Wolf & Wildlife Studies is an organization owned and operated by Jay Mallonee, and is dedicated to educating the public about the environment. This occurs through ongoing field research of northwest Montana's wolves, including the nine year study of the Fishtrap wolf pack, teaching college science classes, providing an archive of environmental news, presenting the facts about hunting wolves in Montana, and this web site. A collection of MP3s is available that contains many of the vocalizations of the Fishtrap wolves, including their pups. The book "Timber - A Perfect Life" can also be purchased on this site, and background information about the book and Timber herself is provided. Publications of current and past studies can be downloaded for free: wolf pack behavior never before documented; Tenino, a wild wolf placed into captivity that suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder; and the behavior of summering gray whales off the coast of northern California.
Help End The Hunting and Trapping Of Montana's Wolves
Timber - A Perfect Life is now available on iTunes! Visit the iTunes store.
Consider signing my petition. I recently began a petition to end the hunting and trapping of Montana's wolves after publishing a review of the government's wolf population data in a peer review scientific journal. I found that no science has been used by management agencies to justify their killing of hundreds of wolves each year. The goal is 100,000 signatures before the hunting season begins in the fall. I will take all the signatures and comments to the capitol and present them to the Governor myself, in the presence of the media. For more information or to sign the petition click here.
You can contribute by collecting signatures on behalf of Wolf & Wildlife Studies and the wolves. Click here to learn more.
News update: On May 9, 2013, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will decide if they will extend the wolf hunting season to over six and a half months, and make it possible for hunters and trappers to kill five wolves each. Click here to read the news article.
The Truth About Wolves - summer 2010 edition of Flathead Living Magazine (p. 108).
Loss Of Big Predators Disrupts Earth Ecosystem - from the journal Science.
Management Agencies Called Out On Wolf Killing Practices
Article written for ActionLine Magazine that reviews the data in the agencies' recent Environmental Assessment. Article will be published by March.
Other ActionLine Magazine Articles
Hunting Wolves In Montana - Where Are The Data?
This review paper was published on September 3, 2011, in Nature and Science, a peer reviewed scientific journal.
My study of the Fishtrap pack was part of a larger concept called Project HOWL (Helping Our Wolves Live). Project HOWL is a blend of education and research to increase the public's awareness of wolves here in northwest Montana, and to offer a more accurate view of how these animals fit into the environment. This includes the study of individual wolf behavior, wolf pack behavior, wolf territory, and providing a "wolf history" of the Fishtrap pack. Public wolf hunting in Montana has also become an issue. Project HOWL is my response to the negative attitude displayed by some of the local people toward wolves and to help counter the general ignorance about wolves and their behavior.
Project HOWL has proven that people from diverse backgrounds, i.e., hunters, ranchers, students, biologists, and the general public can work together toward a better understanding of our surrounding natural environment. This web site will provide you with some background information about these and other subjects, along with photos and video of the Fishtrap pack. Thank you for visiting this site and please come back to learn more about the Fishtrap pack in future updates.
Most of the interactive capacities of this web site, such as listening to the howls of the Fishtrap pack or watching videos of the wolves, requires the use of QuickTime. If QuickTime is not installed on your computer, you can download it for free by clicking the button to the left. It's safe, easy to install, and there are versions for both PC and Mac users. You'll be glad you did once you've heard and seen the wolves!