✓ Advance access to chapters of a book as I write them on the tension between managing wolves in humanized landscapes and our desire to keep them wild.
✓ Bonus materials that won’t appear in the book.
✓ Breaking news about wolves and wolf policy.
✓ Dispatches, photography and video from the field as I report on wolves in the wilderness and in developed lands.
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But the world changed while they were away. Today, wild wolves are bumping up against the tame landscape we’ve built in their absence, and scientists are just figuring out how much to let them cross boundaries.
How should wolves be kept away from livestock? What should be done if wolves mate with domestic dogs? How many wolves, if any, should we collar or otherwise track? Can wolves live near or even in cities?
My stories — which I will turn into a book — will use this tension to explore why and how humans continue to value wildness so highly in a world increasingly tamed, managed and humanized.
One wolf tracker I interviewed says, “I am not sure there is a place for the wolf except in the back of beyond. They are Pleistocene beasts. They will never be a crow or even a coyote, at home rustling through human trash at the edge of town.” What I want to know, what I still don’t know, is whether this is truth or legend talking. After all, from myth to fairy tales, the wolf is a potent and complex presence in human culture.
I plan to travel to visit wolves and the scientists who study them in Michigan, the Rockies, Canada, Europe and here in Oregon, where I live.
OR7 became famous in 2011 when he left his pack in northeastern Oregon and walked over 1,000 miles to California, becoming the first wild wolf in the state since 1923. We know of his journey because government scientists had fitted him with a GPS-tracking collar as a young wolf. His long jaunt became a spectator sport and he became an unwitting celebrity. Recently, he found a mate and had pups, becoming Alpha male of the first wolf pack on the West Coast.
Collared but free, protected by humans but unaware of them, famous but hidden, this pack contains all the contradictions of the 21st century wild wolf.
✓ Visit field sites where wolf research is underway and report on those projects from the ground.
✓ Attend conferences where experts share the latest findings in wolf biology, ecology, and policy.
✓ Carve out time to focus on the project and put the weekly freelance hustle on hold.
✓ Purchase a video camera.
(Image sources, from top to bottom: Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, ODFW, USFWS and Flickr/Bob Wick, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, California)
Timothy John Barlow
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My first story will be an essay that will serve as an introduction to my current thinking about the paradox of “wildlife management.” This should be posted in about a week. Then I’ll launch into reporting on new science and social developments, Q&A’s with experts and short bulletins on breaking wolf news.
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