Among the rare animals living in the North Cascades ecosystem is one that may surprise you - the wolf. North Cascades National Park Service Complex and its neighboring public lands in Washington and British Columbia are an impressive expanse of wild country. These lands preserve the hope that animals now rare will have room to live. The wolf's presence here, though in numbers much reduced from long ago, is testimony to the wildness of these mountains.

What is it about the wolf that fires people's imaginations, repelling some and attracting others? Wolves are shy, intelligent animals with complex social structures. Can we distinguish between the reality of the wolf and the legends we have created? Can we accept this fabled predator as part of the diversity of life on earth, occupying its well-earned niche in the scheme of things? Can we enjoy its howl in the North Cascades where it can roam free?

The questions and answers here provide pertinent information about wolves and their status in the North Cascades.
Young wolf
If you see a wolf-like animal or its sign, observe its behavior and appearance, and report it to a visitor or information center or email your wildlife observation.
Contact us with additional questions.

Last updated: August 24, 2023

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