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History of the Pacific Wolf Coalition

In the winter of 2012, on the one-year anniversary of OR-7’s journey into California, a group of wildlife conservation organizations in California, Oregon, and Washington formed the Pacific Wolf Coalition.

Recognizing the need for a unified effort to facilitate Pacific West wolf recovery, these organizations envision populations of wolves restored across their historic habitats in numbers that will allow them to re-establish their critical role in nature and ensure their long-term survival.

Beginning with just a few groups, the Pacific Wolf Coalition (PWC) has grown to include over 20 organizations working together toward restoring wolves in the Pacific West. For more information, read the press release.

» Read about OR-7’s journey


As wolves return to the Pacific states of California, Oregon, and Washington, they do so on a vastly different social, political, and ecological landscape than elsewhere in the country. This creates opportunities and challenges unique to the region.

The Pacific Wolf Coalition is an alliance of organizations and individuals working towards a common vision where wolves once again play a positive, meaningful, and sustainable role on the landscape and in our culture. Members of the Pacific Wolf Coalition seek to efficiently and effectively achieve that shared vision while honoring each member organization’s unique values, strengths, and goals.


The Pacific Wolf Coalition envisions significant and sustainable populations of wolves restored across their historic habitats in Washington, Oregon, and California, filling their critical roles in nature, and providing hope and inspiration to communities across the region.

Gray Wolf Recovery Goals

The Pacific Wolf Coalition is working to achieve the following goals:

  1. Ensure wolf packs disperse to and occupy suitable habitat throughout Washington, Oregon, and northern California;
  2. Maintain genetic connectivity with adjacent populations;
  3. Fill their critical role on the landscape, and
  4. Ensure recovery is sustainable over time.

Pacific Wolf Coalition Members

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