A couple of miles up the highway from Woodland Park, is the town of Divide (near the peak of Ute Pass). Just outside of the town is the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, a refuge for wolves, foxes and coyotes that are in need of being rescued. The mission of the CWWC is education, conservation and preservation.
One of the ways they fulfill their mission, and also raise needed money to support the center, they offer tours of various types to introduce people to the animals and teach them about the inhabitants. Tours cover topics such as pack hierarchy, territory, communication, prey impact, and conservation.
“I was kissed by a wolf”
For our tour, we started off by meeting their new 14 week old wolf pup, Keyni. In order to socialize her and prepare her for her future work with children, the staff introduce her to tour groups. As we knelt down in a circle, Keyni was lead around to each of us in turn. While scratching her head, she leapt onto my lap and gave me a good wet lick (kiss). I was the only one who got kissed. I guess it helps when you know how and where to scratch a puppy’s ears.
As we continued our tour (it was feeding time), we watched as the inhabitants 'wolfed down' (like the play on words) their dinner of frozen raw chicken. Some were more impatient than others. After dinner, we all had a good howl together.
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|Intro to Colorado and Woodland Park|
|Air Force Academy and the Class of 2013 Graduation|
|Garden of the Gods|
|Truck Systems Testing and Installations|
|Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway|
|Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center|
|Goliad TX Spring 2013|
|Kerrville TX and NHOG 2013|
|Sanger TX Spring|
|Guthrie OK, Spring|
|Junction City KS, Spring 2013|
|Colorado and Woodland Park|
|Early Summer 2013|
|Late Summer 2013|