The Wolf Connection

The Wolf Connection

Welcome to 'The Wolf Connection' podcast where we will be exploring the intricate bond between humans and wolves, seeking to better understand our true relationship with one of humankind's earliest teachers; the wolf. Re-discovering this human-wolf connection and remembering the primal wisdom may prove to be essential to our development as individuals, the cultivation of productive societies, and sustainable civilization on this planet. Our discussions will include the experiences had by our visitors, students and staff during programs, events, and day-to-day operations at Wolf Connection, the dynamics of the wolf pack at Wolf Connection, wolves in the wild and their impact on the national landscape, and stories of human and wolf empowerment through all facets of the organization and beyond! For more than a decade, people have visited the land at Wolf Connection and experienced life changing bonds and interactions gained valuable knowledge from our pack of 30+ wolves and wolf-dogs located in Acton, CA , which is just an hour north of Los Angeles.


September 28, 2023 50 mins

Monica Stahlmann is the author of Trumpet the Miracle Wolf Pup book series.

Clint Burson is the Strategic Communications Manager for LightHawk Conservation Flying, and Brooke George is their Wildlife Program Manager.

LightHawk has flown many endangered species across the country that are in active recovery programs in the wild, including Mexican Gray and Red Wolves.

Monica shared updates on her book se...

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Mario Canseco is the President of Research Co. since 2018, and has analyzed and conducted public opinion research since 2003. He has been working with The Fur-Bearers, whose mission is to protect fur-bearing animals through conservation, advocacy, research, and education since 2013 collecting gray wolf public opinion research.

The Fur-Bearers have collaborated with researchers Stephanie Rutherford, PhD (Associate Professo...

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Ben Bluhm has been photographing wildlife for over 3 years and volunteers with Utah Mountain Lion Conservation. He has used some of his photos to help non-profit organizations with visual storytelling and promoting their missions.

Ben spoke to us about some of his incredible wolf photos, and how he's helping with causes related to conservation and preservation of wildlife in the western U.S.

**To view the ph...

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Claire Davis is the Founder of Washington Wildlife First and Animal & Earth Advocates, a Seattle-area law firm that brings public interest litigation on behalf of animals, wildlife, and the environment.

Washington Wildlife First is the only Washington nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to monitoring and reforming the state agency that is supposed to protect the state's fish and wildlife.


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Brad Orsted is an award-winning wildlife and conservation filmmaker/photographer, author, speaker and wilderness therapy instructor. Brad’s first memoir, Through the Wilderness: My Journey of Redemption and Healing in the American Wild, is out now and available for purchase in all places where books are sold.

He spoke to us about his process of writing his memoir, his feelings surrounding its release to the public, and th...

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John E. Marriott has been photographing wildlife for over 30 years and has authored multiple books on wolves, bears and national parks. He is involved in Canadian conservation issues with his non-profit organization, EXPOSED Wildlife Conservancy, which provides ethical and science-based solutions to solve the most pressing wildlife management challenges today.

John spoke at length about his experiences as a young, up and ...

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Michelle Lute is the Co-Executive Director for Wildlife For All, whose mission is to reform wildlife management in the U.S. to be more democratic, compassionate and focused on protecting wild species and ecosystems. She is a conservation scientist and advocate with nearly twenty years experience in biodiversity conservation on public and private lands around the globe.

Michelle spoke about the efforts of Wildlife For All, ...

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**UPDATE** Shortly after we recorded this episode, an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife kill order for the Five Points Pack, claimed the lives of 4 wolves from that pack. That order has been lifted, however another kill order was issued for the Lookout Mountain Pack for up to two wolves. These orders were issued due to livestock depredations and conflicts.

Updates on these lethal removal orders from Oregon Department...

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Dave Stalling is a former Force Recon Marine who has deeper understanding of what it means to be part of the natural world. He was the former conservation writer for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundations - Bugle Magazine for a decade. He has also worked for the U.S. Forest Service, the National Wildlife Federation, Trout Unlimited and is a past President of the Montana Wildlife Federation. 

He now serves on the Advisory Commi...

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Katie Jackson is a freelance writer who covers adventure travel, camping, national parks, and outdoor gear, that has been featured in Outside Magazine and USA Today.
She recently published an essay in Outside Magazine titled: My Rancher Parents Hate Wolves. I Took Them on a Wolf-Watching Tour in Yellowstone to Change Their Minds.

She talked with us about her upbringing in a ranching family, the career she's buil...

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Joanna Lambert is a Professor of Environmental Studies and Faculty in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology for the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has been teaching for over 25 years. Her research has covered primates in Africa, wolves in the Rocky Mountain West, and animals as they adapt to human based landscapes. She is also the Senior Science Advisor for the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project.

Joanna spoke to us about wolves...

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Candace Dyar is a nature and conservation photographer, educator, wildlife & wolf advocate based in Washington State for nearly two decades. Her work has captured the attention of global audiences and been featured by acclaimed outlets such as World Wildlife Fund and The Weather Channel / Pattrn.

Candace shared some of her incredible wolf photos and the stories behind them! She also spoke about her background, and the ...

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This is the third and final podcast recorded at The 2023 Yellowstone Wolf Summit in Gardiner, Montana!

Doug Smith recently retired as the Senior Wildlife Biologist in Yellowstone National park after 28 years of service where he supervised the wolf, elk, and bird programs. Doug has studied wolves for 44 years, done over 2,000 interviews, and appeared on numerous documentaries about wolves and birds for National Geographic, ...

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This is the second podcast recorded at The 2023 Yellowstone Wolf Summit in Gardiner, Montana!

Kristin Combs is the Executive Director of Wyoming Wildlife Advocates, which informs, educates, and empowers communities to preserve wild legacy, protect shared wildlife and modernize wildlife management across the state.

Kristin  discussed her presentation, her thoughts on the summit and coexistence measures for wolves m...

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This is the first of our podcasts recorded at The 2023 Yellowstone Wolf Summit in Gardiner, Montana!

Garrick Dutcher is the Research & Program Director for Living with Wolves. He has been working on wolf related education in Idaho for over 20 years.

Living with Wolves is dedicated to engaging the public worldwide in education, outreach and research to promote truth and understanding about wolves, while encour...

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Welcome to our 150th episode!
 Stephen Rivera and John Calfa preview the Yellowstone Wolf Summit taking place in Montana June 21st through June 23rd, discuss the speakers coming to the event, and talk about incredible content that will be shared from that week.

Follow us on our Instagram for stories, content and posts throughout the summit and feel free to DM us: @thewolfconnectionpod

Email us your questions ...

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Anna Maziuk is a Polish journalist  and author that specializes in nature writings. She also conducts creative workshops for children and adults, often inspired by natural phenomena and direct contact with nature in all its forms. Since 2014, she has dedicated her life to telling the stories of wolves.

Anna's book Instynkt, About Wolves in Polish Forests, discusses the social, cultural and legal issues surrounding wo...

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Matt Yamashita has been with Colorado Parks and Wildlife for 17 years. He is currently the Supervisor and Area 8 CPW Wildlife Manager for the agency and was
recently invited to take part on the panel discussion at the ACES event, 'Living with Wolves: Coexistence in Colorado' in Aspen.

Listen to the event here! 

Matt spoke to us about his background at CPW, delved extensively into the wolf reintroduction comin...

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Kurt Holtzen has been a Field Advisor and a Wildlife Conflict Mitigation Specialist for nearly 20 years. He assists with predator coexistence at Lava Lake Lamb in Idaho and is a Conflict Reduction Consortium for the Western Landowner Association.

Kurt explained his techniques on preventing predation among livestock, updated us on his endeavors in Colorado ahead of wolf reintroduction, and spoke about new tools he has crea...

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Tom Walker has been living near Denali National Park in Alaska for nearly 60 years. He is an award winning photographer and writer specializing in Alaska's natural history and wildlife. His latest book, The Wanderer: An Alaska Wolf's Final Journey, details the epic journey of Wolf 258, as he traveled nearly 3,000 miles in less than 6 months.

Tom discussed his process when writing this book, the incredible terrai...

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