Feb 11 2012

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These two works come to us courtesy of two beautiful women who shared them on the WBS facebook page: Debbie Blount and Sandra Grifo Montimurro. Please visit the WBS facebook page to see more of the fine work by these creative and dedicated artists. I hope these artistic triumphs will brighten your day as much as they did mine.

Best wishes, “J”

NRDC: Save Biogems – Wolves

NRDC selects special places across the Americas that face an imminent threat of destruction: pristine coastlines that could become industrial ports; ancient forests that could be stripped of trees; and unspoiled wildlife habitats that could be sacrificed to oil and gas drilling. Our imperiled BioGems are irreplaceable remnants of wilderness that curb global warming, preserve biodiversity and provide sanctuary for rare and extraordinary wildlife, from threatened polar bears to endangered gray whales.

Feb 10 2012

Thanks to WGOW!

I would be remiss if I did not offer a special thanks to Jeff Styles and the guys of The Morning Press (WGOW/102.3 FM Talk! Radio) for featuring wolvesbystrangers.com as their “Website Du Jour.” WBS is only alive today only because of the support and enthusiasm of creative thinkers and community activists like these guys. Thanks for the support! Check out the link here and be sure to hit the “Like” button!

Feb 10 2012

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From David in Siauliai, Lithuania

Mission: Wolf

“Mission: Wolf connects people with nature using hands-on experiential education. Through volunteer internships and national traveling education programs, we inspire individuals to become stewards of the earth. While providing a home for rescued wolves and horses, we create opportunities for growth through community service and personal interactions with animals. We value education, sustainability, and improving relationships between people, animals, and the world around them.”

Feb 9 2012

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From Justin in Terre Haute, Indiana

Want to teach your kids about wolf conservation? Here’s your chance: the link  below offers a nice introductory unit to wolf education courtesy of Kids’ Planet, complete with reading and writing assignments:

Kids’ Planet Wolf Curriculum

Feb 8 2012

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From a stranger in Hertfordshire, England

Wolf Education & Research Center (located in Winchester, Idaho):

“At the center of the WERC programs is Education. It is not only a critical method of preserving present-day understanding but is the only path to future conservation efforts. The Wolf Education & Research Center’s education initiative is part of an over-all plan to engage our supporters in outreach to future naturalists and wildlife supporters.”

Feb 7 2012

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From Hannah in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Looking for information related to wolf attacks on humans? The link below will take you to probably the most comprehensive report you’ll ever see:

The Fear of Wolves:
A Review of Wolf Attacks on Humans

Feb 6 2012

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From Sofia in the UK

International Wolf Center:

“Vision: The International Wolf Center envisions a world in which populations of wolves thrive well distributed in many parts of their native range. A global system of designated wild lands supports abundant habitat and prey for wolves and other large carnivores. The Center provides useful scientific information and learning opportunities to diverse individuals and groups and supports well-informed dialogue about management of wolf­human conflict. As a result, humans adopt an attitude of respect toward wolves. As informed participants, humans create policy and act in support of ecological sustainability, which includes the survival of wolf populations. In day-to-day life, humans accept coexistence with wolves.”

Feb 5 2012

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From Shirley

Wolf Haven International:

“Wolf Haven International is a 501(c) 3 organization that has worked for wolf conservation since 1982. The mission of Wolf Haven International is to conserve and protect wolves and their habitat. Over the past 29 years, Wolf Haven has rescued and provided lifetime sanctuary to over 160 animals. We are participants in two different Species Survival Plan (SSP) programs for endangered species: 1) Mexican grey SSP and 2) red wolf SSP. These are partnerships between captive facilities, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. As an SSP member, Wolf Haven has successfully bred both red wolves and Mexican wolves. We have also had eleven of our SSP Mexican grey wolves released into the wilderness of the Southwest.”

Feb 4 2012

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From a stranger in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

WolfWhisperer (website):

“This site is dedicated to wolves and the hope that one day they’ll again be understood and respected. Stand up for what you believe in, even if it means that sometimes you’ll stand alone. Fight for those who cannot fight for themselves, and be the voice of those who cannot speak.”

Tread Softly,


Feb 3 2012

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From Hannah in Chattanooga, Tennessee

California Wolf Center:

“The California Wolf Center is a one-of-a-kind education, conservation, and research center located 50 miles east of San Diego, near the town of Julian, California. Founded in 1977 to educate the public about wildlife and ecology, the Center is currently home to several packs of gray wolves, some of which are exhibited for educational purposes. Our wolves serve as ambassadors representing wolves in the wild. We also host highly endangered Mexican gray wolves, now being reintroduced into the southwestern United States. A visit to the Center provides a unique experience involving one of the most charismatic and controversial species in North American history. Our goal is to provide the best, most natural environment for all wolves living at the California Wolf Center and to provide complete and balanced information about gray wolves and the environment to the public so that people can make informed decisions about the issues that affect us all.”

Feb 2 2012

WBS Movie Review: “The Grey”

Just as the name suggests, The Grey is a film shrouded in mystery. Whether the movie’s focus is one of religious/moral commentary or more related to simply exploring man’s place in the world and what he becomes when he is taken out of the civilization he has created is debatable. It’s a snowy “Heart of Darkness” meets “Deliverance” in an inconclusive but classic fight between man and nature. In short, if you’re looking for a message that is black and white, you’d best look elsewhere.

Certainly, though, one of the film’s strengths is that it may become all things to all people; viewers are free to take from the film almost any message they wish: from the starkness of an existential reality to the overwhelming power of faith… But one thing that the movie is certainly not is tame. Much like the wolves, themselves, who serve as the film’s antagonists, the feature pulls no punches in painting survival as a game that is not for the feint of heart. Blood and gore are in no short supply, but the ambiguous nature of the movie’s message deters the viewer from classifying the violence as gratuitous. Perhaps the meaning of the movie lies somewhere in its brutality.

As the film’s honorable everyman/protagonist states, “Once more into the fray…. We live and die on this day.” The very nature of this quote encourages viewers to question what life and death really mean. Is living defined by mere subsistence, or is there inherently something more important than the recycling of oxygen? Is an honorable death enough to justify a wasted life? Is there honor in willfully persevering through hopeless odds? How vast is the gulf between life and whatever lies beyond it? As the credits roll on the screen, these questions may take center stage in our minds… or we may simply be cursing the writer and director for leading us on for an hour and a half only to end the film with the biggest mystery of all… I’m not going to give away the ending, but you’ll see what I mean when you watch it for yourself.

In the end, whether you are intrigued or insulted by the nature of the storytelling, there’s no denying the powerful visual aspects of the film. Maybe it was the fact that “The Grey” was the first movie that I have seen in a “Big DDD” theatre, but I couldn’t help but to be overwhelmed by the sheer size of the landscape that was presented there on the screen. It reminded me of something Stephen King said in the introduction to one of his books in the gunslinger series (Wizard and Glass, I think). King was discussing his various inspirations for creating a mythical fantasy to call his own and cited several of Clint Eastwood’s Westerns as a prominent muse. In discussing these films, King noted that today’s generation simply could not experience the same wonder of seeing the huge desert landscapes depicted on the silver screen. The vastness of the was simply too great. The expansiveness of the sterile environment was so overwhelming that it didn’t just cause King to look at the world differently; it caused him to dream up another world altogether. All in all, this was the most powerful aspect of The Grey in my eyes. In a time when the most “outdoor time” that some of us get is walking through the parking lot after work, The Grey visually hurls us back into the arms of a cruel Mother Nature and makes no bones about who’s boss. But there’s also a beauty in this harshness that can’t be denied, and I can guarantee that regardless of your analysis of the film’s plot, glimpses of the snowy mountain landscapes will not be far from your mind for quite some time afterwards…

Feb 2 2012

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From Jacob

Text taken from the website for The Wolf Conservation Center:

Founded in 1999, The Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) is a 501c3 organization that promotes wolf conservation by teaching about wolves, their relationship to the environment, and the human role in protecting their future.  We accomplish this mission by:

  • Promoting wolf conservation through education
  • Supporting wolf reintroduction in federally designated areas that can sustain viable wolf populations
  • Being the preeminent facility in the eastern United States for the captive breeding and pre-release of endangered wolf species; and
  • Providing the natural habitat for a few captive wolves where observation of natural behavior is possible

Through our education programs, we work to convey the following messages:

  • Wolves in the wild are not dangerous to people.
  • Wolves perform a vital role in the environment.
  • Wolves are not pets.
  • It is everyone’s responsibility to do something each day to make the world a better place.

Feb 1 2012

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From a stranger in Michigan

Defenders of Wildlife:

“Founded in 1947, Defenders of Wildlife is one of the country’s leaders in science-based, results-oriented wildlife conservation. We stand out in our commitment to saving imperiled wildlife and championing the Endangered Species Act, the landmark law that protects them. Defenders of Wildlife is a national, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. We work to protect and restore America’s native wildlife, safeguard habitat, resolve conflicts, work across international borders and educate and mobilize the public.”

Feb 1 2012

February: Wolf Awareness Month!

For the past nine months, this website and its wonderful contributors have heightened lupine awareness in a variety of ways, the most prominent method being through the daily exhibition of wolf-related artwork. But to be honest, I think it’s about time that we take things a step further and make some real strides in bringing as much attention to this amazing animal as we possibly can. This is why February is officially being named “Wolf Awareness Month.” With every picture that is displayed during the month of February, visitors will also notice a link to a website that promotes the cause of the wolf. Hopefully these links will encourage all of us to learn as much as possible about the animal that we love so dearly and to become involved in efforts to ensure that the wolf remains wild, free, and uninhibited for lifetimes to come.