The Bet (and Resources)

“Re-establishing wolves in western Colorado could connect the entire North American wolf population from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan through Canada and Alaska, down the Rocky Mountains into Mexico. It would be difficult to overestimate the biological and conservation value of this achievement.

– Dr. L. D. Mech, biologist

Hi All,

I’m making a $100K bet on a time-sensitive opportunity: reintroducing wolves to Colorado, and, in doing so, reconnecting wolves from Canada to Mexico. Western Colorado is the missing piece.

As ecologists have told me, and as far as I know, this is the only clear opportunity in the world to reestablish a major carnivore at a continental scale.

The first step is getting the wolf reintroduction measure on the ballot, which requires securing roughly 200,000 signatures in CO. My goal is to help gather as close to 200,000 by the end of September 2019. Volunteer effort is a powerful force, but professional signature gatherers are also needed, and it’s estimated that $600,000 USD should help ensure the 200,000 signatures.

I’m offering $100,000 of my own money as a matching grant. If my listeners and readers donate $100K to the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund (below) by August 28th, I will then add $100K of my own, getting us at least 1/3 of the way there.

This is a rare opportunity to have a massive impact… and there is a limited window of time to help make it happen.


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You all did it! Since the Mike Phillips podcast last week, you’ve donated $117,578 to @rockymtnwolf for wolf restoration in CO, the missing piece for connecting wolf populations from the arctic to Mexico. This then triggered my personal donation of $100,000, and the organization and allies were able to leverage the match to raise a total of nearly $400K. That’s a very meaningful week! @rockymtnwolf is now within spitting distance of having sufficient funds to (hopefully) gather 200,000 signatures in CO and get wolf reintroduction on the 2020 ballot. If this all works out, as iconic biologist Dr. L.D. Mech has put it, “It would be difficult to overestimate the biological and conservation value of this achievement.” Each of you should be very proud, and I’m extremely grateful for the incredible showing and generosity. This is a big deal and a major step forward towards reestablishing a major carnivore at a continental scale, which has beneficial ecological impacts far beyond wolves. Let that sink in for a minute. Onward and upward! 🙏 (shirt in pic courtesy of @wolfconservationcenter)

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Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund (DONATE LINK)

Please note on the above: If you would like to make a major donation or contribute stocks and/or securities, or cryptocurrency, please contact Rick Ridder at 303-832-2444 or Rick(at)

Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund (Homepage)

Rocky Mountain Wolf Project (Take Action petition page)

Rocky Mountain Wolf Project (Homepage)