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"The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant:   What good is it?"                   

     Aldo Leopold 

Thank you,
 February 2, 2016
In This Issue
Wolves Return to California
The Plan
How to Comment
Talking Points
Smile Amazon
A Store
About Us
After a 90 Year Absence; 
Wolves Returned to California! 

Shasta Pack
Photo Courtesy California Dept Fish and Wildlife
California has the habitat and the prey base to support wolves.  And for the first time since California's wolf population went extinct in 1924, California has wolves!

In August, 2015, a wolf pack consisting of two adults and five pups was identified in southeastern Siskiyou County and is known as the "Shasta Pack".  

In June 2014, the California Fish and Game Commission voted to list gray wolves as endangered under the California Endangered Species Act.  The gray wolf is also listed as 
Shasta Wolf  California Dept Fish & Wildli
endangered in California, under the Federal Endangered Species Act of 1973. 

Gray wolves that enter California are therefore protected by the ESA making it illegal to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture or collect wolves, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct in California.

California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) has completed a Draft Wolf Conservation Plan. Throughout the plan's development, CDFW held numerous meetings with stakeholders and is now accepting public comment on the draft plan.  You need to make your voice heard.  

Please take some time to submit comments. You do not need to be a California resident; you just need to care about wolves.
The Plan
We know you likely do not have the time to read all the documents associated with the California Wolf Plan so we have highlighted them for you.

Part 1 of California Department of Fish and Wildlife Draft Conservation Plan for Gray Wolves in California  is a 23 page document outlining the strategies to implement conservation & management of wolves TO READ PART 1

Part II  is a 288 page document that details gray wolf life history, ecological relationships, interactions, coordination with agencies, public outreach, funding and plan evaluation and reporting  TO READ PART II  

Table 2.1 (Part 2, pages 38-41 ) provides a summary of disease ecology data and assessment of the risk to wolf conservation, livestock, and people from infected wolves for each disease presented.  

This table is very informative and illustrates the exceptionally low risk of disease transmission from wolves to humans.

Appendix G (Part 2, page 275) details the phases of Wolf Re-Establishment and Options/Actions.

We are pleased to see a strong emphasis for non-lethal wolf management.  Non-lethal actions (such as reducing attractants, fladry, fencing, guard animals, scare tactics) along with livestock management & good husbandry techniques, must be implemented before lethal management options are taken.  
CDFW has conceptually thought of wolf re-establishment and population growth in three phases.  

We are currently in Phase 1, with wolves fully protected.  CDFW proposes that Phase 1 will conclude when there are 4 breeding pairs for two successive years confirmed in California (minimum 16 wolves)
Under Phase 2, the Plan would allow for additional latitude to manage impacts of wolves on livestock or wolf predation on wild ungulate populations.
Phase 3 begins when there are 6 breeding pairs of wolves for two successive years.  It also allows for a status review to evaluate whether state listing as endangered remains warranted for the wolf.
If wolves in California are still federally listed as endangered when 2 breeding pairs are documented for two successive years, CDFW will consider petitioning the US Fish and Wildlife Services to downlist wolves to threatened in California. 
Let Your Voice Be Heard!
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is accepting comments on the Draft Wolf Conservation Plan through February 15, 2016.

There are several ways for you to submit comments:


Written comments may be sent to 
Wolf Plan Comments
PO Box 26750
San Francisco, CA 94126. 

Submit comments using MOBILE DEVICES / TABLET
Recommended Talking Points
Here are some talking points that you can use:

The numbers proposed to transition between each phase are too low; they are politically based and not scientifically justified;  You support an ecologically functional wolf population within areas of suitable habitat.

There needs to be a longer period between phases to ensure breeding pair numbers won't immediately decline.

As part of their outreach efforts, CDFW should establish objectives that would increase public awareness regarding benefits provided by wolves, including the role wolves play in limiting the spread of diseases and offer specific opportunities for people to experience and appreciate wolves.  These efforts should also include measures that would promote positive wolf-related interactions.

A stated goal of the plan is to minimize wolf mortality from accidental deaths, yet in California coyotes can be hunted statewide, all year, with no bag limits leaving any wolf that enters the state vulnerable to being shot. To protect the wolf, steps must be taken to close coyote hunting and trapping in areas where wolves are most likely to reestablish.

You support additional research that would evaluate threats, including poaching and disease, that jeopardize the wolf.  Studies are also needed to document population trends, range, distribution and nonlethal strategies use and effectiveness.
Smile Amazon
These days nearly everyone does some shopping online.  But, did you know that  when you shop on Amazon, the National Wolfwatcher Coalition can earn a small donation (without costing you anything extra) from Amazon?  

To shop  simply go to AMAZON SMILE from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. 
You use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.
On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select National Wolfwatcher Coalition to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation to us!
Introducing the National Wolfwatcher Coalition Wolf Products Store
If you like wolves, then, you will enjoy shopping at our new
Photo credit:  Diane Bentivegna
wolf products store where you can find books, jewelry, cell phone cases, items for your home and much more.  

Every purchase also supports the National Wolfwatcher Coalition.  

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Our mission:  
We 'educate, advocate, and participate' for the long term recovery and preservation of wolves based on the best available science and the principles of democracy.  We:  
  1. Educate the public about the important role that wolves play in maintaining healthy ecosystems
  2. Inform the public about challenges to wolf recovery
  3. Support measures that promote peaceful coexistence with wolves on the landscape
  4. Educate the public about the issues in all regions and ways it can effectively participate in the democratic process to promote science-based decision-making about wolves.
All donations, no matter the amount, will be appreciated because they will enable us to: 
  • Provide educational programs, materials and events
  • Participate in conferences, seminars, and consultation with other professionals in the fields of wolf biology, research, conservation, eco-tourism and environmental law.
  • Secure a Wolfwatcher Legal Fund to sustain potential engagement in litigation that challenges local, state and/or federal policies that affect wolf preservation.
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