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This January was the calmest I could remember ever having at the Preserve during the Wolves winter breeding season. I’m quite sure it is from the fact that the sought after Male Wolf was Waya. With his passing and the timing of his illness, none of the Wolves got to pair bond properly. They are also still mourning the loss of a pack mate. There were a few fights between Chito and Woha but nothing major or even close. We all needed the break it was a rough Fall.
The weather has been all over the place due to El Nino. Warm, like record breaking warm. Then freezing cold, snow, warm again and we have a severe weather outbreak coming our way on Tuesday. It’s been warm but very windy the past few days. The wolves are not found of wind as it messes with their sense of smell.
Ohoyo suffered a sprained left front leg injury at the beginning of the month. I’m thinking it probably happened when she was jumping on the roof of one of her houses when it was icy. I’m pleased to say that it is healed and she is not favoring it anymore. The Wolves always amaze me as they heal so much faster than humans do from injuries of this kind.
During their breeding season, they don’t eat very well as they have other things on their mind. As soon as it’s over, which is where we are now, their appetites return and they eat much more than they normally do. I guess they are making up for lost time. We feed them more during cold weather outbreaks as they burn calories faster than normal.