Griffin’s overarching goal, he tells me, is simply for ranching to endure. That lifestyle is where his heart is, and so too is the protection of open spaces that allow for entire ecosystems — wolves included — to thrive. In this way, he sees the fate of the ranchers and the wolves as interconnected.
So when Californians think about how to best protect wolves, he hopes they also think about protecting the people who must live with them.
“Ranchers shouldn’t be the only ones shouldering the burden of having wolves present on the landscape,” he says.