Wolf week: why wolves matter

Wolf Week
It’s one of those questions that feels like it has an obvious answer – but when asked, you just can’t find it. Why do wolves matter?

The reason it’s so hard to give a concise answer to this question is that the best response is another question – why don’t they matter?

When wolves are removed from an ecosystem – and be sure it is never a quick or humane removal – the ecosystem collapses. In the case of Yellowstone National Park, measurable changes in species ranging from elk down to certain varieties of plant life have been seen since the wolves were reintroduced. In one popular discussion, it is even show that the reintroduction of the wolves to the park has changed the flow of rivers.

Video: How Wolves Change Rivers

These beautiful, sentient families, however, aren’t seen for who they really are. Around the world, wolves are persecuted, hated, feared, and slaughtered, every day. Right here in Canada, two government-sponsored culls are being conducted in desperate, Hail Mary political plays.

And that’s why wolf week matters.

Defender Radio Special Report: Wolf Week

There are many initiatives across North America that aim to protect wolves through public education and advocacy. This week – wolf week – there are multiple events being hosted in Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton.

Vancouver Island and Vancouver

Tuesday, Oct. 13

Wolves of British Columbia with Gary “The Wolf Man” Allan

G.P. Vanier Secondary School, Courtney, BC

Details at WolfAwarenessInc.org

Thursday, Oct. 15

Wolves of British Columbia with Gary “The Wolf Man” Allan

Craigflower Elementary School, Victoria, BC

Details at WolfAwarenessInc.org

Friday, Oct. 16

2015 Living With Wildlife Conference

Featuring Wilderness Committee’s Gwen Barlee, and Raincoast Conservation Foundation’s Dr. Heather Bryan in Vancouver

Details at thefurbearers.com/events


Friday, Oct. 16

Wolves: A Story To Tell

John Dutton Theatre

Details at WolfAwarenessInc.org


Saturday, Oct. 17

Wolves: A Story To Tell

Noorish Conscious Eatery

Details at WolfAwarenessInc.org

Please spend some time this week talking about wolves – telling your friends, family, neighbours, or co-workers why they matter; join us at our Living With Wildlife conference, or find a wolf week event near you; share this post or the How Wolves Change Rivers video. Please, find a way to be a part of a Canada where wolves always matter.

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