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Subscribe to our Blog, Newsletter, and Social Media to be informed of latest events, news, and information about wolves and other wild carnivores, including our new series titled, “Canines, Carnivores, and Conservation.”

What is Wildlife Telemetry?

Wildlife Telemetry is when scientists place devices on wild animals to track their movements and behaviors. The information gathered from doing this helps us get a better understanding of a species’ behavior, their migratory patterns, where they spend most of their time, etc. This can help us make better decisions regarding their habitat – a good example is whether or not we can thin part of a forest to help against wildfires without hurting a species that lives there.

How do dogs help with Eurasian oystercatcher conservation? 

Coastal wetlands are important habitats for many bird species.  Additionally, these marshes filter sediment from waterways and absorb floodwaters, both of which are major benefits to humans living near the coast.  Unfortunately, industrial and residential development threatens coastal wetlands around the world.  Rising seas caused by climate warming add yet another stress upon these important ecosystems. 

Canine Deep Dive: Golden Retrievers

These dogs were originally bred for retrieving for hunters. This history means they are the kind of dog that loves having a job to do and needs a decent amount of exercise to keep them happy. Walking, jogging, fetch, or dog sports like agility will keep them happy and focused.

They are Golden Retrievers.

What is Carrying Capacity?

It’s the balance between wildlife and the resources their habitats provide. It is defined as, “the average population density…of a species below which its numbers tend to increase and above which its numbers tend to decrease because of shortages of resources.”

And it’s balance is essential to healthy ecosystems.

Let’s Chat About Sea Lions!

California Sea Lions are classified as of Least Concern, according to the IUCN, with a population trend that’s increasing. Threats to these sea lions are orcas, great white sharks, and human activity.

What’s the difference between essential and nonessential experimental populations?

When talking about recovery actions for species and conservation efforts, you’ve probably heard the term nonessential experimental population thrown around. What does that mean? And more importantly, what does it mean for the species that are labeled with it?

Why Are Pit Bulls Considered Bad?

Pit bulls have a bad reputation that they constantly need to try to disprove. Many people think that pit bulls are always aggressive dogs that need to be avoided at all costs. However, studies have shown that pit bulls have stable temperaments and many pit bull owners have found that their dogs are loving, affectionate, energetic members of the family.

How Important Are Mussels to Their Environment?

Mussels are very important invertebrates that provide tremendous benefits to their environments. However, many of them face threats and are protected by the Endangered Species Act. Mussels are important because they filter the water they’re in. They improve water quality and provide food for other animals in the rivers they live in. They also are a good indicator if something is going wrong in their waters.

Check Out Long-Billed Curlews!

Long-Billed Curlews are the largest members of the sandpiper family and are rare birds. A lot of their ideal breeding habitat has been lost and although they were once hunted, their populations are currently steady.

How Important is Dental Hygiene for Your Dog?

Dogs are at risk for periodontal disease. Most dogs will have early signs of it by the time they are three years old. Without treatment, things can get worse and affect their kidneys, liver, and heart.

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WERC has produced two feature length films in the Great Predator Debate Series and working on our final installment to complete the trio. Viewed by thousands worldwide, this important civics course not only tells the stories of the Sawtooth and Owyhee Packs but delves into the complex subject of preserving carnivores in the face of human progress and expansion. Hear from State wildlife managers, Native American representatives, and recreation enthusiasts who all have a stake in the outcome of this important discussion.  

  • The Great Predator Debate: A Predator’s Dilemma
  • The Great Predator Debate: A Nation’s Dilemma
  • The Great Predator Debate: A Nation’s Dilemma (Classroom Version)
  • The Great Predator Debate: A Nation’s Resolve (In Progress)

View The Great Predator Debate Classroom Edition Here For Free


In the American Southwest, a unique species of wolf unlike any other is making a comeback. Considered extinct nearly 40 years ago, the little known Mexican gray wolf has slowly pulled back from the very brink — against all odds. From a founding population of just seven animals, this species has slowly grown to a current wild population of approximately 100, only to face a new threat from within: its own genetics. As part of a bold recovery mission, one lone wolf is given a chance to offer new hope for the survival of her species. In telling this story, narrated by Chris Morgan, “Gray Area” explores whether there can be a balanced and sustainable future where ranchers, conservationists, locals, and biologists alike can coexist with this apex predator. 


Choose from a selection of short videos produced to inform viewers on an aspect of wolf biology. 


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