Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Seacrest Wolf Preserve

This is how the road to the wolf preserve looks after a night of rain. It rained throughout our visit, but not so much as to drench us. The owner of the preserve had an interesting story to tell as to how he and his wife came to have a preserve. It started when his wife lost her 4 Siberian Huskies to rattlesnake bites. Someone they knew offered her a couple of wolf-dog hybreds. With this simple start and the help of many volunteers, Seacrest Wolf Preserve came to be.
This old wolf was the only one tame enough to pose for a picture. He is the Beta in his pack. We learned that it isn't the largest and strongest wolf that becomes Alpha, but the one with the right attitude to hold the position. Several wolves were in small fenced areas within the larger habitat as it was mating season. Wolves give birth only once a year, and only during April and May. The preserve has 4 packs. Each pack has a large fenced enclosure with rolling hills, a deep pond, woods, and open areas. You can see the fencing in the background. It's 10' chain link with barbed wire at the top. There is another 4' of fencing coming out across the top of the ground along the base of the fence. It has a light cover of dirt. They have an electric fence wire beside the chainlink to keep the packs from fighting through the fence. A lesson for the guys was to be learned from the wolves. It seems getting between two fighting females is a bad place to be. One male wolf had half his ear bitten off and another lost his leg!
Some of you may know that Roy and I used to feed raccoons at our home in Brimley by cracking open the patio door. I finally got to hold a couple! They were soft and these two didn't seem to be smelly.
Here's Roy with an Artic fox. The guide said they turn black in the Summer!

Here is my skunk friend. He lives in the house with the owners! He is said to be litter trained and seeks opportunities to be on the owners lap like a cat. Isn't he cute!