Seeing Wolves in the Wild

Have you ever wanted to catch a glimpse of a wild wolf? If the answer is yes, you're in luck. With the amazing recovery wolves have made in the US over the past 10 years, it is now easier to find them than it has been in over a century. Thousands of people every year have the privilege of seeing a wolf in its natural habitat. Remember, that doesn't guarantee that you will find a wolf whenever or wherever you look. It takes dedication, persistence, and the right equipment to be successful.

The most likely place to find wild wolves is in the Northeastern corner of Yellowstone National Park. Since being reintroduced, the Druid Peak Pack has moved into the Lamar Valley and spends most of the year rearing its pups, hunting, and socializing within a couple of miles of the road. When you reach Yellowstone, ask a Ranger where you might find the wolves, and then keep a keen eye out for large groups of people with spotting scopes. The best time of day to see the wolves is sunrise to mid-morning, and then again in the evening. Be sure to take warm clothes, sunscreen, water, binoculars, a spotting scope if you have one, and lots of patience. The most important thing to remember is: Respect the wolves and other wildlife. They need lots of room and you probably won't get closer than ½ mile away from them.

So, go out and enjoy! Some of the M:W staff's fondest moments with wolves have been in the wild. Come to the refuge and learn about their personalities, then go see them in the wild, where they belong.

Of Wolves and Kids...

As each summer arrives, the Mission: Wolf refuge gears up for hundreds of visitors who come to learn about wolves. One of our favorite parts of the busy summer season is getting to meet and talk to so many school groups and kids’ camps. The high energy and new perspectives the kids bring with them to the refuge are always inspiring. Great associations such as Interlocken, The Road Less Traveled and The Cottonwood Institute send groups our way for days at a time. In exchange for a tour of the refuge and answers to all of their questions, the kids offer help with many of our summer projects. It is always wonderful to have a few extra hands to put up fence, haul meat to the wolves, and help out with our building projects.

Each year, more and more lucky classes convince their teachers to take them on a field trip to Mission: Wolf. One of the best ways to teach students about the world is through hands-on projects. What better way to teach respect for wolves, wildlife, and all life, than to give students the opportunity to look into a wolf's bright yellow eyes and realize it isn’t all that different from us after all? With each class that comes to the refuge, the students ask more challenging questions, making our staff think harder about wolves and all of the issues that surround them, and the kids go home more inspired than we can imagine. Many return years later as adult volunteers.

If you are interested in organizing a fieldtrip or camp visit to the refuge, please send us an email or leave a message at (719) 859-2157. As the old saying goes - even one person can make a difference... students, parents, teachers, anyone can set up a visit.

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