Support Washington’s wolves with Sea Witch Botanicals!

Support Washington’s wolves with Sea Witch Botanicals!

Conservation Northwest is thrilled to be partnering with Sea Witch Botanicals for their new Timberwolf  and Hummingbird scents, with one dollar from each purchase going towards our work to keep the Northwest wild. We appreciate their work to meaningfully support sustainability and the environment, so we wanted to share some background about gray wolves in … Continued

Remembering the legacy of Teanaway wolf 32M

Wolf 32M started the repopulation of wolves in the Central Cascades and lived 12 long years as a “patriarch” of wolves in Washington. BY MITCH FRIEDMAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR This beautiful video by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is bittersweet for us at Conservation Northwest. It’s sad to lose 32M, but we can’t help … Continued

Acclaimed documentary The Trouble With Wolves streaming now

Conservation Northwest hosted a film screening of this documentary with Patagonia Seattle followed by a panel discussion during the summer of 2019. As an organization with a long history of promoting wolf coexistence, we strongly recommend this film. The biologists, wildlife watchers, hunters, ranchers and others (including many we work closely with!) featured in The … Continued

Stories from the field

One rancher within the Smackout Pack’s territory in northeast Washington wants you to know that our efforts for wolf coexistence are making a difference. By Jay Shepherd, wolf program lead Recently, I got a call from a rancher and long-time partner we’ve worked with for decades to support wolf coexistence. They wanted to express their … Continued

Range riders hard at work for coexistence with wolves

These on-the-ground efforts provide the pathway to coexistence, and a future with healthy wolf populations and thriving local communities. BY JAY SHEPHERD, WOLF PROGRAM LEAD Range riders working with Conservation Northwest’s Range Rider Pilot Project, the Northeast Washington Wolf Cattle Collaborative (NEWWCC) and local ranches have been hard at work this summer striving to keep … Continued

Understanding the science on wolf-livestock conflict

New research highlights the importance of using multiple tactics, from range riders to targeted lethal removal, to reduce and resolve conflicts between wolves and livestock. Key takeaways from recent wolf-livestock research: The science does not support general public wolf hunting as a solution for reducing cattle depredations in areas where wolves and livestock overlap. Wolf-livestock … Continued

Range riding in Togo Pack territory

Our staff and contract range riders have been in the field day and night working to prevent further livestock conflicts in the Togo Pack’s territory. Below is the latest report from our Wolf Program Lead Jay Shepherd, who also helps lead the Northeast Washington Wolf Cattle Collaborative: “We and others stepped up to help the … Continued

Understanding wolf behavior—for your safety and theirs

Our Wolf Program Lead, a biologist with decades of experience working around wolves, shares perspectives on wolf behavior and how understanding can keep people, pets and wildlife safe. By Jay Shepherd, Ph.D., Wolf Program Lead Now that summer is in full swing and many are out enjoying Washington’s wild places, it’s timely to think about … Continued

Of Wolves and People: The Science Behind Conservation Conflict Transformation

By Paula Swedeen, Ph.D., Policy Director Wolves are making an inspiring comeback in Washington, returning to our state on their own paws from populations in British Columbia, Idaho and Montana beginning around the mid-2000’s. In 2008, Conservation Northwest’s Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project discovered the first wolf pups born in Washington in nearly a century—the Lookout … Continued

Wolves, Collaboration, and Coexistence

By Mitch Friedman, Executive Director Washington’s wolves have been in the news again this summer. While infrequent conflict between wolves and livestock is not unexpected, it’s never easy. For Conservation Northwest, that’s especially true when these conflicts involve ranchers with whom we’ve worked for years to help build acceptance of wolves in rural areas, as … Continued