Are Canadians Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

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Wolves are iconic, majestic and absolutely essential apex predators. But what do Canadians think about wolves? That was the primary question driving a survey developed by Drs. Valli-Laurente Fraser-Celin and Stephanie Rutherford in conjunction with The Fur-Bearers earlier this year.

The final report, titled, The Social Landscape of Wolves in Canada: A National Survey, revealed fascinating results, some of which were quite unexpected. To dive into the survey results, what we can learn from them, and how they will impact advocacy, conservation, and protection for wolves in Canada, Drs. Valli-Laurente Fraser-Celin and Stephanie Rutherford join Defender Radio.

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Dr. Valli-Laurente Fraser-Celin (Instagram: @thelivesofwilddogs)

Dr. Stephanie Rutherford (Website:, Mapping for Change project:, Book (Villain, Vermin, Icon, Kin: Wolves and the Making of Canada):–vermin–icon–kin-products-9780228011088.php)

The Social Landscape of Wolves in Canada: A National Survey ( 

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