The Maine Wolf Coalition, Inc.

Canadian Wildlife Biologist Sophie Czetwertynski holding radio-collared wolf pups in Quebec’s Laurentide Reserve.   The Reserve may serve as a source population for wolves in the northeast U.S. if they are allowed to survive and disperse.
In August 1993 a bear hunter from Pennsylvania shot and killed a young female wolf as she came in to feed on bear bait in the north Maine woods.  The killing of this animal demonstrated the very real possibility that wolves are attempting to recolonize the northeast U.S. after an apparent absence of nearly a century. 

The Maine Wolf Coalition was founded in 1994 to support wolf recovery in Maine through research, education and protection.  Through this website we are seeking to educate the public, wildlife professionals and government officials by gathering and disseminating evidence that natural wolf recovery in the northeast is not only possible, but that it will happen if we only let the wolves survive.

Photo Left: Canadian Wildlife Biologist Sophie Czetwertynski holding radio-collared wolf pups in Quebec’s Laurentide Reserve. The Reserve may serve as a source population for wolves in the northeast U.S. if they are allowed to survive and disperse.

 

MWC Testifies in Opposition to Sunday Hunting for Coyotes

Dead Coyotes after a Hunt

On April 7, 2015, MWC president John Glowa testified before the Maine Legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee in opposition of L.D. 691-An Act to Allow Sunday Hunting for Coyotes in Northern Maine.  The committee disregarded our testimony that, in fact, Maine’s “coyotes” cannot legally be hunted or trapped because it is not a coyote, but is rather by statutory definition, a wolf hybrid.  There is no legal definition for “coyote” in Maine statutes.  The supporters of the legislation maligned Maine’s “coyotes” and provided no scientific evidence to support killing these animals seven days a week, instead of the six days a week currently allowed.  Our testimony is shown below. Read the rest of this entry »

2015 Fund Raising Campaign Launched

MWC started in 1994 as an all-volunteer organization.  We remain that way today.  Although we operate on a shoestring budget, there are expenses, the biggest of which is this website which allows us to get the message of northeast wolf recovery around the globe.  In 2015, we hope to raise $2,000 which will allow us to purchase a digital projector, laptop, screen and perhaps a sound system to give power point presentations around the state and maybe elsewhere as time permits.  Once we reach our goal and purchase the equipment, we will put photos of the equipment on our website.  Here is one photo from our presentation. Read the rest of this entry »

Looking for Wolves

As we wait for the USFWS decision regarding delisting gray wolves in the northeast and declaring the eastern wolf to be the one wolf species native to the northeast, MWC continues to look for wolves that science and physical evidence tell us are here. We recently received a report of a large canid no more than ten miles from where a wolf was killed in eastern Maine in 1996. MWC went to the site of the report, placed a trail camera with scent bait, and collected a scat for possible later DNA analysis. We plan to leave the camera in place until deep snows prevent us from retrieving it. We know that one or more large canids uses the trail on which the camera is located, based upon the size and location of the scat. See photo of the animal’s tracks. The dollar bill is approximately six inches long. Read the rest of this entry »