As a sanctuary for wolves to live out their lives, LARC hires returning combat veterans to care for them. This work therapy program that facilitates their recovery from wounds both physical, emotional, and spiritual. This program is known as “Warriors and Wolves,” and both species, the wolf and the human, engage in mutually beneficial healing – as both species have undergone sometimes unbearable trauma. As wolves and veterans bond, veteran come to realize that they may have fought for their country once before but now their “country” means something larger and perhaps even more important. As veterans identify with the wolves in their care they feel a broader identification with the natural world and therefore a desire to protect it. Thus, was born the WolfGuard Campaign.
With the de-listing of the wolf and unchecked trapping practices on the rise, wolf kills in the US has reached an untenable height. This has drawn the WolfGuard Team into action on the ground. The only way to change how the wolf is treated on public lands is by inserting our Warriors to monitor wolf trapping and taking action when required to protect this majestic creature. Hunters are baiting wolves outside national park boundaries, running wolves with hounds, and shooting wolves from trucks and hunt cabins along the wolf’s natural route outside the park and this must be stopped.
The WolfGuard Team inserts its combat Veterans into the wilds of North America to document the atrocity. The public is unaware of the tortured death these animals suffer since most of this slaughter occurs in the dense forest away from the public eye. WolfGuard will bring the wolf’s pain to the public. It is time to protect the wolf where they live.
LARC plans to impact public trophy wolf hunting, canned wolf hunts, and illegal trapping by reducing the number of wolves killed, making hunting wolves an event no longer hidden from the public eye, and persuading the public to support legislation that ends wolf hunting and trapping in the United States.
Our work will not stop until the wolf is safe from destruction by those who misunderstand the vital nature of the wolf in our ecosystems.