The Truth About Wolves

Sunday, March 22

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A presentation by independent wolf biologist Jay Mallonee of Wolf and Wildlife Studies

From post-traumatic stress in a captive wolf to breaching whales in the Bering Sea, Jay has studied the behavior of numerous animals. Since 1992, he has studied wolves in Montana, Michigan, Wyoming, Idaho, and Washington, including a 9-year study of the Fishtrap pack in NW Montana. Join him as he explores the world of wolves: their behavior and vital role in maintaining intact ecosystems, intelligence, and the controversy that surrounds the hunting and management of these animals.

Jay’s passion of researching animal behavior and intelligence has led to studies on a variety of species since 1977:  gray whales, bottlenose dolphins, orcas, Dall’s porpoise, rodents, Macaque monkeys, and wolves.  His 28 years of wolf research includes a nine year study of the Fishtrap pack in northwest Montana:  the longest behavioral study of wolves in Montana’s history outside of Yellowstone National Park.  In addition, a three year study of a wild wolf placed into captivity confirmed that she suffered from PTSD, resulting from the trauma of capture and subsequent confinement.  These and other experiences transformed his thoughts and actions into the nonprofit organization Wolf and Wildlife Studies to help educate the public about wolves, the environment, and the wildlife within it.  

As a scientist, Jay has also monitored the management of wolves in Montana since their management began and now in California as a consultant.  His published review of Montana’s wolf population data demonstrates that wildlife managers use flawed information to make management decisions and ignore science in the process.  Idaho and Wyoming do the same.  The result is the death of many hundreds of wolves every year, propelled by profit and convenience. Now that Washington has wolves, it remains to be seen if this state will adopt such a management system, and of wolves that are actually owned by the public. 

Jay Mallonee

As a writer, Jay publishes his scientific papers, and has written a variety of magazine and news articles about wildlife and animal behavior.  He also wrote the book Timber – A Perfect Life, an account of his sixteen year relationship with a profound canine companion.  Jay has taught science courses at major universities since 1995, ranging from environmental science to anatomy/physiology.  As a result, his presentations are interactive and filled with a range of fascinating information about wolves and their place within the ecosystem.