Education and Outreach Efforts in Support of Wolf Conservation in the Great Lakes Region

  • Pamela S. Troxell
  • Karlyn Atkinson Berg
  • Holly Jaycox
  • Andrea Lorek Strauss
  • Peggy Struhsacker
  • Peggy Callahan

19.1 Introduction

A key component to the recovery of gray wolves (Canis lupus) in the Great Lakes region has been educational efforts about wolves done within the region. All four US Wolf Recovery Plans include recommendations to use public education to promote wolf conservation (Fritts et al. 2003). The importance of education also surfaced as a key component of the initial recovery plan for wolves in Wisconsin (Thiel and Valen 1995), and continued to be an important aspect of all wolf management plans in the Great Lakes region. The objective presentation of wolves is considered necessary by most wolf biologists for sustaining recovery (Fritts et al. 2003). Agencies responsible for wolf recovery have been involved in promoting wolf conservation, but have also relied heavily on nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and volunteers.

In this chapter, we discuss the changing attitudes toward wolves in the Great Lakes region, and examine how education has responded and helped change those...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pamela S. Troxell
    • 1
  • Karlyn Atkinson Berg
    • 2
  • Holly Jaycox
    • 3
  • Andrea Lorek Strauss
    • 4
  • Peggy Struhsacker
    • 5
  • Peggy Callahan
    • 6
  1. 1.Timber Wolf AllianceSigurd Olson Environmental Institute, Northland CollegeAshlandUSA
  2. 2.Wolf/predator conservation consultant to HSUSBovey
  3. 3.Wolf ParkBattle GroundUSA
  4. 4.International Wolf CenterElyUSA
  5. 5.National Wildlife FederationMontpelierUSA
  6. 6.Wildlife Science CenterForest Lake

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