U.S. Wolf Refuge Returns to Arizona
to Speak About Mexican Wolf Recovery
Mexican Wolf Recovery Still In Peril
by Bill Chamberlain
Jeff Dolphin of Arizona Dept. of Fish & Game and Bill Chamberlain of the U.S. Wolf Refuge will be the featured speakers at an informational presentation/discussion event in Sedona, Arizona. to be held on January 9th & 10th. It will be at the U.S. Forest Service Administration Building at the Red Rock Ranger Station in Sedona, Arizona. This event will be held on January 9th from 11am-2:30pm and on January 10 from 10am-2pm.
This event is intended to address much of the misinformation that is fueling the controversy surrounding the Mexican wolf recovery program. This is done with objective, factual, science-based information being presented by knowledgeable, experienced speakers such as these.
The Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) is the most highly endangered wolf in the world and the most highly endangered mammal in North America. There are less than 83 of them in the wild. Its recovery has been tumultuous and controversial. Bill has been an active and instrumental participant in the program since its beginning back in 1995.
Bill has also been requested to attend another such informational event in Flagstaff, Arizona on January 14. The details are yet to be finalized.
Enclosure Swaps For Mental Stimuli
Aaron Baker. and his lovely family spent a delightful day here at the Refuge. The sun was out and the air was crisp. The animals were enjoying the break from the previous days of gloomy cloudiness.
They are the wonderful family that unknowingly took Lokahi (Loup) into their home. They quickly learned that he was not like a dog and that their home was not what Lokahi needed.
l wanted their visit to be enlightening, meaningful and productive. It is quite a challenge to give wolves sufficient stimuli to fully enrich their lives. Wolves have a far greater level of intelligence than dogs and therefore can become easily bored. One of the things that helps in this is to rotate them from enclosure to enclosure. This gives them a whole new set of sights and smells.
Aaron, his wife and Bill spent several hours coaxing Lobo & Nahini into the main compound where Lokahi and Niko lived and getting Lokahi and Niko into the enclosure where Lobo and Nahini had lived. All 4 of these animals have many wild wolf behaviors and this enclosure exchange had to be done with extreme care and patience. The forethought that went into the fence arrangement made this pen swap relatively easy.
All 4 animals are quite excited about their new surroundings. It is joyful to see them this happy and excited about everything they do.
This family, along with the U.S. Wolf Refuge, is going to produce a video that will chronicle the events leading to Lokahi coming to the U.S. Wolf Refuge. It is intended to show the difficulties in private individuals keeping captive wolves and to ultimately eliminate any wolves having to experience the trauma of captivity. It will explain how complicated it is and will strongly discourage all those breeding, selling or buying them.
Anyone having a story where uninformed people have tried to keep a wolf as a pet that ended unfortunately please contact the U.S. Wolf Refuge.
3 is Not Always a Crowd
When it comes to Tully, Bandit and Keoke, three is not a crowd. These three "partners in crime" share the largest mountain enclosure at the U.S. Wolf Refuge. Although they snarl and snip at each other once in awhile they are virtually inseparable. If one of these big guys is removed from their little pack they are NOT happy about it and make it known that they want back in with their buddies!
Tully is one of our senior pack members and has spent a good portion of his life at the refuge. He came to us from a ranch in Southern California after one of his owners died. Tully has been adopted twice since his arrival but both attempts failed for various reasons. Tully is happy where he is. Our refuge will be his home for the remainder of his life.
Bandit is a local guy. He came to us from the Reno area after his family found out that they literally bit off way more than they could chew with this giant puppy. He was huge and off the charts energetic – way too much to be around the children in the family. Believe me....this "Wild Child" was more than a challenge for everyone at the refuge in his younger days. He has since grown from a very homely, long-legged, giant pup into a VERY HANDSOME male wolf-dog.
Keoke is a magnificent, large, and strong, male that came to us from a military family in Southern California. He has gone thru some personality changes as he has matured as many wolf-dogs do. Because of this his original owners (who were starting a family) were not comfortable having him around infants. Keoke was recently adopted, however due to some aggressive behaviors it was mutually decided that he needed to come back to live at the refuge where he is not exposed to any situations that could get him into trouble. We enjoy Keoke and he very happily co-exists with his best friends Tully and Bandit.
Because Keoke's story is so common among these magnificent animals we would like to celebrate his life this month as our "PACK MEMBER OF THE MONTH" for the first month in this New Year. Keoke's Adopt-a-Wolf packet will be on special for the entire month of January 2015.
"Old Man Winter" has settled in for the duration. ... all of our pack members are curling up to stay warm at night but LOVING the cool weather during the daylight hours!
The next scheduled event is the Stanford PowWow on Mother's Day weekend in May.