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National Wolfwatcher Coalition
In This Issue
Paseo Del Lobo Update from Wolfwatcher's Daniel Sayre
True Wolf Premieres in NYC
The Voice of Wolfwatcher
About Us
Paseo del Lobo:  
Observations from the Recovery Area
Photo: Wolfwatcher's Daniel Sayre by Alex McClure
Wolfwatcher's Southwest Regional Director, Daniel Sayre

At the close of my time with the Paseo del Lobo events, as I was hiking out of Paradise Pack territory, a multitude of thoughts and ideas overwhelmed me. I stopped in a quiet meadow to contemplate the direction and magnitude of my advocacy. To suggest that the events of the week provided some seminal moment at which I was overcome by some higher level of understanding of the issues simply wasn't true. I was, perhaps, given a clarity of purpose and direction, but certainly no epiphany.


The many elements of the event coalesced into a singular, confused collection of separate but related ideas. I came to the realization that Mexican gray recovery is not about any one specific element such as artificial recovery boundaries, poaching, or local acceptance, it is about all of those issues. I knew this before, but perhaps I didn't fully come to that realization until that moment. Initially overwhelmed by the thought that each and every facet of species recovery was relevant and important, I simply cleared my mind and ate an apple amongst the trees and critters of that meadow. True story.


Photo: J N Stuart, Mexican gray wolf

Levity aside, there are key points to be made from my experience at the events of the week. Perhaps the tactics of the past did not elicit the necessary transformational change in thinking needed in some people to accept predators. If a key component of recovery is acceptance, how can that be achieved with various competing interests? I was careful to listen to the commentary of tribal members, wolf advocates, and others that I crossed paths with. For some, perhaps it isn't enough to simply know that the species is endangered. For those people, can the long term success of the program hinge alone on the concept of a forced acceptance?


Knowing that there are many intertwined and often competing interests, how can I as an advocate, or we as an organization, attempt to ensure the success of the program? In an ideal world wolves would not depredate, people would not poach, and politics would not interfere with science in a way detrimental to the long term viability of the species. Few specific aspects of such programs are perfect but the process is what we have, and it has worked for other species.


There is one incontrovertible truth in Mexican gray recovery, and that truth is the one thing that I know will ultimately keep the balance in favor of recovery of the species. Mexican grays are tough, resourceful, and have proven that they can, and they will do everything necessary to survive and propagate their species. There is a simple beauty in that fact. Given the chance they will not only survive, but thrive. It is our job to make sure they have that chance.


(Daniel will share future chapters of his extraordinary experiences as a participant in the Paseo del Lobo.  Stay tuned...



A Wolf Walks the Red Carpet
Maggie Howell with Atka

"True Wolf"  Premieres in New York
August 17th-23rd

Ambassador wolf, Atka, will be walking the
 red carpet!
Announcing!! True Wolf will have a NYC Premiere Exclusive at the Cinema Village.   On the evening of Aug 17th after the premiere showing, an awe-inspiring, up-close encounter with Ambassador wolf, Atka, from the Wolf Conservation Center is planned. Join Maggie Howell and the staff of the Wolf Conservation Center along with Wolfwatcher's Dave Hornoff, Diane Bentivegna and Maggie Howell for this special event to learn more about the importance of this misunderstood predator and the efforts to save these magnificent creatures for future generations. As an added bonus, the film's director, Rob Whitehair, will also be attending to answer questions.
Atka, ambassador wolf, doing what no other teacher can do! 
The Voice of Wolfwatcher
Who is "Wolfwatcher?"
Send us a quick message!
We are happy to report that Wolfwatcher continues to grow and its voice continues to be heard across the nation in support of wolf conservation!  Our success, in large part, is the result of your participation, interest and support.  So, from time to time, we would like to share your thoughts about wild wolves. Why do you want to "understand, love and protect" wild wolves?   Send Wolfwatcher your one or two sentence response along with a recent photo and you may be featured in our next e-newsletter! We look forward to hearing from you! 
About Us 
National Wolfwatcher Coalition is a 501(c)(3) organization on behalf of wolf education, conservation and advocacy.

We are dedicated to preserving the wolf and its historic range as part of our national heritage. This grassroots effort is supported by ordinary citizens who seek to promote positive attitudes about wolves and to support wolf conservation efforts in all areas included in its historic range.