Vacation!

One of Journey’s most favorite things to do is travel, meet new and old friends, see, experience, and do new things. Of course, he’s always educating adults, children, and canines and best yet, surprises so many people who never thought they’d get to pet someone like him up close, let alone be kissed by him!

Thank you to the thousands of wonderful people Journey has been blessed to meet. He has become the wonderful gentleman he is today, because of all of you showing him love, kindness, and respect!

Speak for Wolves 2016

What are you plans this summer? How about a trip to the magnificent Yellowstone National Park in July? Enjoy the spectacular views, wildlife sightings and join renown wildlife advocates and biologist at the annual three-day family friendly Speak for Wolves event held at the historic Union Pacific Dining Lodge in the town of West Yellowstone, Montana.

This year’s event will feature guest speakers, film, dance, poetry, art, music, food and a field trip! Check out Speak for Wolves Program page for more details.

Hugs and kisses with wolves

Dear friends, we wanted to share with you this hear warming video from the spectacular Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. We highly recommend you visit them next time you are up in Denver, Colorado Springs or heading to one of the ski resorts. The sanctuary is located on a way from Colorado Springs to Breckenridge. And even though it’s a bit of a drive from Denver – it’s truly worth it! Especially if you do a photo session with these stunning and very friendly furry guys!

Don’t be surprised by this highly social and friendly behavior. And in case you are wondering – they really are wolves! Wolves are very intelligent and very social animals that sadly are really mis-represented by pop-culture as well special interest groups who benefit from wolves extermination.

Visit our Wolves page and learn more about the true nature of wolves and their benefit to the entire eco-system.

Wonderful Journey

May I please Brag just a minute about my wonderful son Journey?

We woke up from camping at the river Sunday and took a beautiful few mile walk around the river and alfalfa fields. Drove 30 mins. to town for lots of shopping for the day. Spent 2 hrs. at a big crowded non-air conditioned craft/gemstone supply store w/aisles less than half the width of a normal store, Journey was exceptionally perfect. Some people wanted to pet him, others a bit intimidated by his 110# size, he silently walked by lightly grazing them w/his winter coat, dispelling any fears they may have. At times, he laid down patiently waiting while I was looking at “stuff”. Two ladies petted him, took pix, and went on. We met them again and they advised they felt Journey’s calm peaceful presence, long before they saw him in the store. Waiting in the cramped crowded check-out line, he just sat there like I expect him to, making me even prouder that I’m his mom and he’s my wonderful son. I was the claustrophobic one wanting to exit ASAP! Ordered take-out. While waiting, Journey and I walked the local neighborhood. 3 houses down, runs a dog into the street 10’ feet away from us barking, tail up…Journey’s hackles went up (he looks really big then!) and the dog kept barking. Journey never lunged, growled, or showed his teeth. I said, “let’s go”, thinking if that dog is stupid enough to come up to us, we’ll deal w/it then and we walked on. The dog shut-up and went home. Of course, he gets all the dogs in the neighborhood barking as we walk by, but so enjoys his sniff time. Journey is such a wonderful pleasure and I’m just so very blessed and happy he’s my awesome son!

I can’t forget, nor can he, ALL of the wonderful people and pets he has met through the years, and how you and they have all helped him become the wonderful gentleman he is today. THANK YOU to everyone he has met in the past and those he has yet to meet. Your gentle kindness and loving hearts have helped create this truly awesome majestic gentleman that I am so very proud to be co-owned by. Hugs, Howls, & Many Thanks to all of you!

Europe’s conservation win – humans co-existing with large predators

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Europe’s conservation efforts are taking a different direction from those commonly used in US and the results are remarkable! The population of wolves, bears, wolverines and lynx has risen to near-record highs.

It is believed, that “The recovery may be due to Europe’s animal conservation approach — an approach that allows for the presence of large predators among human populations, instead isolating them in state parks and conservation areas the way North America does.”

And contrary to the common fear of wild animal attacking humans, while the population of large predators increased significantly it has not lead to animal attacks on humans.

“We really don’t have recorded wolf attacks in Europe.”

Please read the complete article at The Verge.

Wyoming wolves are back under Endangered Species Act protection

Earlier this week, federal protections were reinstated for gray wolves in Wyoming!

We’d like to share this really good coverage of the issue from Living With Wolves:

“The federal Endangered Species Act will again protect wolves in Wyoming, at least until the state delivers a responsible management plan. Our hope is that Wyoming will deliver a very responsible management plan. But, as it stands, so far the three states of the Northern Rockies, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, have yet to demonstrate the willingness to manage wolves in a responsible and sustainable manner.

“In 2012, the management of the gray wolf in Wyoming was transferred from federal to state control. Wyoming labeled the wolf a trophy-game animal in the areas immediately surrounding Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and a predator in the remainder of the state, an area representing 83% of Wyoming. In these areas, it was allowable to kill wolves on sight, without limit or need for a license. Wolves went from a federally protected endangered species to being treated as “vermin” in the vast majority of Wyoming, literally overnight. Now it appears, such extreme management will be corrected.

“U.S. District Court Judge, Amy Berman Jackson, has taken the management of wolves out of the hands of the state of Wyoming. Although she did not change wolves status to “endangered,” she did declare the state’s management plan inadequate and unenforceable.

“This very important development for wolves will hopefully send a message to other states with poor wolf management practices that they need to manage wolves as valuable assets to the ecosystem, not as “vermin” to be killed. Let’s hope this landmark decision is the beginning of a new wave of protections or sustainable and responsible management for wolves in the United States.

[info credit: Living With Wolves and NY Times]

Preventing the killing of wolves that wander outside of Yellowstone National Park

“…in allowing the killing of Yellowstone wolves, MFWP is not just shooting wolves, but also itself in the foot, because this hunt is giving the entire tourism industry a black eye.”

“We are not opposed to Montana residents filling their freezers with elk, but the wolves were here first, and deserve protection from recreational killing.”

Sadly, Montana wolf hunt season underway and the controversy continues.

According to 9kxlh.com a group called the Yellowstone Wolf Patrol has entered into the Absoroka-Beartooth Wilderness directly adjacent to Yellowstone National Park to trail hunters in an effort to prevent the killing of the park’s wolves.

Unfortunately, while Montana’s Fish Wildlife and Parks has no issues of any kind with people monitoring the hunts, they do make it illegal to try and protect an animal targeted for a kill. Montana’s FWP game warden Sam Sheppard stated: “.. if any of the activists interfere with the hunt they will be violating Montana law. And that would include interfering such as getting in-between someone and the prey they are stalking, interfering with the natural movement of the animals whether it be wolves or elk or anything like that – or basically harassing hunters either verbally or by action.”

Yellowstone Wolf Patrol member Julie Henry said in the news release that, “…in allowing the killing of Yellowstone wolves, MFWP is not just shooting wolves, but also itself in the foot, because this hunt is giving the entire tourism industry a black eye.”

“We are not opposed to Montana residents filling their freezers with elk, but the wolves were here first, and deserve protection from recreational killing,” the press release continued.

[info credit: Living with Wolves and 9KXLH.com]