December 18, 2012
In 2012 the International Wolf Center board heard some odd scuttlebutt implying that the Center supports the state's hunting and trapping policies and is funded by the state's Department of Natural Resources. This is pants-on-fire false. The DNR acts (only) as the Center's landlord and, in fact, the Center pays the state an annual lease fee. All parties agree that, as a well established 501c-3 non-profit, the Center is independently guided — mission, policy and operations — by our board of directors. With education as its tool, the Center takes no stance on issues, including hunting. We provide science-based information about wolves and strive to be a place for educated dialogue. We respect people's ability to form their own informed opinions about difficult questions. To those of you who have connected with the International Wolf Center — through our ambassador wolf pack, educational programs, distance learning, Web site or our interpretive facility in Ely, MN — THANK YOU. Your commitment to wolves and their habitats is key to their continued survival. We appreciate your feedback and value your input.
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