National Wolf Awareness Week Highlights Efforts to Restore & Protect Wolves

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(10/20/1997) - This week -- beginning October 20, 1997 -- is National Wolf Awareness Week. Ambassador wolves are touring New York and New England to promote restoration of the predators to the Adirondacks, while various events are taking place in other states including Arizona, where wolves will be reintroduced early next year. The culmination of the week will be the airing of a wolf documentary on The Discovery Channel on October 27.

Defenders of Wildlife President Rodger Schlickeisen says that wolf week marks the fact that, "After centuries of trying to exterminate the wolf and nearly succeeding, this country has taken a remarkable turnaround. The movement to restore and protect wolves in Yellowstone and other places shows that we have the ability to learn from our mistakes." He added that, "By celebrating the wolf's comeback during National Wolf Awareness Week, we celebrate our willingness to become better stewards of all living creatures and of the environment we pass on to future generations. America's recent pro-wolf record would astound our ancestors, but it will make our children proud."

Defenders noted for the record:

In 1995 and 1996, wolves were reintroduced in Yellowstone National Park and central Idaho.

Wolf reintroduction in Arizona is scheduled for early 1998.

Trumping their own legislature, Alaskans one year ago passed a ballot initiative outlawing same-day airborne' wolf hunting.

Serious consideration is being given to returning wolves to New York's Adirondack Park.

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have just approved an environmental impact study of possible wolf restoration to Olympic National Park in Washington.

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Cat Lazaroff, (202) 772-3270

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