Panel of Experts Discuss Implications of Friday’s Court Ruling
Conference Call Today at 2:00 p.m. CST
Minneapolis – The International Wolf Center will host a briefing by conference call for the media today at 2:00 p.m. CST with leading wolf experts for a discussion about the implications of last Friday’s court decision concerning the protection status of gray wolves in the Western Great Lakes region.
Media representatives interested in joining the briefing should call 1-888-909-7654 and use passcode 212034. The call is scheduled to last approximately 30 minutes and will include a question and answer period. The briefing will also be recorded and made available online later in the day at
Experts participating in the call include:
Dr. L. David Mech, senior research scientist, U.S. Department of the Interior, author and vice chair of the International Wolf Center.
Dick Thiel, author, wildlife consultant, retired wolf biologist with the Wisconsin DNR.
Mike Phillips, author, executive director of the Turner Endangered Species Fund. He also served as project leader for wolf restoration in Yellowstone National Park.
Nancy Gibson, naturalist and author will serve as the moderator for the call.
ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL WOLF CENTER – Learn about the International Wolf Center at The Center, founded in 1985, is known worldwide as the nation’s premier source for wolf education. The mission of the Center is to advance the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future. The Center educates through its Web site,, its ambassador wolves, museum exhibits, on-site adventure and outreach programs and International Wolf magazine. The educational facility is located at 1396 Highway 169, Ely, Minnesota, 55731. (Phone: 218-365-4695), and the Center’s Administrative and Outreach offices are at 3410 Winnetka Ave North, Minneapolis, MN 55427.