About Wolves

As a keystone species, gray wolves play an essential role in maintaining healthy, biologically diverse wild ecosystems.

Yet, these majestic icons of the wilderness were hunted down virtually everywhere they existed in the lower forty-eight states. Wolves and wolf pups were shot, trapped, poisoned, strangled, bludgeoned, dug from their dens, tracked with dogs, mounted on walls, and stuffed for decoration until only a few hundred wolves persisted — their voices silenced across 99% of their ancestral lands.

A reversal of government policy from eradication to restoration rescued wolves from the brink of extinction, protected them under federal law, and enabled them a slow recovery. But, the clock has been turned back — the very wolf populations our nation worked so hard to restore are again being destroyed. Anti-wolf laws and policies enacted by individual states are allowing trophy hunters, armed with modern technology, to turn wilderness areas held in public trust for all of us into killing fields.

Fortunately, people across America respect wolves' rightful place in nature. We are determined to change laws and stop the killing. The 06 Legacy welcomes you on a journey of learning and appreciation for the history, beauty and majesty of wolves. Most of all, we hope that you will be with us in the fight to protect America's gray wolves.

Ellen Goff/Danita Delimont/Alamy Stock Photo

Forest of Wolf Facts

Midterm Elections

Midterm elections have a significant impact on the way government works. Winners' determine who makes decisions about wolves in the U.S. Congress and within each state. This election is our chance to keep wolves safe! What can we do?

  • We need to vote! This election is determined by the popular vote. Less than 5% of the U.S. population are hunters. Yet, this small minority has created wolf policy for the majority of us.
  • We need to support those who fight for wolves! Congressional members from the Senate (21 US senators) and House (78 members) support emergency relisting to restore federal protections.
  • We need to change state wolf policy! Where wolves are delisted, state governments have control. Governors and state legislatures determine the fate of wolves.

Show up and be a voice for wolves! We are here to help with 06 Paws Up endorsements for pro-wolf candidates:

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