WOLVES: To all of our younger readers, never underestimate the power of the internet to connect us to people and places around the world.
Here’s one example.
At one time, visitors to Kane could visit the pack of lobo wolves that Dr. E. H. McCleery gathered, saving the species from extinction.
That pack now lives in Bridger, Mont., at a facility that is not open to the general public. This makes the lobo wolf a rare sight for us back here in rural Pennsylvania.
Go to www.youtube.com and search for “Wolf Haven International,” which is the Tenino, Wash.-based wolf sanctuary that currently cares for the pack. On the group’s page, click on “playlists,” then look for the “McCleery Ranch wolves” playlist. Here, you can view 14 video clips of the wolves.
You can hear the wolves howl. You can watch them do everything from drink from play with a pizza box to eat a raw Thanksgiving turkey. You can see how they move in the flesh, when to most Kane residents the wolves only exist as legends in their minds.
All this with just a few taps on the keyboard.
In fact, McCleery’s lobo wolf pack moved several times before moving to Bridger, according to the Dr. McCleery Lobo Wolves Digital Archive at mccleerywolves.com.
The pack left McKean County in 1972, when the wolves were moved to Gardiner, Wash. From there, they were in Emigrant, Mont., from 1980-2008, before moving to their current home.
Also, from 1930-31, McCleery had a secondary pack established in Salisbury Township, Lancaster County. This park was intended to be the first of several built to exhibit the wolves across the eastern U.S. — a venture that never grew beyond the short-lived Salisbury Township park.
Visitors to the digital archive can even read about some of the individual wolves McCleery kept, with a description of their personalities and some anecdotes.