Being With Wolves

The growing prospect of a return of wolves to California is adding new urgency to the question of whether it is wise to let packs of roving hunters live near human populations.The trade-offs are widely misunderstood and education is greatly needed. Wolves are an apex predator and integral part of a diverse balanced ecosystem. Accurate information about their behavior establishes appreciation and understanding of wolves and puts concerns into perspective. Balanced management strategies will enable wolves to roam free in the wilderness ranges of their historic habitat, and allow future human generations to experience the full richness of the natural world, including the sound of wolves. Education about wolf populations, and their significance to wild lands, will foster a new era of human-wolf understanding and appreciation for generations to come.

Being with Wolves (BWW) is an education initiative that draws on the latest scientific findings to inform the public about wolves, and debunks the fear-based, historical mythologies that have haunted wolves for centuries. Acknowledging that it is difficult for people to tolerate or respect what they are raised to fear, our efforts through this initiative seek to present a clear and thoughtful picture on wolves and the powerful role they play in healthy ecosystems. The wolf problem is a fear-based human predicament, and we need everyone's help to solve it. BWW has gathered information that shares the history of wolves from eradication in the lower 48 states, to natural migration, reintroduction, and distribution, and the resulting complexities of interactions with humans. This project is working to create a bridge between healthy wolf populations, tolerance on behalf of people for wolves to return to their remaining historic wilderness habitat, and the delight of many who currently understand and appreciate the merit of returning wolf populations on the
California landscape.

BWW is working to create and sustain a transformational sea change through this effort, by addressing the challenges presented by wolves. Simple predator-proof strategies and non-lethal alternatives can prevent or limit livestock depredation. Wolves create balance in nature by keeping wild ungulate populations in check, by removing diseased and weakened prey, thereby benefiting both humans and wildlife. This project will also provide important details about predator-prey relationships and the very low risk of a wolf encounter.

The presence of wolves and other top predators, such as the mountain lion and bear, in California ecosystems is critical for healthy wild lands and therefore human health. Living with predators means implementing improved education, policy, conservation, successful livestock protection and community development. Biodiversity is the key to resilience. Protecting our ecosystems denotes fulfilling the Land Ethic of respect for all living beings. Working together we can preserve, enhance, and welcome the return of wolves.