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10 MONTHS OLD
Snow is relatively rare at Bays
Mountain Park these days, but the
wolves love it when it does fall. Ahuli
watches from his perch on a den.

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3 YEARS OLD
Unalii, posing for a portrait shot?

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3 YEARS, 8 MONTHS OLD
Unalii and Takoda howl in the snow.
At the time they were alpha pair, but
Unalii has since lost his spot as alpha
to one of the wolves introduced the next
spring.

el movements.
In the first month or so, the pups
tripled their weight and would soon be
heavy enough to go out and explore
a section of the larger pen that would
become be part of their home in a few
months. By this time, they had quickly
graduated from "formula" to a mixture
of ground meat and formula, then to
just ground meat, with some solid meat
like a deer leg or rabbit as "treats" along
the way.
From the time the puppies arrive, the
adult wolves are kept in the main and
largest of the four sections of their two-

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acre enclosure. The puppies are in a pen
diagonally across from that section and
they can't really see each other, but they
can smell and hear the other wolves, and
get to know them in that way. Eventually, the adults are let into an adjacent pen
so they can all see one another as well.
At the end of their three months,
about mid-August, the puppies reach
a weight of around 70 pounds and it's
time to introduce them to the adult
pack. This is the last day puppy parents
can physically interact with the pups.
On the morning of this bittersweet
day, the adult wolves are fed as much

as they want to eat, which gives them
something to regurgitate to the puppies
when they enter. The puppies are let in
with the alpha female and they run in
and lick her muzzle and the corners of
her mouth, which causes her to regurgitate the meat she recently ate. This
bonds the pups to her and they are now
part of the pack. More adults are let in
and the process of licking and regurgitating continues with the other wolves.
The park opens as normal, and now
there are more wolves in the pack and
quite a few proud puppy parents that
will never forget the experience!
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