Why Action is Needed

Centuries ago, and in some states much more recently, nights spent outdoors under a star studded sky often included the howls of wolves to match owl calls and other voices of the wild. Wolves were once common and widespread throughout the United States, but came dangerously close to extinction due to human-driven eradication programs. Thanks to the efforts of so many, their recovery in the U.S. has begun, but is far from over.

For many Americans, this conservation success story is widely seen as an inspiring and incredible endeavor. However, a continued campaign of misinformation and fear has made wolf recovery a controversial issue in some communities and right in the tracks of these recovery efforts are undeniable social, symbolic, ecological and economic benefits and challenges. Does this sound all too familiar? The good news is that you can help propel wolf recovery efforts forward.

By taking action in support of wolf recovery, even the small steps count. When we say your voice matters, we mean it. 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 fact creates opportunities and challenges unique to this region. Help the Pacific Wolf Coalition protect these magnificent apex predators by using the information and materials you find on this page – consider it your Action Toolkit.

Here’s some ways you can act for wolves in the Pacific West:

Wolves 101
» Learn more about gray wolves: Wolves 101 

Become a Packtivist
» Join our ‘pack’ of activists and download your PWC Packtivist Kit 
Become a Jr. Packtivist
» Join young wolf advocates, our ‘pack’ of junior activists, and download your Jr. Packtivist Kit 

Get Involved
» Get to know the members of the Pacific Wolf Coalition and visit the Member Organizations Page
Write Letters

Let your national, state, regional, and local officials know that you care deeply about wolf recovery in your state. Additionally, the letters to the editor section of local newspapers and magazines are prime locations for raising important issues and will help you reach a broad audience.

Writing letters to these influential people and places will show that you are informed about local issues and holding your representatives accountable for what is happening to wolves in our region.

Important points you may want to include in your letters:

  • Wolves perform a crucial role in maintaining wildlife diversity and ecosystem function. Turning our backs on wolves now means millions of acres of habitat will be without the benefits from wolves for years or decades to come – and some areas may never see the return of wolves.
  • Wolves west of the Rockies are few in number and at a fragile stage. Any loss of protection could put at risk “seed” packs like the Teanaway and Wenatchee Packs in Washington state and the Imnaha Pack in Oregon that are critical to establishing a viable population in the Pacific West.
  • Wolves are still dispersing into their historical range in the Pacific West states of Washington, Oregon and California. In 2011, a lone wolf known as OR-7 dispersed from the Imnaha Pack in Oregon to wander through California’s southern Cascades and Modoc Plateau. OR-7 was the first known wolf in the state of California in nearly 90 years.
  • Though some states in the Pacific West region such as Washington and Oregon have state plans that call for recovery in the Cascades/Coast region, California is just now developing its state wolf plan, and many other states with good wolf habitat but no wolves yet are lacking recovery plans altogether.

CONTACTS

U.S. Department of the Interior
Secretary of the Interior: Ryan Zinke 

Email: feedback@ios.doi.gov
Phone Number: 202-208-3100
Twitter: @SecretaryZinke
Department of Interior on Facebook
DoI Twitter: @Interior
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240

President Trump
Email
Phone: 202-456-1111
Twitter: @POTUS
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Pacific Regional Director: 
Robyn Thorson
911 NE 11th Ave. Portland, Oregon 97232
503-231-6120
Robyn_Thorson@fws.gov

California Fish and Wildlife Department
Director: 
Charlton H. Bonham
1416 Ninth Street , 12th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-0411
Director@wildlife.ca.gov

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department
Director: 
Curt Melcher
4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE Salem, OR 97302
(503) 947-6000
odfw.info@state.or.us

Washington Fish and Wildlife Department
Director: 
Jim Unsworth
600 Capitol Way N. Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 902-2200
director@dfw.wa.gov

Washington
Find contact information for your Washington Elected Officials
Find contact information for your Washington State Legislature

Oregon
Find contact information for your Oregon Elected Officials
Find contact information for your Oregon State Legislature

California
Find contact information for your California Elected Officials
Find contact information for you California State Legislature

Host Film Screenings

Host an education event or film screening in your community
Films worth watching:
Wolf OR-7 Expedition
OR7 – The Journey
Land of Lost Wolves
Lords of Nature
Wild Things

Contact the Pacific Wolf Coalition for more information on how to hold a film screening in your community.

Read Press Releases

Read the Pacific Wolf Coalition’s latest press releases

PacWolf joint press release – Sept 26, 2013
PacWolf joint press release – Dec 21, 2012