeating the mistakes of the past.
"Vicious deserves a wide audience. The storytelling is superb, the analysis fascinating, and the descriptions of both science and folklore bring clarity and life to what can be technical and arcane. Coleman even adds a dash of humor to the mix, making this the sort of book that undergraduates and general readers will appreciate. Coleman asks exactly the right questions, frames his answers with the right mix of historical evidence, wolf ecology, and traditional folklore, and suggests much about the sources of our cruelty and kindness towards predatory animals."

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