For the Wolves the startup of 2010 National Wolf Awareness Week (WAW) was fantastic. They received a deer from a bow hunter. They wound up getting another from him a few days later. We had a great turnout for the 2010 WAW free admission days. We had visitors from several States along with people from Mississippi who traveled hours to see the Wolves. This year the visitors who came the furthest were from Oklahoma. The young woman received a symbolic adoption of Ohoyo last Christmas and her Dad and Grandpa brought her to meet her. The Wolves were a bit overwhelmed with the stream of cars that made their way into the Preserve particularly on the last Saturday. Niko Akni was worried and Don had to sit in the enclosure with him most of the day on Saturday. Nita decided to distress howl. She has never done that before. We were all trying to figure out what sparked that when someone brought a pet rat out of their car. There are no pets allowed for this very reason. Wolves have a keen sense of smell and will even know when a pet rat is stowed away in your vehicle. One woman showed up during the week with a barking dog in her car. When I said pets weren’t allowed she said she read that in our Visitor Information but didn’t think it meant in her car! We don’t make up these rules just to make rules. The Wolves are extremely territorial and another strange animal in their territory causes them a lot of anxiety. I believe we accomplished our goal of educating the public on the true nature of Wolves. We also plan on being open to the public more in 2011 so the Wolves won’t get as stressed out with visitors to their home. We met an awful lot of nice people and we thank you for visiting the Preserve.
I would like to give a most sincere thank you to Susan and Mike Kline who once again judged our Wolf Awareness Week Contest. I felt so sorry for them having to pick winners out of all the fantastic entries we received. Here is a link to the results of 2010 National Wolf Awareness Week Contest winners. Make sure you check out the Honorable Mentions as well. Chorus Howls of thanks to everyone who participated.
Hope to see more of you during 2011 and of course at our next Wolf Awareness Week celebration.