01 – Defining the problem
When it comes to wolves, can we find a shared vision for the future?


In the western United States, wolves represent many things to many people. To some, wolves are a symbol of wildness. To others, wolves represent a very real threat to their livelihoods and well-being. Join us as we explore how people’s values impact how they think about wolves. When it comes to wolves, can we find a shared vision for the future?

Links and References from Defining the Problem

Aldo Leopold’s land ethic

Mr. Pat O’Toole testifies on drought before Senate Energy Committee

A good place to start for background information about wolves

Oregon ranchers turn to bigger dogs to protect livestock from wolves, featuring Kim Kerns

Robert Bonnie’s paper: Understanding Rural Attitudes Toward the Environment and Conservation in America

On Land magazine’s Humans of the Working Wild series

Conservation professionals agree on challenges to coexisting with large carnivores but not on solutions

The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt on Bookshop.org

Jonathan Haidt and the Moral Matrix: Breaking Out of Our Righteous Minds from Scientific American


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Wolf watchers atop a hillside in Yellowstone National Park in 2022. Photo by Zach Altman.

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