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Summer 2015




Alberta’s Wolf Failures
By Kevin Van Tighem

Alberta’s wolves appear to be living in their own wolf heaven, but something is amiss in this potential paradise. As municipal governments and local organizations continue to pay bounties for wolf kill and subsidize trappers, regulatory policies and frontier-style tradition allow for inhumane killing practices that do nothing to reduce  wolf problems. Download full article.


The Early History of the  International Wolf Center
By L. David Mech

From the birth of the idea, to the  facility and web presence that the  International Wolf Center offers today, Dr. L. David Mech of the U.S. Geological Survey and University of Minnesota has continued his involvement with the Center and wolves. The commitment and energy of wolf advocates over the past 30 years have culminated in the  Center as it serves today—as the world’s foremost disseminator of objective science-based information about the wolf. 

New Temporary Exhibit Lands  at the International Wolf Center
By David Kline

Wherever in the world we find wolves, we are likely to raptors soaring above. We are often rewarded with a glimpse of their grace in their keen ability to hunt from above, and their majestic perch, as they watch for their prey. With planning and some old fashioned luck, we can walk away with the moment not just seared in memory, but also captured through the lens of a camera!


From the Executive Director
by Rob Schultz

March 21, 2015. On the ridgeline ahead of us, four wolf pups played in the snow as other members of the Junction Butte Pack soaked up the bright morning sun. The individuals before us were among the most well-known and, therefore, wild wolves on the planet—Yellowstone wolves!

Tracking the Pack

The Health of the Pack Prior to Pups
by Lori Schmidt, wolf curator, International Wolf Center

During spring 2016, we are scheduled to adopt two pups into our Exhibit Pack. The pup source has been identified, and we are verifying the health records of the future parents. This is critical for our management plan as wolves can be susceptible to a variety of diseases and parasites. By ensuring that the pups’ mother is vaccinated, we improve the chances of the pups maintaining a healthy immune system as they transition into the Center’s Exhibit Pack.

Member Profile

From Belgium to Ely…To Meet Our Wolves… Best Birthday Gift Ever
by Darcy Berus, Development Director, International Wolf Center

Daniele de Ponthière is a long-time International Wolf Center member, volunteer, program participant, and ambassador. She embodies the passion and excitement for wolves that is shared by so many International Wolf Center members; however, one thing that truly sets Daniele apart is the distance she travels to visit the Center’s wolves and experience its programs.

Wolves of the World

Conferences Share Common Goals Across the Globe: Coexistence, Heightened Awareness of Wolves
by Tracy O’Connell

Several international conferences related to wolves are being held this year across the globe, and all have at least one common goal, to raise the awareness of wolves and their coexistence with humans and other animal populations.

Book Review

Wolves on the Hunt: the Behavior of Wolves Hunting Wild Prey.
by David Kline

Life and death drama. A fitting description for this fascinating new book by a trio of wolf experts observation hours. With chapters individually devoted to deer, moose, elk, bison and other prey, Mech, Smith and MacNulty pr answer dozens of intriguing questions.

Personal Encounter

The Mysterious Wolves of Belarus
by Shannon Barber-Meyer

It was just after 3 a.m. as we very quietly exited the van, making sure our water-resistant clothes didn’t make too much noise. A wolf researcher howled into the cold and murky mist. We waited in darkness, hoping for an answer. A single wolf howl from about 300 meters in front of us broke the silence. We peered into the agricultural and forested expanse, straining to get a glimpse of the wolf in the faint star-light. Suddenly, from behind, another howl countered. The expedition’s leader explained that we were standing between two female wolves and their pups—both being tended to by the same male!


Meet the Pack – Denali

Denali is a Rocky Mountain subspecies of the gray wolf (Canis lupus occidentalis). He is the largest member of the Exhibit Pack at the International Wolf Center, weighing approximately 135 pounds.

A Look Beyond

The Endangered Red Wolf:  Shutting Down Tomorrow?
by Cornelia Hutt

Late spring has coaxed wildflowers into bloom at the Red Wolf Education Center pollination garden in Columbia, North Carolina. Nearby, a group of children and parents sit quietly under a canopy of trees out-side the wolf enclosure, all eyes focused on two wolves moving with silent grace through the pine needles and damp leaves, their rich copper and gray pelage blending with the sun-dappled colors of their forested habitat.  “Shy shadow from the long past,” Christopher Camuto calls the red wolf in his hauntingly beautiful book, Another Country… “Unseen shape between the trees.”