Speak for Wolves
An annual wildlife advocacy conference
(So-Called) Portland, Oregon • August 9-11, 2019
Portland State University is located in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon in Multnomah County. We honor the Indigenous people whose traditional and ancestral homelands we stand on, the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Tumwater, Watlala bands of the Chinook, the Tualatin Kalapuya and many other indigenous nations of the Columbia River. It is important to acknowledge the ancestors of this place and to recognize that we are here because of the sacrifices forced upon them. In remembering these communities, we honor their legacy, their lives, and their descendants.
About the issue
Approximately 5000 gray wolves (Canis lupus) have been slaughtered across the United States, particularly in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes regions, since 2011. Political interference from Congress in certain parts of the country has prematurely stripped these native carnivores of protections afforded under the Endangered Species Act, hindering biological recovery, and resulting in state “management” that includes hunting, hounding, trapping and snaring.
Poaching is rampant in parts of the country, and aerial gunning is sometimes employed by state/federal government officials to benefit welfare ranchers and public land outfitters. Despite their resiliency, gray wolves today only occupy a very small part of their historic range, red wolves are on the brink of extinction in the wild, and the government refuses to produce an adequate recovery plan based on the best available science for Mexican gray wolves.
Speak for Wolves 2019 will focus on rewilding efforts for wolves across the landscape. We hope you will make plans to join us in Portland, Oregon on August 9-11, 2019! Contact us at Speak for Wolves on Facebook.