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I took this photo in the eastern Sierras, off Highway 395, at the Owens Gorge Road. I love those mailboxes and every time we travel to the Sierras, we drive by them just to see them!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Camera Critters #31 Mexican wolf, Living Desert Reserve

I have always loved wolves. Well, next to horses, that is. Horses were ALWAYS my first love, but wolves came next. Interesting huh? A prey species and a hunter/killer species. Hmmm....Before I had my first horse, my students shared my interest in Mexican wolves. California doesn't have any wolves any longer (they are all extinct, like the Grizzly bear on our flag), but Arizona is home to the wolf release program and the Living Desert participates in this release area. Hubby and I were fortunate, several years ago, to spend a week up in the Mogollon Rim and one day we drove out to the wolf release area in Arizona. We followed a dirt road and found signs that indicated this, indeed, was the correct area. I scouted the low lying rocks, but of course, saw NOTHING. But, I'm glad we did visit it.

So, after that, I became quite interested in the Mexican wolves at the Living Desert. I would stop by after school to observe them (always with camera in hand). I'd heard that they would howl when firetrucks went by, so I'd sit by their enclosure (just in case a fire truck or ambulance was in the neighborhood), but I never heard them howl. My class became "The Wolf Pack" and when they visited the LDR, they asked ALL kinds of questions about the Mexican wolves. I became quite attached to Cisco, the male Mexican wolf. I was saddened to hear of his passing a couple of years ago. I don't visit the Living Desert much now (I'm still a member), but with 5 horses to train....

Anyway, I was fortunate one visit to see Cisco and another wolf. Usually the wolves are sacked out, sleeping in the afternoon, but I believe this was one morning when the LDR had just released them (yes...I used to get there right at "wolf release time"!) on Saturdays!

So, enjoy Cisco's photo. Wasn't he beautiful?
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1 comment:

ChrissyM said...

Beatiful photo and what a sweet story. Thank you for sharing! Very nice post