Episode 4 – The Ecology of Wild Wolves: Wild Earth Guardians with Bob Brister


On this episode of Wolfdog Radio we are going to discuss “Wolves in the Wild”. Here are a few topics that will be covered by our guest Bob Brister of Wild Earth Guardians. Why are Wolves important to the environment? How do wolves impact an ecosystem? What challenges do wolves face? Why must wolves be protected? What does Wild Earth Guardians do to ensure that wolves are in our wild places? How can you make a difference for wild wolves? These and many more topics will be discussed during this episode, we also encourage your participation by calling in or sending question by email. We look forward to you joining us for our first show on wild wolves!

Photo courtesy of Wild Earth Guardians

Bob Brister is WildEarth Guardians  Organizer and comes to WildEarth Guardians via a merger with the Utah Environmental Congress, where he served as membership coordinator for almost 5 years and conducted their campaign for wildlife protection and wolf recovery in Utah. A life-long organizer, Bob spent the first 15 years of his career working on international peace and human rights issues, including 12 years in Florida with the American Friends Service Committee. Since 1995, Bob has worked with a variety of Western conservation groups, including seven years doing slide show tours around the U.S. for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. He earned his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan in 1978. A native of Memphis, TN, Bob has lived in Salt Lake City with his partner Whitney for the last 12 years and loves visiting the wilderness and seeing the wildlife that makes the Interior West such a great place to live. email Bob at: “bbrister@wildearthguardians.org” or call: 801.466.4056.

Photo courtesy of Wild Earth Guardians

These charismatic canids were eradicated from the American West by the mid-1900s at the behest of the livestock industry.  Science now tells us that wolves are critical to the health of the landscapes that they inhabit. WildEarth Guardians uses a variety of tools, including policy advocacy, public education and litigation to advance the cause of weaving wolves back into the heart of the American West.

In the Southern Rocky Mountains (i.e. south central Wyoming, western Colorado and north central New Mexico), we are working to foment the recovery of gray wolves.  Science shows the region could host over 1,000 wolves, but reintroduction may be necessary to jump start recovery. We think that Rocky Mountain National Park and surrounding federal lands, totaling about over two million acres, could provide a strong foothold for wolves in the Southern Rockies.

In the Gila Bioregion of southwestern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona, we strive to ensure that Mexican wolves flourish, in the face of illegal killings and government removals. Working to rekindle and protect the tiny population of Mexican wolves in the Southwest, WildEarth Guardians has joined with other groups to launch www.mexicanwolves.org.

To make the West safe for wolves, WildEarth Guardians is working to:
1.  Restore an ecologically effective wolf population to the Southern Rockies, through litigation and public outreach.
2.  Obtain full recovery of the Mexican wolf in the Gila, through litigation and voluntary retirement of grazing permits on federal land.
3.  Protect wolves throughout the West from the dangers of trapping, shooting, and predator control devices.
4.  Connect one million people with wolves in a way that engages them in letter writing, rally attending activism.

With a little help from their human friends and freedom from persecution, wolves can once again work their ecological magic in the West.

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