Second wolf dead following release from Haliburton Wolf Centre

By Jenna WoottonJenna Wootton

Granite

Photo by Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve

Granite and her pups.

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Weeks after vandals cut a hole in the fence surrounding the Haliburton Wolf Centre, two of the released wolves are dead and staff struggles to reunite the remaining two with the rest of the pack.  

Based on evidence found by staff members, Haida, the alpha male of the pack, was presumed shot and dead shortly after the criminal release, which took place on New Year’s Eve. However, it is now unclear whether it was Haida or his look-alike son, Logan, who was shot. 

More than a week after the incident, Haida’s mate, Granite, was found at the side of the road by one of the Wolf Centre’s staff members. She was suffering from severe gunshot wounds.

After Granite was tended to by a local vet, forest owner Peter Schleifenbaum sent out another update through the Centre’s Facebook page: “Everything considered, [today] was one of the better days this year…sure enough, Granite made it, but looked horrible.” Schleifenbaum sounded hopeful, and it seemed as though the wolf might recover from her injuries. “Her heartbeat steadied and her breathing strengthened,” Schleifenbaum wrote on Thursday. Unfortunately, by Saturday he reported that Granite died the previous night, leaving the remaining members of the pack “even more troubled.”

Meanwhile, staff tactics to reunite the remaining outside wolves with the rest of the pack—using bait and creating a smaller enclosure within the centre—have been unsuccessful.

“These are truly frustrating and trying days,” Schleifenbaum wrote on Saturday. “We are left to hope for some cooperation on behalf of our wolves, who—rightly—don’t trust us like they did a couple of weeks ago.” The two wolves continue to circle the outside of the Wolf Centre, communicating with their fellow pack members inside.

Since the release, the Wolf Centre has received an outpour of support from the community. According to Schleifenbaum, these events and the public’s response prove just how divided our society is on its perception of wolves, which he says, “encourages us at the Wolf Centre to continue our quest to educate.”


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don.critchley@sympatico.ca

Mar. 14, 2013

8:16 am

It is sad that people Kill Wolfs as Kmac describes because, "they have the right to do so" in Haliburton County. What disdain and lack of respect for wildlife these people have. If you operate a hobby farm so that you can (because you have the right to) kill other life forms to protect your chickens, etc, then, you should not have the hobby farm until you learn how to protect your livestock without taking the lives of other creatures. It makes no sense to believe that people in Haliburton have a right to kill wildlife so that they can have a "hobby farm". It leads only to the conclusion that Killing Wolfs is part of that hobby. We must stop this level of exploitation of our planet and its wildlife. We should instead learn how to live in the environment we have chosen for ourselves. We have no right to kill anything under cover of, "I am protecting my hobby."


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Mar. 11, 2013

12:13 pm

Hi there, This is one of many posts about the wolf release we published. You can find the first two here: http://cottagelife.com/63571/blogs/wolves-escape-haliburton-wildlife-reserve and here: http://cottagelife.com/63760/blogs/update-wolves-escape-haliburton-wolf-centre


Kmac

Mar. 7, 2013

11:35 pm

The article does not really elaborate on what the circumstances are. This is in my community, and just to clear any of the misunderstanding some have commented, the wolves being shot and the vandalism of the enclosure are two separate, but unfortunate circumstances. The enclosure was cut open to let this small pack of wolves out, for unknown reasons, and the vandals have not yet been caught. As for the shooting of the wolves, because the sanctuary is in the county, its mostly small farms and hobby farms, or country lots. The evening the enclosure was cut for the wolves to escape, the two wolves that were shot, were shot by the same person that same night, but mistaken. The man who shot both wolves, the one died instant, the other was injured severely and ran off. The county is not stranger to wild animals including wild wolves, foxes, black bears and even the odd moose. This man had mistaken the wolves he found on the edge of his property as being wild and thought them to be hunting his animals on his farm so he shot them (as he had every right to do). It wasn't until this man heard of the wolves escaping from their enclosure that he contacted the sanctuary and they came out to his property and confirmed the dead wolf was one that escaped. The man said there was another that ran away, but was unsure if it was injured, it wasn't until a few days later the badly injured wolf was found along a different county road clinging to life as she had lost a lot of blood and the wound was becoming infected. As you read earlier that wolf seemed to be recovering but took a turn for the worse. The community around here has been very supportive and been keeping our eyes peeled for the wolves, but as I mentioned earlier there has been no one arrested for the vandalism yet and they are trying to figure that out, while they still try to recover the two remaining wolves.


The Commentator

Feb. 21, 2013

11:08 am

It seems the people who let the wolves out just wanted target practice. Why didn't they just shoot them in the pen. If they are going to hunt wolves, perhaps they should go into the wild and hunt with a knife. That would make it a much fairer contest. Responsible hunters are generally not killers, they are responsible people who harvest what they hunt for food and clothing etc. Others are just murderers with no regard for life. I bet if the wolves could shoot back, these cowards wouldn't get within a mile of the wild.


The Commentator

Feb. 21, 2013

10:51 am

It seems the people who lets the wolves out just wanted target practice. Why didn't they just shoot them in the pen. If they are going to hunt wolves, perhaps they should go into the wild and hunt with a knife. That would make it a much fairer contest. Responsible hunters are generally not killers, they are responsible people who harvest what they hunt for food.and clothing etc. Others are just murderers with no regard for life. I bet if the wolves could shoot back, these cowards wouldn't get within a mile of the wild.


mayolakehannahs@live.com

Jan. 17, 2013

11:06 pm

What kind of person shoots and leaves a wolf to die? Worse than that, why shoot the wolf in the first place? Until the "locals" understand that the wolves keep the deer herds healthy, they will continue to behave this way. I'm glad that the Haliburton wolf preserve at least gives the wolves a break. Hooray for them, and shame on the ones who think shooting a wolf is "fun"


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