Places for Wolves

Defenders’ overarching goal is to have multiple, resilient wolf populations thriving throughout their former habitat. We will keep pressing for restoration and recovery in unoccupied areas suitable for wolves and for continued progress and facilitation of natural dispersal in areas where recovery is underway.

We know from extensive experience that providing science-based tools, techniques and information is the key to resolving conflicts among stakeholders over wolf management and to fostering a transition from hostility toward wolves to a broader mindset of active stewardship of the land for all wildlife, including predators.

With this transformative approach and our ambitious plan of action, Defenders will continue to be an advocate for wolves on the ground, in the courts and in the halls of Congress. We will be ready to navigate the twists and turns and roadblocks ahead on the road to full recovery of our native wolf species in the lower 48 states.

Predators play a fundamental role in maintaining ecosystem health, and research strongly supports the contributions of wolves in particular to the functioning and stability of the overall landscape.
Native American cultures have long seen the wolf as both a powerful animal and a source of inspiration.
Wolves may not be typically thought of as a source of income, but they can provide significant economic benefits.