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Hello From the Pacific Wolf Coalition!

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Fellow Supporters of Pacific West Wolf Recovery,

Welcome to the world of wolf recovery! Thank you for sharing your interest in the work of the Pacific Wolf Coalition (PWC) and our efforts to promote and support wolf recovery here in the Pacific West. Your interest alone provides a voice to the cause – a voice for wolves. Whether you’re interested in learning about wolves and their habits, searching for local groups that support wolf recovery or you’re interested in actively raising your voice to state and federal representatives in support of wolf recovery, the PWC is grateful for your time and involvement, however it unfolds.
 
This has been a year of transitions for the Pacific Wolf Coalition, so we appreciate your patience. I’m the new Coalition Coordinator and my goal is to now provide these action alerts monthly to keep you informed and engaged about what’s happening throughout California, Oregon and Washington. So, let’s get started: 

Who exactly is the Pacific Wolf Coalition?
 
If you haven’t had a chance to visit our website, www.pacificwolves.org, I strongly encourage you to do so. Open all the tabs, choose one or two you really connect with, peruse the photos, or visit our member organization list and see how many diverse and unique organizations make up our coalition. In a nutshell, the Pacific Wolf Coalition is an alliance of over 25 member organizations and individuals working together toward restoring wolves in the Pacific West. We hold a common vision where wolves once again play a positive, meaningful, and sustainable role on the landscape and in our culture.

How are the wolves and where are the wolves?
 
2015 was perhaps one of the most important and interesting years for wolf recovery in the Pacific West. The exciting news is that we now have wolf packs in Washington, Oregon and California. With the close of 2015 upon us, let’s take a look at what happened this year. Here’s a re-cap:

  • April 2015: Pacific Wolf Coalition shared a group press release and public comments regarding the potential delisting of wolves in Oregon
  • July 2015: Wolf OR-7 (a.k.a. “Journey”), alpha male of the Rogue Pack in Oregon, sires a second litter of pups
  • August 2015: California welcomes home a new wolf pack, the Shasta pack for the first time in nearly a century
  • November 2015: Washington welcomes home another wolf pack, the Loup Loup pack
  • November 2015: The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission votes to remove statewide protections for wolves in Oregon
  • December 2015: This month, the U.S. Senate must pass the federal budget, but included within the spending and appropriations bill are policy riders that will undermine the Endangered Species Act (ESA) 
The immediate threat to the Endangered Species Act is perhaps where we need your help most.The U.S. Senate must vote to pass the upcoming federal budget along with the spending and appropriations bill. These must-pass bills fund our government, but the policy riders written within these bills will weaken or ultimately remove wildlife protections under the ESA. So, what exactly is a policy rider? Riders are an additional provision added to a bill as a tactical way of passing a controversial provision that may not otherwise pass on its own. The Obama Administration needs to know the impact these riders will have on wildlife protection.Follow this link for more information: http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/o/2167/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=17398
 
What else can I do to help? How do I get involved?

1. Visit the PWC Website and “like” us on Facebook: www.pacificwolves.org and www.facebook.com/pacificwolves.
2. Write and/or call your local, state and federal representatives to voice your concerns and share why you support wolf recovery efforts. Use PWC’s Action Toolkit link to learn more and to see the contact information for your state and federal offices: http://www.pacificwolves.org/action-toolkit/.
Again, we are grateful to you for staying connected with the work and progress of the Pacific Wolf Coalition. Your interest in wolves and their protection aligns so well not just with the mission and vision of the Pacific Wolf Coalition, but all of the 25+ member organizations are a part of the Coalition for this very reason.

Whether you’re in California, Oregon or Washington or elsewhere, I would encourage you to spend some time researching the efforts of these individual organizations to determine ways you can become more directly involved in your own state or regionally. We appreciate your own commitment and dedication to this cause. You are the voice for wolves when they can’t speak on their own behalf.  
 
From all of us at the Pacific Wolf Coalition, we wish you and your families a peaceful and safe holiday season.
 
Kind regards,
 
Lindsay
Coordinator, Pacific Wolf Coalition
coordinator@pacificwolves.org
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