Everyone can help keep Michigan's wolves protected. Here's Alyssa Grayson's story.

My Story

My name is Alyssa, I'm 12 years old, and I am the Jr. Advocate for the National Wolfwatcher Coalition (NWC), and a US Fish and Wildlife Service volunteer. I am also the recipient of the Humane Society of the United States's Kind Kid for 2012 award for my work to help save wolves.

I do my best to educate people about the real wolf, not the 'big, bad wolf' mentioned in fairytales. Many people have misconceptions about wolves. Some think that wolves eat people (which they do not), and some think wolves are friendly.

In truth, wolves are shy and elusive animals that do their best to stay away from people. This is one of the things I teach children in my programs. I have many different ones I do, ranging from five minutes to sometimes over an hour.

How I'm Helping

Recently, I had a wolf tent at the Rhode Island Great Outdoors Pursuit educating people about wolves and why they're important. I also have a blog on the Wolfwatcher website called Alyssa's Den.

I think the work I do is very important, because wolves need our help more than ever right now. In some states pups, pregnant females and any other wolves can be killed for any reason at any time without a permit - and these wolves don't even count towards the hunting quota.

So many wolves can be brutally trapped and killed for no reason. This method isn't management, it's eradication.

What You Can Do

You don't have to do public presentations or anything like that to support wolves, but you can. Be as creative as you want to get the word out. Maybe even start a club at your school.

You can write letters to Secretary Sally Jewell asking her not to delist wolves, and even ask your friends to do the same.

We may not be old enough to vote yet, but we can still make our voices heard, because our voices are just as important.

Join Kids for Pups in their struggle to keep Michigan wolves protected and speak up for wolves.