Idaho Based Wolf Sanctuary Enters 20th Year With Exciting Lineup

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The Wolf Education & Research Center (WERC), known for caring for the Sawtooth Pack: Wolves of the Nez Perce depicted in filmmaker’s documentaries, celebrates milestone amidst heated debate about the species, announces celebrity lineup for annual event.

Wolves are a keystone species that are essential to Idaho and the surrounding region. Education about them is not optional.

Wolves have been howling just outside the remote town of Winchester, Idaho for over twenty years. These wolves, however, are not ones that find themselves in the cross-hairs of debate following their hundred year absence.

While controversy swirls throughout the state with varied attitudes toward the species, the local nonprofit formed in 1996 faces little argument to their mission to teach the science behind the survival of the species while working to resolve conflict through informative and dynamic outreaches, including the recent completion of their second documentary. “We’re excited to achieve this milestone in the face of seeming opposition. The reality is that many Idahoans share our objective to teach the facts about this species and avoid the social issues in place of science” states organization President Chris Anderson.

“We’ve honed a terrific and inclusive narrative over 20 years, a great partnership with many groups. WERC’s uniqueness, however, comes in the form of helping humans come face to face with our captive wolves to help them learn a wolf’s ecological role rather than common fairy tales, be they mystical or recreational. Wolves are a keystone species that are essential to Idaho and the surrounding region. Education about them is not optional.”

The Wolf Education and Research Center is located outside Winchester, Idaho on 300 acres of pristine Nez Perce tribal land known for its beauty and sacred history, a perfect sanctuary for wolves and humans alike. "We like to say we're about wolves, wilderness, and sanctuary. Come up and learn why!" WERC is open to the public between Memorial and Labor Day annually and by reservation.

In June, WERC will host a group of large carnivore and birds of prey experts, among them award winning grizzly bear ecologist Chris Morgan as Morgan keynotes the 10th Annual Wolf Camp Summer Celebration. The event draws audiences from across North America who come for the two night, one day event at Winchester Lake State Park, eager to connect profoundly with nature.

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