AMAROQ WEISS, WEST COAST WOLF ADVOCATE
CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
“Wolf Recovery in Yellowstone National Park:
Restoration, Renaissance and Requiem”
March 14, 7 -9 pm, In the Gallery
About the Presentation:
Yellowstone National Park is the only place in the Lower 48 United States where today there exist the full suite of predators and prey that were present when European explorers landed on these shores. This hasn’t always been the case. From the 1600’s onwards, settlers making their way west slaughtered wolves and then the U.S. government in the late 1800’s-early 1900’s conducted a wolf eradication program that drove wolves to near-extinction throughout the Lower 48, including in Yellowstone National Park where its last wolves were killed in 1926. After the passage of the federal Endangered Species Act in 1973 and the listing of the gray wolf under the Act in 1974, wolves were successfully restored to the Park in the mid-1990’s and the wolf population has since flourished there. As a protected area safe from human exploitation or killing of wildlife, Yellowstone has been an unparalleled outdoor laboratory for researchers to learn about wolf biology, behavior and ecology and the species’ key role in wild nature. Even the Park’s wolves, however, face danger as soon as they set a paw outside of the invisible boundary of the Park.
In this evening presentation by guest speaker Amaroq Weiss, we will learn about the history of wolf restoration to Yellowstone, the remarkable advancements in scientific understanding of wolves and their key ecological role, the stories of some of the Park’s most famous wolves, and the challenges that still face even this revered population of animals.
About the Speaker:
Amaroq Weiss is the West Coast Wolf Advocate for the Center for Biological Diversity. A biologist and former attorney, Amaroq has worked on wolf issues in the northern Rockies, Alaska, the Southwest, Pacific West and at the Federal level, for 21 years. She was a stakeholder/advisor for the drafting of Oregon and California’s state wolf plans, and currently focuses on wolf management by state wildlife agencies, commissions and legislatures in Washington, Oregon and California. Amaroq has previously worked for the Mexican Wolf Conservation Fund, Defenders of Wildlife and the California Wolf Center. She holds a B.S. from Iowa State University, an M.S. from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a J.D. from University of California Hastings College of the Law. The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.