Wolves In The Empire State: I Love New York

Wolf Week Events In New York Open To The Public

(10/19/1998) - Defenders of Wildlife and a pair of "Ambassador Wolves" will have a howling good time as they celebrate Wolf Awareness Week in New York, October 19-26. The team will visit school children around the state to teach them about wolf restoration efforts in New York State and elsewhere in the United States.

Ambassador wolves Sila and Merlin, from the Mission:Wolf refuge in Colorado, will treat school children to the story of the plight of their ancestors. Defenders says the socialized and media-savvy wolves will provide education and entertainment for their audiences while teaching respect and dignity for all things wild and free.

The 1998 "I Love New York Wolf Tour" will kick off tonight with a visit to St. Joseph's Hall Auditorium at the College of St. Rose, 985 Madison Avenue in Albany at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free and program seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Mission:Wolf tour will continue through New York with stops in Utica, Baldwinsville, Ithica, Seneca Falls, and more (see attached schedule).

Defenders of Wildlife President Rodger Schlickeisen and Senior Program Associate Nina Fascione will be featured speakers at the Wolves and Human Communities conference in New York City on October 21. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the conference will focus on the biology, ethics, and politics of wolf conservation. Highlights will include Defenders of Wildlife's wolf compensation fund, which reimburses ranchers for losses in cases of livestock predation by wolves, and the Adirondacks Citizen Advisory Committee, which addresses the interests and concerns of local residents about possible wolf reintroduction in Adirondack Park.

Once common from New England to Minnesota, the eastern timber wolf was systematically eradicated from its original range by bounty hunters in the 1800s. Missing from the Northeast since the turn of the century, the wolf is now being protected under provisions of the Endangered Species Act. Based on preliminary examinations, the Adirondack wilderness seems to meet all of the requirements for wolf recovery, such as heavy forestation and a low human population density. Just as the recent successful reintroduction of wolves benefitted Yellowstone, the ecological health of the Adirondacks can only benefit from the return of the wolves, creating a win-win situation for all involved.

The "I Love New York" Wolf Tour and Wolf Awareness Week Events
October 19 Defenders of Wildlife Program: College of St. Rose, Albany, NY 7:00 p.m., Free, first-come, first-served
October 23 Beaver Lake Nature Center, Baldwinsville, NY 2:00, 6:00 and 8:30 p.m., $5.00 charge, reservations required
October 24 Beaver Lake Nature Center, Baldwinsville, NY 11:00 a.m., 3:00 and 5:30 p.m., $5.00, reservations
October 26 Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 7:00 p.m., Free, tickets must be picked up in advance at Willard Straight Hall
October 28 Helmer Nature Center, Irondequoit, NY 7:00 p.m., $5.00 charge, reservations required
October 29 & 30 Genosse Nature Center, Mumford, NY 7:30 p.m., $4.00 charge, reservations required
October 31 Buffalo Museum of Science, Buffalo, NY 11:30 a.m and 3:00 p.m., $5.25 adults and $3.25 students and seniors

**Additional information can be obtained by calling Defenders of Wildlife at 202-682-9400 x315.

Information about the Wolves and Human Communities conference on Biology, Politics and Ethics can be obtained by calling 202-682-9400 x221.



Ken Goldman, 202-682-9400 x221
Nina Fascione, 202-441-5643 Mobile (Program)