By providing over 40,000 readers with vital information through our National Geographic book, The Hidden Life of Wolves.

By providing over 40,000 readers with vital information through our National Geographic book, The Hidden Life of Wolves.

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Wolves | Ranching Solutions

Are wolves killing lots of cattle and sheep?

No. Wolves are responsible for less than 1% of all livestock deaths.

Can killing wolves make things worse?

Yes it can. Killing wolves breaks up packs. Smaller packs have harder time successfully bringing down large prey. Therefore, smaller packs are often forced to find prey that’s easier to kill, such as livestock.

Are the reintroduced wolves larger and different?

No. It’s the same species of wolf that lived here long ago.

Do wolves kill for sport?

No. Wolves kill to feed themselves.

Are wolves killing ALL the deer and elk?

No. Elk and deer populations are generally stable or increasing.

Should people fear wolves?

No. Wolves are generally fearful of and avoid people. Only twice in the past 100 years in North America have wild wolves attacked and killed a human.

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Sawtooth Pack Film Clips

Sawtooth Pack Film Clips

The Pack

Mid-Ranking Wolves

The Omega

Sawtooth Pack Wolf Pups

The Sawtooth Pups

The Beta Wolf of the Sawtooth Wolf Pack

The Beta Wolf

Alpha Female

The Alpha Male

Living with Wolves traveling exhibit at Russell Senate Office Rotunda

Russell Senate Office Rotunda

Living with Wolves traveling exhibit at Russell Senate Office Rotunda

Russell Senate Office Rotunda

Russell Senate Office Rotunda

Living with Wolves traveling exhibit at Russell Senate Office Rotunda

Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History

Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History

Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History

Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History

Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History

Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History

Living with Wolves traveling exhibit at Russell Senate Office Rotunda

Russell Senate Office Rotunda

Living with Wolves traveling exhibit at Russell Senate Office Rotunda

Living with Wolves exhibit at Russell Senate Office Rotunda

Russell Senate Office Rotunda

Living with Wolves traveling exhibit at Russell Senate Office Rotunda

Wolves | Ranching Solutions

Using guard dogs for protecting herds and flocks

The use of guard dogs and night watchmen provides added protection for the herds and flocks. Photo: Matt Moyer

Cleaning up livestock that died of natural causes

The presence of animals that died from natural causes draws predators into areas with livestock. When possible, ranchers can help keep wolves and all other scavengers away by removing the carcasses of dead livestock instead of leaving them on rangeland. Photo: Matt Moyer

Birthing corrals with electric fencing

Wild grazing animals find safety in numbers and protective mothers keep their young close. Timing the birth of calves to keep cow-calf pairs together longer is another technique used to keep calves safe from carnivores.

Range rider protecting his heard

Range rider, keeping watch over his herds and flocks

Range riders, once a part of traditional ranching operations, are again being used to monitor the movements of predators and livestock on the open range.

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Advisory Board

Living with Wolves Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Living with Wolves | Founders | Sawtooth Pack

Founders

Wolf Support | Robert Redford

Honorary Board

Wolves Boost to Ecotourism

The reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone has attracted 150,000 new visitors each year, adding $35-million to the local economy annually.

Wolves Decrease Coyote Populations

Wolves kill coyotes, so rodent populations increase, benefiting struggling birds of prey. Also, with fewer coyotes, pronghorn antelope calves are less likely to be preyed upon.

Wolves | How Wolves can help restore ecosystems

Wolves Improve Riparian Areas

Wolves have redistributed the elk herds, allowing vegetation to recover along rivers and streams. More willows and aspens provide food for beavers. More beaver ponds benefit aquatic plants and animals. Shade from the trees cools the water, making the habitat better for trout.

Wolves Feed Other Animals

The remains of a carcass left behind, unfinished by wolves, help feed grizzly bears, bald eagles, wolverines and many other scavengers.

Strengthen Ungulates

Wolves cull sick, old and genetically inferior elk and deer, allowing the healthiest individuals to breed and perpetuate their species.