In January of this year, Wolf Scout members of the LARC Wolfguard team volunteered to go into the wilds of North America and protect the wild wolf. This dangerous but necessary action put our returning combat veterans in the remote wilderness standing between a hunter and a wolf. For our first mission in 2016, the Wolfguard team set out to the Bitterroot Valley outside of Darby, Montana with the intention of standing between the wolves and the hunters. An average of 45 wolves are brutally and unnecessarily murdered each year in the Bitterroot Valley by these inhumane hunters.
Our team intended on protecting the wild wolves of the Bitterroot by creating a human shield, knowing full well there could be conflict. The hunters and/or wolf killers decided to shift their focus from hunting wolves to hunting the WolfGuard team, and in doing so our mission was much more successful than even we could have planned. In 2014, 45 wolves from across the United States who choose to feed and find new partners in the Bitterroot lost their lives to hunters and trappers. In 2016 with the Wolfguard team present, only 2 wolves lost their lives, even after extending the hunting period by more than 25 days. Additionally, we found and documented numerous illegal traps set by hunters, furthering the goals of our campaign and distracting the hunters’ attention from the wolves to our Wolfguard team.
The Wolfguard campaign to protect wolves in the wilds of North America is vital because it brings to light the inhumane slaughter of wolves and the misrepresentation of the wolf in parts of our culture. The slaughter of the wolf in these remote towns is fear-driven. The pseudo logic used does not add up and the science behind the argument is false. Wolves are an intricate part of the ecosystem, and their slaughter and/or removal from that system could result in the collapse of the entire ecosystem.
This call to action in the wilds of North America to protect the wolf also protects the beaver, the hawk, squirrel, the tree frog, and the water waves, because the Apex predator in that environment is responsible for the balance of the ecosystem.