Western Wildlife Outreach programs promote a science-based understanding for safe coexistence between human communities and the Pacific Northwest’s four large carnivores: black bear, grizzly bear, cougar and gray wolf.
Western Wildlife Outreach got its start as the Grizzly Bear Outreach Project, an independent science-based, community education project founded in 2002 by Chris Morgan in the North Cascades of Washington state. From there our work expanded to the Selkirk Ecosystem of northeastern Washington and Northwestern Idaho. These two areas were identified by scientists working to implement the Endangered Species Act as having the best chance for recovering grizzly bear populations in Washington.
Since then, Western Wildlife Outreach has expanded our mission to include the other large carnivores – black bears, cougars and gray wolves. WWO works with our partners to provide science-based information to community groups about the ecology, biology, and behavior of these species and the low level of risk associated with living with them. By engaging communities in long-term wildlife and habitat stewardship activities, WWO programs foster an appreciation for the large carnivore’s niche in maintaining ecosystem health, providing critical context and links to other environmental recovery efforts happening throughout Washington state.
The following one-minute video was made for Give Big 2017. Five years later we are still doing the same work, continually inspired by future generations to keep doing so. This year WWO seeks to raise $25,000 to help with costs for two outreach events, a reprinting of our Wolf Identification Brochures, and trail cam project support on the Olympic Peninsula and North Cascades foothills. Donations are accepted all year. THANK YOU for your support.