Grey / Timber Wolf

Grey wolves, also called timber wolves, are found throughout the northern hemisphere and have lived in every U.S. state except Hawaii.  Today, grey

wolves are the subject of much controversy as ranchers and others who live among them in parts of the U.S. fight for their right to protect their livestock and livelihoods.  Wild populations are "endangered" in most of the lower 48 states, however some states recently removed them from the endangered list, enraging many conservationists.

Grey (or gray) wolves have been kept in captivity for decades, despite the difficulties owners face when unable to provide their care any longer.  Due to the natural tendencies of a wolf - behaviors are not as much like a domestic dog as many owners would hope or expect - keeping them as "pets" individually or even in very small groups is dangerous and challenging.  Laws often prohibit ownership, and many domestic animal rescues will not accept wolves or wolf-hybrid dogs."Beo", grey wolf

"Mono", "Beo" (left) and "Trio" arrived at BPAS in 2011.  These siblings were among six family members living at a road-side zoo that closed in 2009.  Due to a lack of financial and human resources, the facility began finding new homes for many animals, including these, to ensure their long-term care.

Approximately 18 months after the arrival of the three wolves, Black Pine learned two remaining pack members (one had passed away by then) were confiscated from the deteriorating facility and had been taken to a peer sanctuary, Exotic Feline Rescue Center.  After a quick phone call it became clear that all involved were excited to reunite the pack permanently to Black Pine.

Within a couple of weeks the father of the pack, "Nanook" and the youngest brother, "Six" were brought to BPAS.  After a month-long quarantine period, during which the animals received treatments for parasites and malnourishment, they were reunited with the rest of the family.  (See a video of the reunion here!) 

Sadly, Nanook passed away in November 2012 from inoperable cancer in the throat and upper palette of the mouth.  He thrived and enjoyed life, and his family, for several months before quietly slipping away with staff by his side.

Today, Beo is the alpha male, with younger brother Six a beta male.  Mono is the alpha female, and younger sister Trio a 'beta'.  These siblings are thriving, thanks to the support of so many who make Black Pine's mission possible.  A very special thanks to Meshell Schloss for funding the spacious wolf habitat. 

InfoBox - Grey/Timber Wolf

Status:  Endangered in most parts of the lower 48 states in the U.S.

Diet:  Hooved animals, beaver, rabbit, and other mammals; berries and occasionally other vegetation.

Life span:  Up to 10 years in the wild; up to 15 years in captivity.

Weight:  60 to 130 pounds.

Native habitat:  Canada, and the northern U.S. border states.  Mexican wolves found in New Mexico and Arizona. Throughout the northern hemisphere in Europe and Asia.