Wolves testing bison in Yellowstone.The last wild wolf in the Southern Rockies was killed in southern Colorado in 1945. That event marked the end of a 70-year war on wolves in the region — a war won only after Congress dedicated an entire federal agency to the task of wolf eradication.
Notably, the fact that it took such a concerted effort to extirpate wolves from the region bodes well for the effort to return these top-level carnivores to their critical role in the wild.
Sinapu is dedicated to raising public awareness of the critical role that predators, especially wolves, play in the wild. Our education and outreach programs reach many thousands of adults and children each year. As public awareness about the myths and realities of wolves grows, so to does support for wolf restoration. In fact, a recent independent survey of voters in the region showed that two-thirds of them support reintroducing wolves to the Southern Rockies (click here for more information).
Today, we are more committed than ever to building the constituency for wolves within communities traditionally considered hostile to predators — and we’re gaining ground. Both through our rural outreach programs, and through promotion of “Predator Friendly” ranching techniques, we’re bridging the gap between ranchers and wolf huggers.
The Big Ripple
What do wolves have to do with Aspen trees? To find out, dowload a copy of this groundbreaking report from University of Oregon professor William Ripple by clicking here.