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People & Wolves Talk Show Livestreams from Wisconsin, USA and Turin, Italy on YouTube

We educate so you can advocate.

People & Wolves Talk Show works with dedicated professionals to document the conscious relationships between People & Wolves. People & Wolves Talk show shares stories of people working to coexist with wild wolves. Wild grey wolves are now struggling for survival worldwide. People & Wolves Talk Show works with filmmakers, scientists, academics, journalists, writers, fine artists, Wildlife photographers and musicians, that share a common interest to produce, to share educational stories of People & Wolves.

Hosts Brunella Pernigotti live from Turin, Italy and Alexander Vaeth live from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and producer Rachel Tilseth live from Menomonie, Wisconsin.

Host Alexander Vaeth

Alex is a volunteer wolf tracker with the Wisconsin DNR, and a Spanish teacher by training. He completed his graduate studies in Spanish at Middlebury’s language schools in Vermont, USA, Madrid, Spain, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. He teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and volunteers as a medical interpreter in the city’s community clinic. Alex spends nearly all his free time in the woods tracking and monitoring wildlife with remote cameras and is also keenly interested in wolf advocacy and research.

Alex’s statement regarding the recent wolf hunt 

I have always been fascinated by wolves, but had never lived near a wild population until my wife and I decided to move to Wisconsin to work in the UW system teaching Spanish. We moved from North Carolina and ultimately chose UW-Eau Claire for many reasons. The Wisconsin DNR has a longstanding volunteer tracker program that allowed me to move to Wisconsin and get involved in wolf monitoring almost immediately. I have been learning about the packs I track in the Central Forest as well as the history of wolf recovery and wolf hunting in Wisconsin. The most recent hunt was deeply saddening for me, as some of the wolves I have been tracking for two years were likely killed (I have seen no sign of them since the end of February). There is no convincing biological argument I have seen for hunting wolves, let alone slaughtering them in the manner just witnessed here in Wisconsin. It is also frustrating to see the First Nations tribes in Wisconsin so brazenly ignored, as they are tried and true stewards of the natural world and need to have a role in wildlife “management” and decision-making in the region.

Host Alexander Vaeth’s recent interview with with Adrian Wydeven about the recent February 2021 wolf hunt. The discussion was live-streamed on People & Wolves Talk Show’s YouTube Channel

Host Brunella Pernigotti live from Turin Italy

I love wolves and nature in general. Even if I’m not a biologist, I’m improving my knowledge of wolves and their problems to survive in my country, to devote myself to the protection of the environment and of the endangered species as far as I can do.

I live in Turin, Italy. I’m a teacher, a writer and a photographer. I published a novel and a book of tales and have to my credit about ten one-man exhibitions of photos. I’m a member of the board of a no-profit association of Turin, “Tribù del Badnightcafè”, that organizes cultural and artistic events. Besides I created a group of volunteers to help women who are victim of domestic violence.About Brunella’s writing career. 

Someone says that from the moment we are born we begin to forget. Each story, therefore, has neither a beginning nor an end. Everything happens but nothing has happened, as in the eternal present of an empty hourglass. Time is not a line that projects us into a dark and distant future, time is circular, like the earthly sphere, like the universe, like everything that comes and goes …

Author of the Empty Hourglass 

Brunella Pernigotti was born and lives in Turin. Besides being a teacher and translator, she writes with passion and enthusiasm. 

She considers writing her main tool for investigating and trying to understand the human soul: “after all, every creative act is like a shell that is brought to the surface, after diving into the depths of ourselves”. 

In addition to “The empty hourglass”, which won several prizes, including the first prize at the “Priamar” International Literary Competition in Savona, in the “Narrativa Edita” section, she has successfully published a collection of fairy tales entitled “Let’s pretend that … “. She also writes screenplays for short films and plays.

In the last ten years she has had photography exhibitions in various personal exhibitions and creating installations and artistic projects. 

She considers life “a continuous search for new ways to express what she sees and hears”.

Brunella’s most recent interview

Interview on the National wolf monitoring about those who work in the field. Brunella Pernigotti hosted Luca Giunti and Antonio Iannibelli, who talked about the data collection strategy and possible interpretations, with particular reference to the different realities in which they operate.

Producer Rachel Tilseth

The show’s producer is Rachel Tilseth. Tilseth is a freelance writer, fine artist & educator, and environmentalist. Tilseth has been a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Volunteer Winter Wolf Tracker since the year 2000. Tilseth worked with the Wisconsin Wolf Recovery Program as a volunteer since 1998, and as a result learned about the lives of wild gray wolves. Tilseth worked to draw attention to the plight of Gray wolves during the three years Wisconsin held wolf hunts. Rachel is founder and owner of Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin. As an environmentalist Tilseth has organized events, film screenings and a film festival. Tilseth received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education in 1992 from UW-Stout, graduating with cum laude honors.

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Perché il lupo?

Canis lupus italicus, cuccioli che guardano – Foto di Antonio Iannibelli

Perché il lupo? Questa è la domanda che mi sento rivolgere più spesso da chi mi conosce e si stupisce che improvvisamente mi stia occupando di lupi. In effetti insegno inglese e la mia vita si era orientata verso altre mete dopo aver cercato inutilmente il modo di studiare e di laurearmi in una materia, l’Etologia, che a Torino nel 1980 ancora risuonava come una stramberia dei figli dei fiori. Ma certe cose “fanno giri immensi e poi ritornano”, così passati molti anni, e dopo che Milla morì – una meticcia molto simile a un lupo nonché il mio spirito guida per 10 anni – a partire dal 2013 iniziai a fare ricerche antropologiche e naturalistiche, per comprendere il comportamento di queste magiche creature che, nel frattempo, erano tornate a popolare i boschi di casa mia, in Val di Susa.

C’e’ Solo una donna nella lotta per educare il pubbico sui lupi. Potra’ educarvi. Producer Rachel Tilseth. Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin News Media.

Da allora, più mi addentro nello studio dei lupi, più mi rendo conto che il legame atavico che ci lega è costituito da elementi molto più profondi e insiti nelle nostre nature così simili e parallele. I lupi sono il nostro alter ego, sono lo specchio in cui gli uomini si vedono e ritrovano le proprie radici, nel bene e nel male. La nostra società tende a disconnetterci dalla natura e dalle sue leggi, illudendoci di poter controllare ogni cosa sulla terra, sotto i mari, nel cielo. La storia umana ha sempre e solo preso e consumato la Terra, il lupo ora rappresenta un evidente ostacolo ed è qui per dirci: Basta!

L’immagine distorta che abbiamo di queste creature è dovuta a molti fattori, antichi e moderni. Noi l’abbiamo dimenticato, ma ci sono popolazioni ancora fortemente legate alla Terra, che rispettano le sue creature per ciò che esse ci insegnano. Il lupo ci ha insegnato non solo le tecniche della caccia, ma anche le strategie di accerchiamento, carica e attacco, utilizzate poi dagli uomini nelle guerre. Ora la domanda che mi spinge a indagare è: perché manteniamo nei confronti di questa specie un rapporto così difficile e contraddittorio? I lupi sono predatori, ritenuti dall’uomo piuttosto pericolosi, ma non abbastanza da riverirli ed elevarli al rango dei più nobili (sempre secondo una valutazione umana) felini quali il leone o la tigre. Ci strappiamo le vesti se un cacciatore uccide un leone nella lontana Africa, ma lasciamo che a casa nostra vengano cacciati, seviziati, o avvelenati i più importanti predatori rimasti, quelli all’apice del perfetto meccanismo trofico naturale delle nostre regioni. Perché? Pensiamo forse che i lupi siano dei cani venuti su male? Per quale motivo ci arroghiamo il diritto di giudicarli invece di accettarli semplicemente? Vorremmo forse cancellare con loro quella parte selvaggia che vediamo in noi stessi? …

Domande aperte. Ma ripeto, di una cosa sono certa: che siamo disconnessi, staccati dalle nostre stesse radici, per cui non ci rendiamo più conto che il mondo che abbiamo creato sta precipitando in una voragine piena di plastica e inquinanti, dove non esistono più gli habitat ritenuti naturali, non solo per il resto delle creature, ma anche per noi stessi. Ricreare degli ambienti in cui regni la natura libera e incontaminata è un regalo che dovremmo fare a noi e alle future generazioni. Ogni creatura ha un suo ruolo nell’ecosistema, che noi lo vogliamo oppure no. Purtroppo abbiamo già perso migliaia di specie che si sono estinte per colpa nostra, perché non sappiamo cambiare atteggiamento e crediamo di essere dalla parte della ragione, quando in realtà non ci rendiamo conto che diventiamo più poveri, (e più malati), ogni volta che abbattiamo una pianta, che un bosco sparisce, che uccidiamo senza motivo una creatura vivente. Jane Goodall ci invita a considerare i lupi, e gli altri animali, come esseri senzienti, che sono capaci di provare gioia, dolore, paura, amore. E io penso: come noi, i lupi sono affettuosi e, all’interno del loro branco, si prendono cura gli uni degli altri; anche loro sono competitivi e territoriali, perciò difendono i propri confini, arrivando ad attaccare e uccidere se altri lupi estranei minacciano le loro terre; infine devono sfamarsi e nutrire la loro prole e per procacciarsi il cibo usano le armi di cui sono dotati: zanne, forza fisica, ma anche tanta intelligenza e flessibilità. Non mi sembrano poi tante le differenze rispetto al comportamento umano.

Indubbiamente la presenza del lupo è scomoda e in Europa, dove ormai il territorio naturale è stato quasi completamente modificato e addomesticato, questo problema è particolarmente sentito, però la soluzione non può essere il tentativo di eradicarli, cancellandoli dalla faccia della Terra. Il semplice buon senso ci dovrebbe suggerire che così facendo, creeremmo nell’ecosistema un pericoloso vuoto che potrebbe essere immediatamente colmato da un’altra specie o che potrebbe portare ad una perdita importante di equilibrio e di bilanciamento del “sistema natura”. Quindi ci si deve impegnare a cambiare atteggiamento, a cercare di dialogare con tutte le parti in causa, mettendo da parte i pregiudizi e le prese di posizione. Arroccarsi nella convinzione di essere dalla parte della ragione e pretendere che siano gli “altri” a dover cambiare opinione non porterà da nessuna parte. Ci vogliono volontà, umiltà e apertura mentale, per incontrarsi, guardarsi negli occhi, tenendo presente che ogni persona conta e può fare la differenza: chi ha il coraggio di cambiare, cambia il mondo. Solo un approccio empatico, intelligente e saggio ci aiuterà a trovare insieme una soluzione che porti alla convivenza pacifica di tutte le creature. Amo infine ricordare che ogni lupo è un individuo, con una sua storia, anche se spesso non c’è nessuno a raccontarla. Le loro sono storie di eroi senza medaglie, di difficoltà e rischi, di chilometri percorsi, di coraggio, di morte e di speranza. Storie di amore, di saggezza atavica, di nascondigli, di aria e di stelle ululate, storie magiche da leggere nel profondo dei loro occhi. Facciamo in modo che la fiamma verde, quella che Aldo Leopold vide in quello sguardo, non si estingua.
Brunella

Un guardiano delle nostre montagne

È con piacere che vi invitiamo alla nostra prossima intervista sulla pagina Facebook “Talk Show di persone e lupi—Lupi Italiani” che avrà luogo domenica 15 novembre, alle 18 ora italiana. Gradito ospite di Brunella Pernigotti sarà Luca Giunti che ci parlerà del progetto Life WolfAlps Eu (https://www.lifewolfalps.eu) e della presenza del lupo in Piemonte.

Al lavoro nel Parco Naturale Orsiera Rocciavrè

Luca Giunti è uno dei project manager del rinnovato progetto LifeWolfAlps-Eu. Nato a Genova, vive a Susa dal 1987, dove lavora come Guardaparco per l’Ente di gestione delle Aree protette delle Alpi Cozie.

Luca con piccolo camoscio a Bernezzo

Laureato in Scienze Naturali presso l’Università degli Studi di Torino, dal 2018 è iscritto all’Albo Italiano dei Direttori dei Parchi Nazionali istituito presso il Ministero dell’Ambiente. Partecipa ai Progetti Life + dell’Unione Europea (tra cui il Life Wolf Alps)

Un intervento a Novalesa a seguito del ritrovamento di una lupa morta

Collabora con l’Università e il Politecnico di Torino per cui tiene corsi di fotografia naturalistica, lezioni sulla ricerca naturale ed ecologica, educazione ambientale e sulle Valutazioni di Impatto Ambientale.

Guardia parco e fotografo

Collabora con numerose testate giornalistiche, ha pubblicato articoli scientifici su riviste nazionali ed internazionali e alcuni libri, soprattutto fotografici. Presenta frequentemente conferenze e proiezioni di argomento naturalistico: flora, fauna, biodiversità, la presenza del lupo, ecc.

Intervista da parte della RAI

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For English speakers

We are pleased to invite you to the next interview on Italian Facebook page Talk Show Storie di Uomini e Lupi – Lupi Italiani that will take place on November 15th at 06:00 p.m. C.E.T.

Brunella Pernigotti will host Luca Giunti, one of the project managers of the renewed LifeWolfAlps-Eu Project.

He was born in Genoa, and has been living in Susa since 1987 where he works as a park ranger for the management body of the protected areas of the Cottian Alps. 

Graduated in Natural Sciences at the University of Turin, since 2018 he has been in the Italian Register of Directors of National Parks established at the Ministry of the Environment. He participates in the Life + Projects of the European Union (including the Life Wolf Alps) and collaborates with the University and Polytechnic of Turin where he teaches nature photography and takes lessons on natural and ecological research, environmental education and on Assessments of Environmental Impact.

He collaborates with numerous newspapers, has published scientific articles in national and international journals and some books, particularly of photos. 

Stories of People & Gray Wolves Talk Show & Media

A Wisconsin Gray Wolf. Photo credit Snapshot Wisconsin.

Since we are talking about sharing stories of people & wolves I’ll share one of my memories. I spent every summer & winter as a volunteer wolf tracker, helping to monitor Wisconsin’s Gray wolf under the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Wolf Recovery Program. Every chance I got, in between my teaching job, I went north to Douglas county Wisconsin to track wolves. One summer, just before dusk, I spied several turkey vultures roosting in trees beside the road on the edge on the cedar swamp. So I parked my car far away so I wouldn’t disturb the roosting vultures. I was curious as to why so many vultures were roosting together. This could mean there was a carcass near. I headed over to the spot where the vultures were roosting. As I approached there was the distinct smell of rotten flesh, and the sound of bones being crunched. These sounds were of gray wolves munching on bones and hidden by trees on the edge of the cedar swamp. That was a fantastic find. I don’t remember the exact year, maybe if my memory serves me right, I could estimate that it was around the year 2008.

The Gray wolf is a part of Wisconsin’s wild legacy!


Our blog is at: http://www.wolvesofdouglascountywisconsin.com

Authors

Author and founder Rachel Tilseth

Rachel Tilseth is a freelance writer, fine artist, filmmaker and environmentalist. Tilseth has been a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Volunteer Winter Wolf Tracker since the year 2000. Tilseth worked with the Wisconsin Wolf Recovery Program as a volunteer since 1998, and as a result learned about the lives of wild gray wolves. Tilseth received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education in 1992 from UW-Stout, graduating with cum laude honors. More about Rachel at Meet the Filmmaker

Author Brunella Pernigotti

I live in Turin, Italy. I’m a teacher, a writer and a photographer. I published a novel and a book of tales and have to my credit about ten one-man exhibitions of photos. I’m a member of the board of a no-profit association of Turin, “Tribù del Badnightcafè”, that organizes cultural and artistic events. Besides I created a group of volunteers to help women who are victim of domestic violence.Brunella Pernigotti

Author Lindsey Botts

Author Lindsey Botts
Lindsey is a wildlife enthusiast, conservationist, and outdoor lover. He aims to tell stories about the intersection of society and nature with the goal of showcasing how conservation can help both live cohesively.

Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin News Media & Film’s mission is to bring our readers news that is factual and accurately reported; News that is unbiased and fact-checked for accuracy.

People & Wolves Talk Show: We educate so you can advocate.

We work with dedicated professionals to document the conscious relationships between People & Wolves. We share stories of people that are working to coexist with wild wolves, that are now struggling for survival worldwide. We work with filmmakers, scientists, academics, journalists, writers, fine artists, Wildlife photographers and musicians that share a common interest to produce and share educational stories of People & Wolves Talk Show.

Brunella Pernigotti is our People & Wolves Host in Italy

Foto Antonio Iannibelli italianwildwolf.it

I can tell that only after two years of useless hikes made at 4 am, often with a temperature of -17 degrees Celsius, I could see my first wolf. ~Maria Perrone

Meet our newest People & Wolves Talk Show Host USA

People & Wolves Talk Show (P&WTS) is live-streamed on Facebook. P&WTS will be producing more shows soon. Keep up to date on here wolvesofdouglascountywisconsin.com and on our Facebook pages.

https://www.facebook.com/Talk-Show-di-persone-e-lupiLupi-Italiani-364159360973889
https://www.facebook.com/heartofwolfadvocacyfilmproject

People & Wolves Talk Show will also be livestreaming from YouTube as well as on Facebook.

Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin News Media & Film’s mission is to bring our readers news that is factual and accurately reported; News that is unbiased and fact-checked for accuracy.

People & Wolves Talk Show

We educate so you can advocate. We work with dedicated professionals to document the conscious relationships between People & Wolves. We share stories of people that are working to coexist with wild wolves, that are now struggling for survival worldwide. We work with filmmakers, scientists, academics, journalists, writers, fine artists, Wildlife photographers and musicians that share a common interest to produce and share educational stories of People & Wolves Talk Show.

The Gray wolf is a part Wisconsin’s wild legacy! Let’s add worldwide to that statement!

Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin TM (WODCW) was founded by Rachel Tilseth in 2011 to bring education and awareness for promoting wolf recovery.

WODCW Blog: http://www.wolvesofdouglascountywisconsin.com

Email Address: wolvesdouglasco@gmail.com 

Founder: Rachel Tilseth

WODCW is copyrighted 2011

Stories of People & Wolves Premieres Live from Facebook, Wednesday May 13th at 10:30 AM Central Time

Hosts: Brunella & Rachel will give updates on Italian and Wisconsin gray wolves. Brunella will be live from Italy! Rachel will be live from Wisconsin. This will be our premiere broadcast! You will get a chance to ask us questions live from Facebook. And we will reveal the quest for the next show. See you soon! To watch the show click the link on May 13th at 10:30 AM. Go to Wolves of Douglas Co WI News Media & Films Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/heartofwolfadvocacyfilmproject/videos/697641794113612/

Host Brunella Pernigotti will give a brief update on Italy’s gray wolves

Do you know where Italy is? Did you know that there are rare gray wolves existing only in Italy? Do you want to know how many wolves there were left in Italy in 1970? This is what Brunella will tell you about Italian gray wolves, and you’ll get a chance to ask her questions.

Italy consists of a 1,400km (about 860 miles) long boot-shaped peninsula extending out into the central Mediterranean Sea, together with a number of islands to the South and West. It is dominated by mountains. There are two mountain ranges: the Alps which run in the North, from West to East, and are the natural border between Italy and Northern Europe and the Apennines which run north-south through the peninsula and are like the back bone of the country. The Alpine mountain range is linked with the Apennines, so the wolves after being almost exterminated at the beginning of the twentieth century, from the 70s returned to colonize the Italian territory going up from the Apennines to the Alps. The Italian wolf was widespread in the Italian Peninsula, including Sicily, until the middle of the 19th century. The extermination of the grey wolf in Italy was not as complete as in Northern Europe, due to greater cultural tolerance of the species. It was largely extirpated in the Alps at the beginning of the 20th century and disappeared from Sicily before the Second World War. Its range along the south-central Apennines was still relatively continuous by the Fifties, though this population was reduced reaching the all-time low number of almost 100 individuals in the early 1970s.  In Italy we have a particular kind of gray wolves, they are called Canis Lupus Italicus. They particularly need to be protected because they are a rare subspecies which exists only in Italy. https://www.wwf.it/lupo/soslupo/ 

There are about 2000 wolves living here nowadays, https://www.agi.it/blog-italia/ispra/lupi_dati_censimento-4699463/post/2018-12-04/ but since Italy is densely populated, they are very elusive, so monitoring them and making an effective census is very hard. They hide into the wild as much as they can, searching for the few safe places left for them.  

You can learn more about Matteo Serafini an Italian Wolf Researcher by clicking my interview of him here: https://wolvesofdouglascountywisconsin.com/2019/09/21/interview-with-matteo-serafini-an-italian-wolf-researcher/

Canis lupus Italicus with summer coat. Photo by Antonio Iannibelli

Host Rachel Tilseth will give a brief update on Wisconsin’s Gray wolf

Did you know Wisconsin has more wolves than Yellowstone National Park? Wisconsin’s 2018-19 overwinter minimum wolf count was 914-978: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Wildlifehabitat/wolf/documents/2018-19wolfcountbrief.pdf compared to as of January 2020, there are at least 94 wolves in Yellowstone National Park. Feb 13, 2020: https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/nature/wolves.htm

Did you know Wisconsin’s Wolf Recovery Program began in the late 1970s under the guidance of Wolf Biologist Richard P Thiel? Thiel runs Timber Wolf Information Network (TWIN) located in central Wisconsin. In 1991 Adrian Wydeven became the Head Wolf Biologist, retiring in 2014. Wydeven created a citizen volunteer wolf tracking program. Wydeven now serves on the board of Timber Wolf Alliance (TWA) out of Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. Both non profits,TWA & TWIN, are set up to educate the public about Wisconsin’s Gray wolf. Both non profits hold Wolf Ecology Workshops throughout Wisconsin. Timber Wolf Alliance website: https://www.northland.edu/centers/soei/twa/ and Timber Wolf Information Network website: http://www.timberwolfinformation.org/

Photograph of Wisconsin gray wolves credit Snapshot Wisconsin .

Show premieres Wednesday May 13th at 10:30 AM Central Time on Wolves of Douglas Co WI News Media & Films Facebook page by clink the following link: https://www.facebook.com/heartofwolfadvocacyfilmproject/videos/697641794113612/

Host Brunella Pernigotti

About Host Brunella Pernigotti

Brunella lives in Turin, Italy. She’s a teacher, a writer and a photographer. She has published a novel and a book of tales and has to her credit about ten personal photographic exhibitions. She’s a member of the board of a no-profit association of Turin, “Tribù del Badnightcafè”, that organizes cultural and artistic events. Besides she works as a volunteer to help women who have been victim of domestic violence.

She says: “I love wolves and nature in general. Even if I’m not a biologist, I’ve been studying wolves and their problems for many years. I’ve been devoting myself to the protection of the environment and of the endangered species as far as I can do.”

Host Rachel Tilseth

About Host Rachel Tilseth

Rachel has worked with the Wisconsin Wolf Recovery Program as a volunteer since 1998, and as a result learned about the lives of wild gray wolves. Rachel has been an official Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Volunteer Winter Wolf Tracker since the year 2000. Rachel worked to draw attention to the plight of Gray wolves during the three years Wisconsin held wolf hunts. As an environmentalist Rachel has organized events, film screenings and a film festival. Rachel is working on several projects that help bring education and awareness to gray wolves in Wisconsin and around the world. Rachel received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education in 1992 from UW-Stout, graduating with cum laude honors.

I believe the gray wolf is part of Wisconsin’s wild legacy! —Rachel Tilseth

Stories of People & Wolves Next Guest will be Suzanne Stone

Suzanne has worked for over three decades to restore wolves to the Rockies and Pacific Northwest.  Initially, she served as an intern for the Central Idaho Wolf Steering Committee and as a member of the 1995/1996 USA/Canadian Wolf Reintroduction team restoring wolves to Yellowstone National Park and Central Idaho.  From 1999 to 2019, she led development of Defenders of Wildlife’s wolf coexistence measures and models to minimize losses of livestock and gray wolves in the West. She is the co-founder of the Wood River Wolf Project in Idaho and has won numerous awards for her leadership in wildlife conflict resolution and coexistence including being a two time recipient of the Animal Welfare Institute’s Christine Stevens Wildlife Award for innovative research on humane, nonlethal tools and techniques for wildlife conflict management.  She is the lead author/researcher of Adaptive use of nonlethal strategies for minimizing wolf–sheep conflict in Idaho published by the Journal of Mammalogy in 2017. Suzanne helped to establish several of the nonlethal/coexistence measures to minimize conflicts between wild predators and livestock today including FoxLights, Turbofladry, range riders, wind dancers, carcass removal, use of multiple livestock guardian dogs, and more. She is working now all over the world to help transform archaic wildlife management from lethal to humane nonlethal methods. 

Wood River Wolf Project – The Wood River Wolf Project is a collaborative of conservation organizations, ranching operations, community members, and county, state and federal agencies working together to use proactive, nonlethal deterrents to minimize livestock and wolf conflicts. Since 2008, the Wood River Wolf Project has been helping Blaine County ranchers in Central Idaho implement nonlethal strategies to successfully reduce livestock losses and protect native wildlife.

Photographs

Suzanne Stone

Stories of People & Wolves Talk Show Will Be Live-streamed on Facebook

Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin Media & Films (WODCW) will be livestreaming a talk show. Brunella & Rachel will be hosting a talk show “Stories of People & Wolves”.

Stories of People & Wolves talk show hosts Brunella Pernigotti and Rachel Tilseth. Show premieres on May 13, 2010 at 10:00 AM Live on Facebook.

Stories of People & Wolves Host

WODCW will bring Stories of People & Wolves to your living room premiere is set for May 13, 2020 at 10:00 AM Central Time.

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Live Discussion about the challenges the rare Italian Gray wolf faces…

Salvatore, on the left, is a tour guide and the founder of inviaggioconl’obiettivo, the page which is hosting this on-line event, Antonio is a naturalist photographer and wolves expert, Carmen, on the right is an expert dog trainer.

The following is a brief summary by Brunella Pernigotti

At the live Facebook event of tonight, Antonio Iannibelli (wolf expert, naturalist photographer and founder of the www.antonioiannibelli.it website together with Carmen Petrulli (dog instructor), have been invited by Salvatore Di Stefano (environmental hiking guide and founder of the page inviaggioconlobiettivo.it ), to speak about “Dogs and wolves: differences and similarities”.

Summarizing very briefly, during the meeting, after a brief introduction relating to the millennial history that binds the wolf to the domestic dog, the speakers replied to the numerous questions of the public who assisted. People were curious to know and to have scientific information on the differences between dogs and wolves. Morphological differences, for example dentition; behavioral, for example the way they attack their preys; managerial, for example the legal differences in Italy in the management of stray dogs, of wolves and even of hybrids that can derive from crossbreeds between abandoned domestic dogs and wandering wolves. In Italy breeding hybrids is against the law but there are no rules to follow if a wild hybrid is identified and recognized as such thanks to its DNA.

The conclusion we all reached is that Canis Lupus Italicus is a very rare and precious subspecies of Canis Lupus and that it must be protected in its purity for the sake of biodiversity and also for the sake of our pets that must not be left free to wander unchecked in the countryside.

Stay Home, Safer at Home, Stop the Spread and Together we are strong!

Two weeks feels like a lifetime as everything, everyone slows-down. We want you to stay safe, stay healthy and stay home. Lindsey, Brunella and myself are reporting on this worldwide Covid-19 epidemic. Lindsey will have the latest on how to cope with isolation. He should have that up soon. Brunella is in Italy and will bring you news about how Italians are coping with a country in lockdown.

This is not the time to lay blame on who or what started the coronavirus worldwide epidemic. It’s a time to be #TogetherStrong. We must let our doctors and scientists take the lead.

We haven’t forgotten about wolves. We will keep everyone updated regarding wolf news. Photograph credit John E Marriott.

#StayHome #SaferAtHome #StopTheSpread

Wishing all of our readers health! —Lindsey, Brunella & Rachel

Global Emergency: The question I have asked myself is how not to lose my balance & my sanity of mind…

In Italy we are reaching the limit of an unsustainable situation, in which our freedom as citizens is limited as if we were under house arrest: soldiers patrol the streets to control who and why people move, there are drones that guard from above a city now ghostly.

In a video shot by a drone I can see my abandoned city, lifeless and this has affected me deeply. I’ve never thought I love Turin so much…

Empty streets, full head. We are all isolated inside our homes, the only noises that come from outside are the singing of the birds and the sirens of the ambulances: a dystopian or science fiction movie scenario, such as “Day after”. In a video shot by a drone I can see my abandoned city, lifeless and this has affected me deeply. I’ve never thought I love Turin so much: we usually take it for granted that life flows naturally in the city where we live, with all its traffic of busy people who animate it. On the contrary, now, it seems that the city is sadly calling us, like a cat who has been shut up outside and asks to be allowed back into the house.

In this global emergency situation, the question I have asked myself is how not to lose my balance and sanity of mind . I’ve always been a very active woman and I’ve always nourished my spirit with constructive projects and ideas, I’ve always thought of loving my life and being exactly at the center of it. But now a doubt has arisen: who am I REALLY? Am I my plans? Or maybe the things I do? What is my being made of?

These days of forced imprisonment, during which we are forced to stop all our work or passion, are leading me to remodel my life. My priorities do not change, because those remain the same: affections, friendships and love for nature, in particular for wolves and their environment. However, I am shifting the center of gravity between my outside and my inside, I am going deep inside to find the identity of my life, something that says I’m alive and defines me as a person.

Surely I am a dreamer and curious: I know that without studying, reading and a positive reaction to this dramatic situation, I could not survive much without getting depressed. I discovered that there are totally useless and “unproductive” things that make me feel good if I do them, for example yesterday I danced to the notes of a loud music, moving my body, loosening up as only children can do.

In Italy we are reaching the limit of an unsustainable situation, in which our freedom as citizens is limited as if we were under house arrest: soldiers patrol the streets to control who and why people move, there are drones that guard from above a city now ghostly. I don’t think we will hold out much longer without some form of rebellion: we are used to a democratic regime that has now unexpectedly turned into a form of sanitary dictatorship and we don’t like it. We are a people full of imagination and unexpectedly strong: we know how to deal with problems lightly and cheerfully…. We will see: we are used to saying: who will live, will see!

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Me working at my desk.

#staysafe #stayathome

Me ready to go out for supplies.

Author: Brunella Pernigotti

I am a lover of wolves and of Nature in general. With the means of knowledge and awareness, I try to devote myself to the protection of the environment and of the endangered species, as far as I can do. I live in Turin, Italy. I’m a teacher, a writer and a photographer. I published a novel and a book of tales and have to my credit about ten one-man exhibitions of photos. I’m member of the board of a no-profit association of Turin, “Tribù del Badnightcafè”, that organizes cultural and artistic events. Besides I created a group of volunteers to help women who are victim of domestic violence.

Coronavirus Epidemic: How does an optimistic Italian citizen survive daily life on lockdown?

Brunella Pernigotti shares a glimpse of her daily life from Turin, Italy.

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Photo by Brunella Pernigotti: the empty arcades in the Turin center.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

In the world we Italians are known for our rowdy cheerfulness, exuberant creativity and also for the tendency not to respect laws and rules. We love being together and eating well. Therefore, and even more so in these days, we are all suffering from forced isolation and the severe rules that force us not to leave our house.

Italy on Lockdown

A week has already passed since our government decreed the closure of the whole country: not only schools, cinemas and theaters, but also bars, restaurants, parks. We can only go out for food supplies and for health reasons, otherwise we can be reported for an epidemic spreading.

Staying indoors is not easy. We have changed our habits: I wait for the television news to find out about the latest figures of the infected and dead people and I always try to interpret the expression on the faces of the interviewed persons, whether they are specialist doctors or politicians. I must confess that their desperate eyes frighten me more than the words they say.

The situation is very serious and we are all called to be responsible and I must admit that the Italians are responding well and with discipline. And despite the fear and anxiety for ourselves and our loved ones, we try to take courage over the phone, via social media and from balconies. For example, if I feel alone, I look out from my window and see all the other windows open, with people walking on the balcony, telephoning, and maybe sunbathing. At 6 in the afternoon we all go out to the balcony to sing and dance.

Photograph: The view from my balcony of a fellow Italian sunbathing.

Now it is evening and silence is falling again in the city, another day has passed: I read, studied, talked on the phone to friends near and far and I was able to fight depression, fear for my health and concern for my work that I have lost. #everythingwillbefine.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Today is Wednesday and in my normal life I used to teach in the afternoon and to go to my dance class in the evening. I’ve always loved my job and dancing, so being forced to stop all my activities without even having an idea of when all this nightmare will end weighs on me unspeakably.

I console myself by reasoning that luckily we are all well at the moment, (my loved ones and I), but this does not help me pass the time. However, today I had an idea that raised my spirits: in my apartment building there are two elderly people and also two heart patients who live alone. I offered to go shopping for them and they accepted: leaving the house to do food supplies is allowed. So I collected their orders on a list and in the afternoon I will go to the supermarket!

To go out you must have a sanitary mask and disposable gloves, then on your return you must wash your hands well and disinfect the handles. I am happy to have found something that will help me not to feel useless. I am not the only one who had this idea: many similar initiatives arose spontaneously in condominiums throughout Italy.

This dramatic moment is reviving the acts of humanity and solidarity that I thought were disappeared. Meanwhile, we continue to hope and wait for good news!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

In these days there is a joke that partly quotes a phrase from the film “Frankenstein Junior”: it could be worse, the Internet might not work. In fact, the obligation to stay at home has changed our lives and only thanks to the network we are able to continue to work and carry out the necessary activities at banks, post offices and administrative offices.

The apartment below mine is rented by students, since I live in a neighborhood near the University of Turin, and this morning one of them discussed his online degree, receiving the academic title of doctor: they are celebrating at home and I’ve told him from my balcony I am happy for him.

The internet also serves to make us feel connected with friends and with the outside world: at this time when fear, stress and depression are attacking us since we have suspended all our daily activities, many specialists in meditation and yoga techniques are creating events online in which everyone can participate: they offer live-videos where you can interact with them who teach us how to relax and lower the level of psychological tension.

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Self-portrait at home with my prayer to the world: “Please think, wake up!” 

Unfortunately, to this date, the news in my city is still of a long row of cars bearing coffins that come out of hospitals: inside there are people killed by COVID-19 and they are escorted to the cemetery by the army… Many people wonder if this intervention by the army is appropriate, because we are not a country accustomed to seeing the streets patrolled by soldiers in uniform that limit us in our freedom, but I’m afraid that at the moment there is no other way to convince people, who still believe that this is an easy walk, in taking the situation seriously as it should be.

Stay safe, stay well!