For years, wolves have been classified as wild animals, with many people holding the wrong notions about them. However, Lori Wynn, with his love for wolves, has set out on a mission to change the world’s view about them. For over two decades, Lori Wynn has acquainted himself with wolves and now operates a non-profit organization called Guardians of the Wolves.
Established in California, Guardians of the Wolves combats misconceptions about wolves globally. The non-profit is dedicated to educating the world about wolves and wolfdogs. The nonprofit champions different programs and initiatives to highlight the unique qualities of wolves. Guardians of the Wolves also helps preserve wolves to make them less endangered. From owning one wolfdog called Ambassador Sage, Lori began to educate the importance of wolves in the world.
Lori Wynn’s work began in 2011 when the first gray wolf showed up in the Mt. Shasta area of Northern California. The wolf, a two-and-a-half-year-old collared wolf from Oregon known as OR-7, is the first documented wolf in California in 87 years. Four years later, The Shasta Pack formed and became the first contemporary wolf pack. While it excited some Californians to have a wolfpack, the cattle ranching industry was not entirely happy because they believed the wolves would attack their livestock. They set out to end the Shasta Pack, but California Fish & Wildlife stepped in with a wolf-management study to decide if they would protect the pack under the California Endangered Species Act.
Seeing how many people wanted to get rid of wolves because of the misconception they had broke Lori’s heart, and she decided she would focus on saving wolves from that point on. Shortly after, the Shasta Packed dissolved, and Lori launched Guardians of the Wolves, and the first work she did was working with ranchers to help protect their livestock with non-lethal measures and proving to them that their livestock was equally important.
Through Lori’s work and research, Guardians of the Wolves has put in a lot of work to keep wolves safe. The nonprofit organization also appoints and trains wolf ambassadors to influence their immediate communities to understand their importance better. The organization also answers all the questions that people have about wolves, such as what they eat, whether they are aggressive, and how to care for them.
With the strong belief in its advocacy to convince people that wolves are not all that bad, Guardians of the Wolves strongly advocates for responsible ownership. “Many individuals want to own wolfdogs because they look cool or make them look cool as owners have no idea how high maintenance these animals are. We strive to ensure they know exactly everything they need to know before getting one, and that starts from the legality of owning one where they reside and other requirements,” Lori shared.
Lori advocates education about wolves in the wild as well as responsible ownership of wolfdogs. Guardians of the Wolves gives presentations to boy scouts, girl scouts, schools, expos, and wolf management meetings. It also does personal wolfdog therapy programs to hospice, assisted living, children’s hospitals, and convulsant homes.
Over the next few years, Guardian of the Wolves plans to embark on a nationwide and global education about wolves. It also invites volunteers to be a part of the project by shopping for goods and products, promoting the nonprofit’s programs, posting on social media platforms, donating items for online actions, among other activities.Learn more about Guardians of the Wolves on the website.