Holan Shows Potential; Wacipi Misses Her Man

Any day that I get to spend with the wolves is a day etched forever in my memory.  There is never a day that is boring or lackluster.  For example, I spent Saturday, November 10, 2012, at Wolf Mountain Sanctuary.  The day was FULL of fun events!

Per usual, I picked up Donna, as she lives about halfway between me and the High Desert.  We spend the time chatting and catching up on all the strange events in our lives.  It certainly makes the drive seem much faster!

So … cold?  COLD!!!!!!!  And windy.  It was in the 80s and 90s earlier in the week, but was hovering in the low 50s with a cutting wind on Saturday.  But who cares?

A little hunkering down in the jackets, hands stuffed into pockets, and all was well.  Until hands had to come out of pockets to pet wolves!

There were a couple of lovely groups in the late morning/early afternoon.  Holan and Goyathlay were in the courtyard running around, generally acting like the eight-month-olds they are.  Holan grabbed one man’s water bottle and led us on a merry chase!

One of the guys sat on the picnic table and Holan followed him right up, posing for pictures and taking snacks quite delicately!  Wow!  What a pleasure to see my “little man” acting all grown up!  Of course, this lasted for about ten seconds before he was off chasing Goyathlay again.

Holan nicely taking a snack from a visitor.

Okay, yes, there are branches in the way!  It was really windy.  No matter what I did, there was this one branch that kept Photobombing my shot.  Oh well!

When Donna and I go to WMS, we always stop at Winco for some woofie treats and a little lunchy-lunch for ourselves.  This day we went with mini white pumpkins, two for each wolf.  The wolves LOVE pumpkins!  It is insane to watch them eat these little gourds.  Most of them just hold the pumpkins between their paws and use that enormous jaw pressure to pulverize the food.  Below is Goyathlay showing how it is done.

Goyathlay destroying his pumpkin

On the other hand, Holan was attempting to pick his pumpkin up by the teeny tiny stem!  He would balance it between his paws, put it on a rock, open his mouth just a little, get a hold of the stem, and lift it!

Holan and His Pumpkin

This is one of the things I love about wolves.  Just when you think you have seen it all … WA-CHANG … something new and entertaining happens!

Istas, our beloved, is still in the “infirmary” on the front porch.  He is getting super special treatment, including insulin shots and a special diet.  He let me love up on him a little bit, but he really only has eyes for Mama (Tonya).

Istas in the Infirmary

Not my best photograph, but … well … you can see that he is attentive and looking as gorgeous as ever, if a few pounds lighter.

When I made the rounds to say good-night, I stopped to give Wacipi some special attention.  I didn’t know, but Tonya was taking Istas for a little walk-about.  Wacipi started whining, looking longingly toward the front of the property.  When Istas went out of view, Wacipi started to howl.

Usually when one wolf starts howling, they all pitch in.  Not this time.  This was Wacipi’s “grieving” howl.  The other wolves were respectful of her needs.  She so misses her man!  To have my hand in her ruff while she howled was amazing.  The deep vibration in her chest … wow.

Wacipi and Istas Sweetness

All in all, a very good day.  All the visitors were really nice.  Tonya was in rare form with the stories and laughs.  We were all bundled up for the cold, but had enough range of motion to give hugs and squeezes at the end of the day!

Do you want to visit Wolf Mountain Sanctuary?  Call 760-248-7818 or visit our website at http://www.wolfmountain.com.  Also check out our Facebook page at Wolf Mountain Sanctuary – Official Page.

Until next time, happy howls!

Las Vegas Event POSTPONED!!

The November Native American Art & Film Festival in Las Vegas has been postponed.

As soon as I know the new date, I will post!

Thanks, cheers, and BIG HOWLS!



EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT!!! Tonya will be in Las Vegas, NV from November 1st through 4th for the 13th Annual Native American Art & Film Festival at the South Point Hotel & Casino! WMS will have a booth (thank you Michael, Jason, Sarah, and Cory for agreeing to work the booth). Tonya will be giving a lecture on WMS and wolves in general.

Tonya’s goal is to attract attention to WMS and to find sponsorship to move WMS to Colorado.

“The 13th Annual Native American Arts and Film Festival has food and entertainment including International film short’s and full length film’s featuring a wide variety of subjects such as Native American culture, wildlife issues, and foreign films.”

Patricia Martinelli Price of the Pulidor Foundation-Spirit of the Nations is responsible for this event. http://pulidorfoundationspiritofthenations.webs.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/325152280914845/

Website: http://www.cowboysindians.com/Cowboys-Indians/Calendar/index.php/name/Pulidor-Foundation-Spirit-of-the-Nations-13th-Annual-Native-American-Arts-and-Film-Festival/event/11109/

Cheers, Stacy

Upcoming Event – Paws-n-Claws Pet Fair

EVENT:  Apple Valley Paws-n-Claws Pet Fair

LOCATION:  Apple Valley Civic Center Park, 14955 Dale Evans Parkway, Apple Valley, California 92307

DATE/TIME:  September 8, 2012, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Celebrate all things furry, scaly and finned at the Annual Paws n’ Claws Pet Fair presented by the Town of Apple Valley Animal Services Department from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This event gets bigger and better every year. Join other pet enthusiasts for demonstrations, retail vendors, snake avoidance training, pet vaccines, animal licensing, microchip services, contests, prizes and more.

WOLF MOUNTAIN SANCTUARY will have a booth!  Come visit us!!!

Cheers, Stacy

WMS Boycotts “The Grey” and Changes a Few Minds!

WMS staff and friends went to the Cinemark Movie Theater on Bear Valley Road in Apple Valley CA to boycott the movie “The Grey.”

The reason for the boycott is simple.  The storyline of “The Grey” is erroneous and portrays wolves as vicious man-killers.  The CGI made the wolves look like giant robo-wolves.  For anyone unfamiliar with wolves, they might think that this is an accurate depiction of these animals.

Further, it has become known that the director, Mr. Carnahan, had his cast and crew eat wolf meat/jerky.  It is said that 4 wolves were killed, 2 used for carcasses in the movie and 2 slaughtered for their meat (I am currently unable to complete back up that claim, but will update this post as I find reliable information).  According to reports, the wolf meat made most of the cast and crew sick.  Yet Liam Neeson is on record as saying that he liked the wolf meat, equating it with chicken, albeit more gamey.

It is unbelievable, in this day and age, that anyone would consume wolf meat.  There is a reason why we do not eat the meat of a predator.  Predators, including human beings, mostly eat animals that graze.  The grazing makes for good, nutritious meat.  The grazers (elk, cattle, deer, etc.) are able to digest grass, which we cannot, and pass on nutrients that we need.  The meat of a predator is not nutritious to us … hence why we do not usually eat the meat of bears, lions, cougars, and wolves (among other predators).

So, the very idea that Liam Neeson is on record that he ate wolf meat and compared it with gamey chicken is reprehensible.  It is just the sort of information anti-wolf folks will take and use in their campaign to destroy all wolves.

Add to that the fictitious storyline of man-killing wolves who are gigantic and vicious … well, you have a cauldron of misinformation that is damaging to the already precarious political and social environment concerning wolves.

Tonya, Danna, and others braved the cold and long day to enlighten a few people about wolves and convinced them to NOT see the movie!  Every person who choose a different movie or learned something important about wolves … thank you.

PS I know Danna took photos of the boycott, but I have not yet received permission from her to put those photos in this blog.  Once I do, I will add them!

NBC News Article on Wolf Mountain Sanctuary!!

I am so excited!  Last November, I spoke with Jonathan Lloyd of NBC News about Wolf Mountain Sanctuary.  Below is the link for his article, quoting me and using my photographs (super added bonus!)… I am beyond the moon for the publicity for WMS!  Cheers, Stacy



Please join Wolf Mountain Sanctuary

as we celebrate the Holiday of Love

with our fabulous wolves!

Who:  Why, you, of course!

What: Celebrate all things LOVE and WOLVES!

When: February 11, 2012

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.(Arrive no later than 1:00 p.m. for lunch)

Where: Wolf Mountain Sanctuary, Lucerne Valley, California

Why:  Do we need a reason to celebrate LOVE?  Okay … Valentine’s Day!

Cost: $75 for a full day with the wolves, including a fabulous lunch.  A $150 VALUE without the lunch!!

Specify steak or chicken.  There will be plenty of choices for our vegetarian friends!

Bring your own non-alcoholic beverage!

RSVP by 2/4/12 to Tonya or Stephanie at 760-248-7818.  They will give you directions!

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day?  I can think of no other!


PS:  Yes, you can still come for a regular one hour tour ($25/person).  Just let us know that when you call for your reservation.

Istas and Wacipi in a Valentine's Day Mood



WMS will be at Pomona Pet Expo 11/5/11 and 11/6/11


Please come visit Wolf Mountain Sanctuary at the 2011 Pet Expo at the Pomona Fairplex!  We will be there November 5th and 6th, 2011.  The show hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.  Building 7 is the place to be!

The Fairplex is located at 1101 W. McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768.  Check out their website at: http://petexpousa.net/holiday-pet-expo/

We will be doing a raffle and will have loads of merchandise and good cheer to share!

Come see us!

P.S.  If you have any questions, please call Tonya at 760-248-7818.


We Say Farewell to a Dear Friend

Tonya just learned that her dear friend, Christel Hunsaker, passed away recently.

Tonya and Christel met through the Wild Wolf Women of the Web and created a strong personal bond.

Christel supported Wolf Mountain Sanctuary for years.  Christel, her husband, Gary, and daughter, Karen (“Little Sister”) were so kind and loving.  They always made Tonya laugh and relax.

Our sympathies go out to Gary and Karen and the rest of the Hunsaker clan.  We love you and miss you.

O, our Father, the Sky, hear us and make us strong.
O, our Mother, the Earth, hear us and give us support.
O, Spirit of the East, send us your Wisdom.
O, Spirit of the South, may we tread your path of life.
O, Spirit of the West, may we always be ready for the long journey.
O, Spirit of the North, purify us with your cleansing winds.

(A Sioux Prayer)

Blue is Recovering from Eye Surgery!

Mr. Boo Blue (that’s what I call him!) had surgery on October 12, 2011.  Blue has suffered for years with glaucoma in his left eye.  The swelling has waxed and waned over time, but it became obvious that the best thing to do was to have the eye removed.  Tonya originally told the vet would be able to do an eye transplant from a dog.  While that would have been groovy, the surgery, the recovery, and the possibility of transplant-rejection made that decision less appealing.

Blue, feisty big man, was not excited about being muzzled and put into the van.  Wrestling an unwilling 180 pound wolf into a van means that the human beings sometimes get in the way of flailing paws!  Tonya, Stephanie, Bob, and Michael each have some bruises to proudly show for their efforts.

The surgery was a great success!  The vet was concerned that there might be a mass behind the eye, but, blessed be, no mass was found.  The eye has been sent to the pathologist for testing just to make sure there isn’t anything else we need to address.

When Blue came home, he was not interested in being sequestered on the front porch (the usual “hospital” spot) and wanted to “get home” to his girl, Niwah.  Tonya described Niwah as being very excited to see Blue, quivering and sniffing him.  According to Tonya, Niwah was saying, “Where have you been?  What were you doing?  You smell funny.  I’m glad you are home.”  Nonplussed, Blue walked over to the water tub and laid down on the cool dirt.

Tonya, Stephanie, Bob, and everyone else will be keeping their attention on Blue during his recovery, but we believe that he will come through with flying colors.  We can only imagine what a relief it was for him to have the eye removed, as it was caused pressure.

The veterinary surgeon did the surgery for FREE (I will get the vet’s name for proper praise)!!  While WMS saved a lot of money because of this vet’s generosity, the animal hospital did charge a $1000 facility fee.  Needless to say, WMS needs donations from our friends to help pay this bill … please visit http://www.wolfmountain.com and click on the Donate page to set up a one-time or recurring donation through PayPal.

As a side note, on the way to and from the animal hospital, Tonya’s van was leaking gas.  She thinks her mechanic fixed the problem perhaps a fuel line leak), but Tonya is really hoping that someone out there has a large van (like an Econoline or Caravan) to donate to WMS for wolf transport.  If you have a van, small bus, or school bus that you would like to donate, please contact Tonya at 760-248-7818.

Tonya would like to thank the vet surgeon, the staff at the animal hospital, and all of you wonderful supporters.  It definitely helps to have so many people concerned about Blue and the other wolves.  Times are hard right now, but Tonya knows she can always rely on you to help her help the wolves.

A special big howl from Blue!  Come visit our One-Eyed Captain Blue the Pirate Wolf soon!

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