The wolf uses teamwork, unity and synergy to survive. It enables 90-pound wolves to bring down 1000-pound elk. In our 30 year history I have tried to bring together as many wolf advocacy people and groups as possible. We are all much stronger and more effective when we act together. The U.S. Wolf Refuge has been around for 30 years because of our working with other wolf groups and our dedicated volunteers working together.
Recently I had the opportunity to visit with all the wonderful people at Wolf Connection - a wolf and wolf-dog rescue facility in Acton, CA. (wolfconnection.org) They were having a wonderful event where visitors and some of their most social wolves and wolf-dogs would go on a 2 mile hike together. Visitors would get the chance to see the area surrounding Wolf Connection as well as to interact with the animals and have their pictures taken with them.
Our wonderful volunteer Dawnie Kennedy had been working with Steve Wastell of Wolf Connection in finding the best home for our Lokahi (Loup). She introduced me to Steve and we started to communicate about each other's sanctuary and our procedures. Wolf Connection, like most quality rescues is overwhelmed with number of wolves they presently have. So it was decided that this magnificent animal will stay here with us at the U.S. Wolf Refuge. Lokahi is deliberate in developing relationships. Presently he is content and secure with his pen-mate Niko, and I sincerely feel it will be quite traumatic for him to adjust to a new living situation.
My stay at Wolf Connection was quick but we managed to discuss many topics. I met Teo Alfero (founder & CEO). We had a rather lengthy conversation about wolves, their plight here in America, and the wolf-dog controversy. He originally focused solely on youth development and started using various animals for AAT (Animal Assisted Therapy). That brought him in contact with the people who are now Wolf Connection staff. Through his vision and leadership he has brought these two areas together. He is using the love and affection of wolves to show our "confused" youth what is like to feel "worthy" and "productive."
I was asked to conduct a video interview with Julia Huffman who is producing a video called Medicine of the Wolf (www.medicineofthewolf.com). Its trailer has rave reviews from those who know Julia and are renown wolf people. (Mike Phillips, Executive Director, Turner Species Fund - Brooks Fahy, Predator Defense - Colin McCormack, manager of The THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF UNITED STATES’s ACE program - Brooks Fahy, Predator Defense)
This was very worthwhile and enjoyable visit. I look forward to an open and supportive relationship between Wolf Connection and the U.S. Wolf Refuge.
In the Spotlight
Gray Wolf Observed at Grand Canyon
Although the United States Wolf Refuge newsletter is primarily about what happens at our sanctuary, we are once again copying you all in on this wonderful news from the "outside world" (not Temerity's World). On multiple occasions over the past few months a Gray Wolf (not a Mexican Gray Wolf) has been seen at different locations around the north rim area of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. It has been more than 70 years since wild wolves have roamed these areas. Fish and Wildlife has done DNA tests on the scat which has confirmed that this stunning animal is indeed a female Gray Wolf. At some point in her life she was collared but the collar is not currently transmitting, so it must be old. Fish and Wildlife people are currently attempting to trap the wolf so that a new collar can be fitted and so that they can tell exactly where she has traveled from. Most likely she has roamed 400+ miles looking for a mate and a new home. Who knows...maybe she's not alone. What a wonderful way to ring in the new year!
Also adding to this good news, Oregon Wolf OR7 and his mate have been seen on motion cameras along with BOTH of their pups. There is hope.
Four year old Catori (Hopi Indian for "Spirit") came to us in March 2012 from an animal shelter in Stockton California. This AMAZING wolf-dog came to us so flighty and people shy that nobody could even get near here. That's why it took animal control such a long time to be able to humanely trap her at the ranch where she was apparently abandoned. Bill Chamberlain was able to quickly gain her trust and by allowing her to have access to the inside of his home (along with a few other pack members) she slowly started to turn around. Now she will run up to great volunteers and visitors and graciously allows us all to pet her. She's like a totally different animal. You can read Catori's entire story on her "Our Resident Wolves" page of our website.
To celebrate "Catori" and her new life at our refuge, as well as helping her care for her pack she has been chosen as our Pack Member of the Month for December. Her Adopt-a-Wolf sponsorship packet will be on special for a reduced donation price for the entire month of December.
Looking Back at 2014
Normally our December or January newsletter is when we take the opportunity to look back at the year ~ remembering our celebrations, high points as well as low. As you wrap up your year and celebrate the holidays with your loved ones you can help our pack when you do your holiday shopping on Amazon. Click on the Amazon link in the left column - from there shop as usual. Amazon will automatically donate a small portion of the amount that you spend to our refuge!
While Takoda was visiting our volunteers in California in an attempt to help him shed a few pounds, he did alot more than that! He captured the family's heart and they offered him a new permanent home. He got the best of both worlds ... he is now reunited with his former friend wolf-dog Destiny (now Hina) and he has a wonderful home with alot of love AND he still gets to help out as a U.S. Wolf Refuge Ambassador at our large events like the Stanford Powwow.
In May the refuge celebrated our 30th anniversary saving wolves and wolf-dogs! Cheyanne was bumped up to an official U.S. Wolf Refuge Ambassador and we had one of the most successful Stanford Powwow events ever. We also grieved the loss of a rescue dog that we all instantly grew to love. "Pomai" (a senior Husky girl) spent the last few months of her life being loved by everyone she met and is still missed by the Kennedy Family. Her life is celebrated on one of our monuments at the refuge. Our "Friends of Our Wolves" monument memorializes some of the special pets who spent time with some of the U.S. Wolf Refuge packmembers or shared their lives with some of our dedicated volunteers.
In June of this year it was confirmed that Oregon wolf OR7 had found a mate and settled in the Cascade mountain range between Oregon and California. This was awesome news for all of us because many of the U.S. Wolf Refuge volunteers live in Northern California and have been following the travels of "Journey" (OR7) for the past couple of years.
Our July newsletter shared Bill Chamberlain's adventure in Yellowstone National Park where he was invited to be a guest speaker at the "Speak for Wolves" event. Bill spent time speaking with other guest speakers as well as traveling around Yellowstone. Some of the U.S. Wolf Refuge volunteers and ambassador animals attended the Art Paws event in Reno. This is a charity event sponsored each year by Petfolio Magazine in Reno.
In our August newsletter we introduced "Loup" and welcomed him to our pack. He is a very young higher content wolf-dog that came to us from his family in California.
In our September newsletter we told everyone that we had lost one of our oldest pack members and Alpha female "Shiloh". We also hosted a volunteer "Work Weekend" at the refuge which resulted in an unbelievable amount of work being done to complete our third multi-acre enclosure that is now the new home of 11 year old pure wolf "Lobo" and his aortic wolf mate "Nahini". Final work was also wrapped up on the huge mountain enclosure that is now home to Shadow, Nala and Shiloh's former penmate Cherokee.
In October's newsletter we formally introduce you all the Lobo and Nahini with pictures. October 11th Bill Chamberlain and volunteers Kai and Andrew attended the Wildlife Conservation Network Expo in San Francisco.
Bill Chamberlain wrote about the WCN Expo in our November newsletter.
"Old Man Winter" has arrived to the mountains where our refuge is located. ... all of our pack members are curling up to stay warm at night but LOVING the cool weather during the daylight hours! We have no events planned until 2015.