Road Trip - April 3, 2016 Lakota Wolf Preserve
Story and Photos by John Walker
Despite the unusual very cold snap in the weather and the threat of snow, nine hardy members and two guests turned up for an early start to the 92-mile round trip to Lakota Wolf Preserve in Blairstown, New Jersey.
Unfortunately several members who had planned to attend couldn't make it to the 8:00 a.m.start point in Warwick, mostly due to the poor weather conditions, but the weather did improve as soon as we got on the road, and although the wind was high for most of the day we drove through sunny countryside of north Jersey, arriving at 10:00 a.m.
When we arrived at the preserve the temperature was still hovering around freezing point, and some of the wolves were still sleeping out in the open, as usual for them, but with noses turned to the warm areas.
There are currently four packs of wolves at the preserve. This is part of the Arctic Pack, waking up to see the visitors.
Teeko is seen here dominating Arden, who is young and fairly new to one of the Timberwolf packs. Teeko is 14 years old and hoping to become a Dad.
At the end of the first lecture the wolves gave us a demonstration of pack howling. Khaleesi is a young female who seems to have accepted Teeko as her mate and might be having cubs.
The second lecture is about their foxes and bobcats, after which we had lunch reserved at the Homestead Rest on Rte-94N at Sparta.