did Wolf Timbers begin?
grew out of our past directors desire to provide an opportunity for
the public to see the wolf in as natural habitat as possible so that
the many fears, myths, and superstitions that have been attributed
to the wolf for many years can be offered a chance to be put to rest.
do we feed the wolves?
feed deer killed in car collisions. We also feed raw hamburger, Nebraska
Brand Canine Diet and for treats, the wolves have received the following:
Apples, watermelon, honeydews, muskmelon, ice cream, pizza, pig ears
coated with peanut butter, corn on the cob, squash, to name a few.
we plan on getting any more wolves?
At the present time
we are exploring the option of adding pup(s). More information will
be provided as it becomes available.
are the ages of the wolves?
was born April 9, 1997, Keeley was born April 21, 1997 and Ingo (deceased)
was born April 22, 1999. All three wolves at Wolf Timbers were born
at Wolf Park.
were the wolves named
Nira and Keeley were
named from two creeks in Northern Minnesota. In 1996, the director
was in the Ely, Minnesota area and was surprised
to see a free-ranging wolf on the highway. When he looked at a
map, it was discovered that two creeks were in the vicinity of the
area, Nira and Keeley creek. Ingo came to us with his name already
do we feed the wolves
|Usually, we drag in
a venison carcass, accompanied by many volunteers to provide a distraction
to the wolves.
they have puppies?
|Nira and Keeley are
surgically sterilized. This was a requirement from the US Fish and
Wildlife Service's endangered species permit. Ingo will not be surgically
|Wolves, unlike dogs,
only bark sparingly. Usually it is to defend pups, a den site or food
from other wolves. They will also bark and bare their teeth in an
effort to communicate displeasure to other wolves - usually over an
object or food.
|When wolf pups are
about ten days of age, their eyes first open. Their eyes are a deep
murky blue, but by about three weeks of age the pups eyes have turned
a bright blue. Around six to eight weeks of age the pups eyes will
turn green and finally will reach their adult color which can be anything
from pale yellow, to amber or even orange or brown. Adult wolves do
not have blue eyes like can be seen in some dogs such as Siberian
|Have THESE wolves
ever attacked people?
these wolves are still wild, socialization to humans and certain rules
that we follow decrease the possibility that they will attack us.
Generally, an all out attack is not that common. What usually happens
is that the human that gets bitten has forgotten to follow certain
rules that govern wolf packs. As human caretakers of the wolves, we
must never forget that the wolves do not follow our etiquette, but