WHY I DISLIKE THE INTERNATIONAL WOLF CENTER AND THE WILDLIFE SCIENCE CENTER
I make no secret of the fact I've long had a problem with the International Wolf Center (IWC) and the Wildlife Science Center and here are some of my main reasons why:
THE INTERNATIONAL WOLF CENTER
1. The Safari Club International, one of the largest trophy hunting organizations in the United States that always stands in the way of creating laws to protect wild predators like wolves, mountain lions, grizzly bears, etc... is a charter member of IWC.
I contacted the Intl. Wolf Center to confirm what Terri Petter claimed regarding Luna.
THE WILDLIFE SCIENCE CENTER
1. Peggy Callahan, the founder of the Wildlife Science Center, fully supports wolf hunting and trapping in Minnesota and referred to those who oppose a wolf season as "emotional." In a Sept 6, 2013 Star Tribune article Peggy said "the real reason behind the opposition to the hunt has nothing to do with science. Some people love wolves so much that the thought of one dying is not simply distasteful, it is abhorrent, unbearable." She proceeds to defend having a wolf season throughout the rest of the article.
According to Peggy the opposition to wolf delisting and hunting has nothing to do with science yet scientists wrote THIS letter in 2015, including Rolf Peterson who Peggy references in the Star Tribune article, stating they opposed delisting and hunting. Collette Adkins, the attorney from the Center for Biological Diversity that stands on the side of protecting wolves, has an MS in wildlife conservation. Since then more and more scientists have come forward to oppose delisting and hunting in various wolf states.
2. Peggy Callahan, in an interview with Lakeland Currents complained about the Humane Society of the United States and the Center for Biological Diversity trying to protect wolves from delisting and being hunted. She was very defensive of wolf hunters but critical and condescending towards wolf advocates.
3. Staff at the Wildlife Science Center has on several occasions sent wolves to live at the International Wolf Center.
Peggy was very supportive of everything the DNR said and did until they evicted her from the 7 acre Forest Lake installation where she housed her wolves and other wildlife. She was evicted for repeatedly violating her lease agreement. At the time the DNR said "the welfare of the animals is in jeopardy."
4. June 2021 the staff at the Wildlife Science Center removed a newborn wolf pup to bottle feed before transporting it to the International Wolf Center. The alpha female and other wolves started digging and escaped their enclosure to look for the puppy. While they wandered the streets one was shot and the other hit by a car and had to be euthanized. Two were returned to the center. The pup is now at the Intl. Wolf Center.
5. Peggy defended trapping wolves. She said the most controversial part of the wolf season was the use of traps but that the traps used were no different than what researchers use to study wildlife all the time. She even said the traps used on Isle Royale were exactly like the traps her trapper friends used to catch wolves.
Here's the facts: there are several types of traps used on wildlife; snares, conifer traps, foot-hold traps... all of them inhumane in my opinion. There isn't only concern about traps coming from animal advocates, wildlife researchers have also expressed their dislike for this approach to studying various species and because of this there are organizations, including scientists that have come up with other ways of researching wildlife to minimize injury and stress to the animal. In 2008 the American Medical Veterinarian Association covered this very issue.
5. Peggy Callahan participates in experiments on wolves claiming it is all in the name of science. From her work with David Mech on coyote wolf hybrids to extracting sperm from gray wolves for what she claims is ensuring the survival of the species.
In THIS article the removal of sperm is explained. "Callahan fired up the electro-ejaculator, which was developed by a man working with paraplegics coming back form the Vietnam War who wanted to store their semen" Asa said. The wolf's leg jerked with each electric shock. They collected five or six party cups of semen, none of them full. "For years the procedure was done manually" Callahan said.
I was mortified when the orcas at SeaWorld were being masturbated for artificial insemination purposes, I certainly don't believe it's acceptable for wolves.
Here's a thought - instead of extracting sperm to ensure the survival of gray wolves, just oppose hunting and trapping. It's so much easier.