With the news of wolves being shot in the Rocky Mountain states, people want to understand the history, benefits, and threats to not just wolves but the Endangered Species Act in general.
Winchester, ID (PRWEB) May 21, 2011
The Wolf Education and Research Center (WERC) opens on Memorial Day 2011 weekend for it’s 15th consecutive season, offering visitors and tourists the unique opportunity to view living wolves on their three hundred acre sanctuary.
Located in the pristine North Central Idaho wilderness, WERC greets thousands of visitors each year who travel to the small mountain town to get close to real wolves living in as natural a setting possible. Additionally, visitors learn about the widely discussed and politically divisive debate surrounding their restoration and survival. Guests can enjoy several miles of interpretive trails that makes WERC a favorite destination for travelers.
WERC was formed in the 1996, in the early days of wolf recovery, by a handful of volunteers and naturalists associated with a local Idaho filmmaker. These volunteers created WERC and adopted the subjects of two well-known documentaries. The wolves were named the Sawtooth Pack: Wolves of the Nez Perce, and relocated to 300 acres on Nez Perce tribal land outside Winchester, Idaho, reputed to be home to the largest enclosure of its kind in North America. WERC has enjoyed nearly two decades of outreach to photography clubs, regional schools, has trained more than a hundred interns, and greeted more than thirty thousand visitors at their North Central Idaho Visitor’s Center. They have collaborated with agencies ranging from the National Park Service to the Owyhee County Sheriff in bringing education and information to the public.
Executive Director Chris Anderson shares "We're excited about this season. Not only are we seeing early signs that there will be record regional traffic to the sanctuary but already we're receiving requests to visit from as far away as Australia and Europe." Anderson continues "With the news of wolves being shot in the Rocky Mountain states, people want to understand the history, benefits, and threats to not just wolves but the Endangered Species Act in general. That's where our staff shines."
2011 is an especially meaningful year as WERC celebrates their 15 Year Anniversary in high fashion with an summer event boasting the expertise of speakers that include former Nez Perce Wolf Recovery representative Curt Mack, alongside authors, artists, and other outdoors enthusiasts. The event on July 15 & 16 can be read about by visiting WERC's website at http://www.wolfcenter.org.