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About the California Wolf Center

"A wolf just wants to be a wolf; to do what wolves do…hunt, find a mate, raise pups, go on a walkabout, exist in family life and just be. Yet where the great burden is one of ‘saint and sinner’ - an urban symbol of wildness, a rural pause in angst, a political instrument for those who love and those who hate, a ‘tool’ used for fundraising or targeted and blamed in mountains abundant with prey that for some will never be enough. I am here in part to finish the work I began. This requires ceaseless diligence, willingness to get into the trenches, and selflessly investing in wolves, livestock and people. California Wolf Center is doing just that, and that’s why I want to be involved, to work with you, to finish the job.” - Timmothy Kaminski, wildlife biologists, coexistence expert and CWC partner

Our Vision

The success of wolf recovery is commonly defined solely by population numbers. However, this does not consider the polarizing controversy, on-going conflicts, and use of lethal control as a standard management tool for wolves. In comprehensive terms, we have not yet achieved true wild wolf recovery. For California Wolf Center “success” is defined by:

  • Wolves’ ability to survive peacefully
  • Thriving responsible ranching communities stewarding open space
  • Diverse communities coming together in understanding, respect and support
  • Bonnie Mcdonald

    Our Mission

    The California Wolf Center is dedicated to the recovery of wolves in the wildlands they once roamed. We envision a landscape where wolves thrive in healthy ecosystems and wolves and people successfully coexist.

    We recognize that to make wolf recovery possible on today’s landscape, ranchers living with wolves and stewarding our open spaces are a key part of the effort. The California Wolf Center is an advocate for ranchers who are the conscious stewards of open space where wildlife, including wolves, can live - providing benefits to the land and wildlife through their grazing practices while protecting it from development.

    Bonnie Mcdonald

    How You Can Help

    The California Wolf Center is completely funded by people like you. Wild wolf recovery is not something we can accomplish alone, we need your support to make our vision a reality! Donate today and forever know that you made a difference for wolves in the wild. Want to be a supporter for the long haul? You now have the opportunity to make monthly donations to the California Wolf Center, becoming a critical part of our family. You can also join our pack by becoming a California Wolf Center member today!

    Our Team

    The California Wolf Center consists of a diverse group of people throughout California who all share one common goal; to recover wolves in the wild. Volunteers, staff, interns and the board of directors work closely to ensure the stability of our mission and longevity of our vision. Join our team and become a volunteer today! See our passionate staff and board of directors here.

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