(North Salem, N.Y. ) -- Katie Wagner is going for the gold.

The North Salem High School junior has been a member of her Girl Scout Troop #2850 since the first grade, and credits her inspirational girl scout leader, Dawn McCarthy, as her inspiration behind not only earning her Bronze and Silver Awards, but working on her Gold award as well.

As an animal lover, she has chosen to work with The Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, to complete her Gold Award. Her goal; to help promote the human role in protecting wolves and their future.

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“Over the course of the year I have worked with elementary school students in my community to help educate them about wolves. Unfortunately growing up reading fairy tales about wolves portrays these marvelous mammals as big and bad and leaves most of us scared of wolves.”

It has been her wish to help change those views and promote wolf conservation not only with young children but with her peers and other community members as well. 

She called The Wolf Conservation Center “an amazing place right here in our community that is staffed with caring, dedicated people who are making a difference every day.”

On Saturday, Feb. 18, Wagner set up a table at Hayfields Market in North Salem to help spread the word about wolf conservation. 

She said many residents who stopped by were clearly interested in learning about wolves and the local conservation center.  She said the Wolf Conservation Center has an Amazon Wish List of items they are in need of that can be ordered on behalf of the wolves there. She says people can also visit the conservation’s website and make a donation to help support the wolf conservation effort and learn more about these magnificent creatures. 

Visit http://nywolf.org/ for more information and to learn more about upcoming wolf events.