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The U.S. Wolf Refuge Presents Niko

For only $20 (Normally $30) you can "Adopt" Niko DURING THE ENTIRE MONTH OF June.

What a fantastic gift for one of your children or grandchildren to introduce them to the world of wolves & wolf-dogs.

Thank you for helping with my care and feeding Niko. Click to learn more.

2017 Stanford Pow Wow

Stanford Campus Palo Alto, CA


This year's Pow Wow was most definitely the best one yet. It is one of the biggest Pow Wows anywhere in the country. It is an event that I eagerly look forward to for 3 reasons.

  1. The spirituality of the Native American is my personal belief system and the wolf and the Native American have a very intense spiritual correlation.
  2. It brings together many of the U.S. Wolf Refuge's volunteers from all across the country. It takes such an event to bring us all together.
  3. It is one of our greatest fund-raising events of the year.
US Wolf Refuge at the 2017 PowWow
US Wolf Refuge at the 2017 PowWow

It takes a great deal of planning by everybody to get ready for this event and it takes months of preparation. The booth layout was fantastic and the time and effort to put it up and take it down was exhausting. With all the volunteer help, we all got the time to visit all the other Indian vendors and to watch the beautiful dancers.

2017 PowWow
2017 PowWow

The dancers were truly magnificent and their outfits were gorgeous. The weather was beautiful and attendance at the event as expected. Many of those who come up to our booth say they come specifically to see us, the animals and to help support what we do. We have been attending this event for many years and we have made many close friends. We plan on being at this wondrous event for many years to come.

2017 PowWow
2017 PowWow

US Wolf Refuge Team

OR-7 IS ALIVE AND WELL

Here he is bringing home the "groceries" for his family in Oregon
Here he is bringing home the "groceries" for his family in Oregon

The wolf affectionately known as OR-7 has become one of the most famous wolves in America. He became Oregon's best known wolf when he dispersed from the Imnaha Pack in northeast Oregon. He zig-zagged across Oregon and into California, and became the first documented wolf in California since 1924.

OR-7 eventually returned to Oregon and established the Rogue pack in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. His tracking collar went dead in 2015 and sightings of him became rare. In April 14 of this year a photo taken by a remote trail camera in the southern Oregon Cascades, OR-7 trots past the camera carrying what a wildlife biologist thought to be an elk leg.

Federal wildlife biologist John Stephenson said OR-7 was taking food back to his den. For the fourth consecutive year, OR-7 appears to be denned up with an unidentified female who joined him in the southwest Oregon Cascades in 2014. He and his mate have produced several litters of pups over the years since. His mate has never been caught on camera or collared and is something of a mystery. Analysis of her scat, however, showed she is related to wolves from northeast Oregon or Idaho.

This past winter the Rogue Pack consisted of OR-7, his mate and 4 pups. This spring, Stephenson saw tracks in the snow of at least five wolves. OR-7 has recently shown up in other trail camera photos this spring. The most recent was May 18.

This wandering wolf is alive and well.

Pack Member of the Month

Niko

Shadow

Niko joined our pack on January 8, 2014 from Chico Animal Control in Chico CA. He was a high-energy, high-anxiety guy that did not take to human males. He is becoming much more laid-back and has started to accept strangers much more readily. He came with the name Niko. We generally change their name to help them get over the trauma of a relocation. But in the 3½ years that he has been with us he seems to have adjusted quite well and seems quite happy. So we have kept his name as is.

Merlin with our veterinarian Maureen Adams
Merlin with our veterinarian Maureen Adams

The trip to Chico, CA to get Niko was an enlightening one for our guest Merlin van Lawick. Merlin is Jane Goodall's grandson. He lives in Tanzania, Africa and was visiting the Refuge for a couple of weeks to do volunteer work. He had just graduated high school (at the top of his class) and was investigating what he wanted to do with his life. He is now a remarkable young man with a worldly outlook on many social and environmental issues.

Merlin with Kasa and Takoda
Merlin with Kasa and Takoda

At just 13 months old he was turned into the Chico shelter by his previous owner (a young female student) who did not have the time, nor the knowledge, to properly care for him. Niko spent between 4-8 hours a day in her house alone and often was destructive. Initially he was far too exuberant to reside with the Refuge's "house gang." Niko is now living in a 2-acre enclosure with Nala and Shadow. They all seem to be truly enjoying each other's company.

Back in 2015 we noticed Niko having a slight limp. We started treating it with basic anti-inflammatory and pain meds. This proved ineffective so we took our wonderful vet who quickly realized his ACL was damaged. It wasn't torn but his activity level would have surely led to it being damaged further. So he had drastic ACL repair surgery. He has fully recovered and is active as ever.

Niko after ACL surgery
Niko after ACL surgery
 Niko in the bathtub after coming home from ACL surgery
Niko in the bathtub after coming home from ACL surgery

Anyone wanting to adopt Niko will need to have a great deal of time and patience. He is now 5½ years old and is used to his life here the U.S. Wolf Refuge. A major life adjustment will be challenge for him. I'm confident that he will be able to make the adjustment with the help from those who have the patience, understanding and love that he will need.

Niko in Spring
Niko in Spring
Niko at the end of Summer
Niko at the end of Summer

Your $20.00 donation will be for a one year sponsorship of Niko. You or the person of your choice will be sent a "Certificate of Adoption" with their name on it, a brief profile sheet of that animal, and a frameable 5 x 7 photo nicely organized in a folder.

Help care for Niko by making this $20.00 donation today.


For all those who have become disgusted by what is happening in the world today

Jane Goodall


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Wolf Stock 2017 Poster

Upcoming Events

Fam Fest 2017

June 3, 2017 10pm-4pm
San Rafael Park, Reno, NV

July 16th - 2016 10am - 5pm - ART PAWS

McKinley Arts & Cultural Center, Reno NV

WolfStock 2017 - July 29

Potenialist Workshop
836 E. 2nd St., Reno NV
1:00pm to 8:00pm

October 14, 2017 10am - 6pm
Wildlife Conservation Network Expo

Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco, CA

Speaking engagements available upon request
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