Indians living in America before the early settlers arrived co-existed with approximately 250,000-300,000 wolves roaming the land. They wrote about and drew pictures of wolves, demonstrating how wolves had been integrated into their lives and culture. However, as settlers began occupying more and more land, wolves were considered a dangerous threat.
To the editor:
Wolves are coming to the Marine Museum to meet the public. It’s an opportunity for you to see wolves close up, although it wasn’t that long ago that holding such an event might have been impossible.
More than one hundred years ago, the U.S. government took steps to control the wolf population, even to the point of eradication. President Theodore Roosevelt called the wolf “the beast of waste and destruction.” The battle was on and hunters killed as many as they could to collect bounties.
In 1974, the gray wolf became protected under the Endangered Species Act, enabling its population to grow. Unfortunately, many wolves are currently living in captivity. Some do not survive to maturity due to inadequate care and the difficulties of raising a wolf in captivity. Because of this, a refuge named Mission: Wolf was established in Colorado to provide rescued wolves with as natural a life as it can. All employees, including the Executive Director, are unpaid volunteers.
Mission: Wolf “has an Ambassador Program which travels across the United States twice each year. Founders Kent Weber and Tracy Brooks walk live wolves onto college campuses and into elementary school classrooms. We do educational programs in public parks and other community spaces. Our audiences can meet a wolf face to face during our programs: a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
The wolves will be visiting the Marine Museum on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m.. The public is invited. Come meet the wolves, hear them howl, and enjoy an experience you’ll never forget.
For more information, visit its web site: www.missionwolf.com.
(For the Marine Museum at Fall River.)