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London & Lexi
London & Lexi enjoying autumn breeze

Family - the most powerful word
[This article was originally published in the Fall issue of Wolf Tracks magazine, Wolf Haven's magazine for members.]

by Patt Poinsett, Director of Marketing & Development

The holidays are once again upon us and as we reflect on this past year, we naturally think about family. We know how critical family is for wolves - a cohesive, stable group of related wolves increases odds of survival in the wild.
One of the groups examining a Mexican wolf
Wildlife Handling Course - largest class ever
Each October, Wolf Haven hosts a 3-day Wildlife Handling & Chemical Immobilization course with Dr. Mark Johnson. This year, our diverse group of 28 included  wildlife professionals, tribal members, students, biologists, wildlife museum curators, animal sanctuary and shelter staff, and federal and state employees.

Dr. Johnson's course is a combination of classroom instruction and three hands-on workshops that include:
1) Drug Delivery Systems 2) Monitoring Vital Signs & Physical Exams (with dogs); and 3) Examination of Chemically Immobilized Captive Wolves. Five Mexican gray wolves and one red wolf were seen by class participants, with oversight from Wolf Haven animal care specialists, Dr. Johnson, and a team of experienced veterinarians. The examined wolves were all part of two federally managed captive breeding programs for endangered wolves, which require annual physical exams and blood work. 

We were very impressed with the caliber of this year's class.
Did you know? 
  • As a result of an Endangered Species Chocolate sponsored contest, Wolf Haven received a $2,000 donation. Howls (wolves) "won" over squeaks (bats) because of YOUR votes.
  • Is Wolf Haven's prairie really haunted? Read Anne's blog, Ghostly Tale.
  • We are excited to report that our upcoming presentation about Wolves in WA at REI, Olympia has a full audience scheduled to attend.
  • Thank you Caffe Vita for supporting Wolf Haven's participation in the Mexican wolf Species Survival Plan by donating $2 from every bag of Mexico Sierra Sur de Oaxaca coffee sold in October.
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