5/16/2000 to 8/7/2015 Baci was the only son from Casper and Crystal, our alphas of 14 years. He was a beautiful pure white Ellesmere Island Arctic wolf who I raised from the day he was born. As a young cub, he was big, beautiful, strong, and very loving. For the first year of his life, he lived with his sister, Wapithe, and Hache Hi'. It was sad when we had to separate them at 1-1/2 years of age due to maturity and dominance issues. His first mate was Kiwis'as and they stayed together for about 4 years. He never seemed totally happy with her so we put him with Mimi, and they fell in love after about a year. They went on to have Tikaani and then a litter of 7 babies. He was "grandpa" to many and very proud of his family. I always referred to Baci as the "spokesman" for the pack. If someone came on the property that he did not approve of, he would let everyone know by letting out a noise that sounded like a growl/bark. He would not come up to that person and kept Mimi back as well. The pack followed his lead. I do believe that Baci and Hache still loved and respected one another and he was respected by the pack and us. He too was a leader and incredibly strong with his feelings and voicing them. I would tell our visitors that he was the sweetest male we had on the ranch, and everyone thought he was magnificently beautiful! We have had an extremely hot summer and even with shade, wading pools, and the pens getting watered down, the wolves have had some difficulty dealing with the heat, especially the older wolves. Baci was no exception. The afternoon of the 6th, our wolf handler, Bill Ross, could not find Baci so he went looking for him and found him laying in a shady part of his enclosure. He could not get up but did not appear to be in any pain. I was in Seattle at the time visiting family and was shocked to hear this as he was fine before I left. I believe he had a stroke or heart attack. though we'll never know why. Bill said his breathing was very labored, and I prayed that I would make it home in time to see him again. I didn't make it......I didn't get to say goodbye! Baci had lived a good full life. He was such an awesome creature, loved and respected by everyone. Letting him go would have been a lot easier had I been with him when he passed on. I spent time with him when I got home. He still looked so beautiful and stoic. A group of us laid him to rest in our graveyard and said good bye to a true leader and friend. He was one of my "special" wolves. The pack misses him, we miss him, Mimi is lost without him, but his strength and wisdom are with us. Good bye my precious Baci . - Nancy Taylor , Wolf People of Cocolalla *Photo by Ashley Janssen Photography
By: Jan Longshore A beautiful, sensitive, spirited wolf, named Hanta Yo, resides at Wolf People Facility. His name means “Clear the Way” in Lakota. He loves colorful clothing so people are warned to stay away from his enclosure, not to get too close to the fence. He has an extra-long, extra thin nose which allows him to better reach through the cyclone fencing. Hanta is playful and his intent is only to have a new toy. Is it any different with some dogs? Playing tug of war with a rag or stealing a pillow or piece of clothing to turn into their own. Are they bad wolves or bad dogs…no. They are just doing what comes naturally. Human error is usually the issue. Leave your pillow, shirt or blanket lying about or hold a rag up to a dog and some will try to claim it. Try to get too close to Hanta Yo with a colorful jacket or gloves and he’ll grab it and will clear the way, running away with it to play tug of war with his mate. The wolf handlers are respectful of Hanta Yo when they deal with him. No one wants to be left sitting on the ground naked while Hanta Yo races with gleeful abandonment around his enclosure with their clothing. A few years ago, one lady didn’t listen to instructions and he grabbed her jacket. In doing so, he nipped her arm. Was he a villain? No! More a victim of the eagerness of the visitor. Wolf People have had only a couple of non-serious injuries to the multitude of visitors that have visited their wolves over the last 21 plus years. It’s amazing considering the number of dog bites that occurred during the same period. Both incidents were caused by human visitors not following the rules. If you visit the wolves at Wolf People, please follow the instructions so Hanta Yo and the pack continue to be known as gentle Ambassadors providing education as to the special qualities of wolves.
At this very special time of year, Wolf People celebrates Mothers everywhere. They hold that special place in the hearts of their offspring, if only for a second at the miracle of birth or throughout their lifetime. Mothers come in all forms, shapes, sizes, both human and animal, even stand-in surrogate moms and including fathers that have taken on that second role due to life's circumstances. We celebrate all Mothers! Nancy Taylor is Mother to her two wonderful children and is also a surrogate mom to 25 special 4 legged offspring in furry clothing. Nancy loves wolves and wanted to introduce the public to the special lifestyle and behavior of wolves, in an effort to foster a true understanding as to how similar their family unit is to humans. Through wolves, evolution gave us our canine friends and she believed through education she could alleviate fear of these animals so some would be allowed to survive in the wild. When Nancy began her life long journey in raising and caring for wolves, she accepted the role of surrogate Mom to them and they do adore her, all of them. They trust her explicitly and demonstrate their affection for her whenever she is close. Many of the Wolf People wolves display love and affection for other humans that have been with them and cared for them like their Papa Wolfhandler Bill Ross but no one is Mama but Nancy. They have a very special bond with her. It requires trust on the part of the wolves for handlers to be able to control and maintain these beautiful creatures and it's a fragile emotion. These wolves are loved, nurtured and treated with the respect and the kindness due them. Many of the parents of her wolves are still at the facility and it's a song of joy when they all howl out their happiness in unison. A lot of cuddling or a quick scratch from Mama Wolf Nancy will bring much joy to her 4 legged babies. Come visit Nancy and her pack on a tour or you can see all of them on the Wolf People website. Remembering that special birth to a special Mother so long ago that gives us this wonderful holiday of Christmas, we wish for all of you a glorious celebration. © copyright 2014 Jan Longshore
The wolves at Wolf People are fortunate to have their human Wolf Papa William “Bill” Ross who cares for them and is there in an emergency. Tikaani is a big, strong 5 year old Artic-Timber Cross Wolf. He was born at the Wolf People Facility and has an even temperament but isn’t always a cuddly fellow. After feeding on the 16th, Wolf Handler Bill checked all the wolves before he went to other chores and noticed Tikaani pawing inside his mouth. He was crying and obviously in pain and afraid. Bill knew he had a bone lodged in his mouth but he seemed to be breathing okay so he figured it wasn’t in his throat. Bill sent his helper away as Tikaani was becoming more agitated with someone new to the facility, watching his suffering. Wolves tend to be proud creatures. Bill then removed Tuffy, Tikaani’s mate, from the enclosure and went to Tikaani. While talking to him, Bill put his arm around Tikaani’s neck and his hand inside his mouth, finding a rib bone caught between his back molars. It wasn’t easy to remove the bone but Bill finally got it out and received a big sloppy ”thank you kiss” from Tikaani. Tikaani then eyed his bone and wanted it back. “Forget it!” Bill told Tikaani as he threw it over the fence. Tikaani trusted Bill and Bill trusted that Tikaani would know he was helping him. If he hadn’t helped Tikaani, it would have been a difficult situation, for everyone but especially for Tikaani. They would have had to transport him or wait an unknown period of time for their mobile Vet while Tikaani was in pain; they would have had to control Tikaani’s obviously upset mate Tuffy; catch Tikaani, tranquilize him, remove the bone and reverse the tranquilizer which holds dangers for the animal, especially in cold weather. Tikaani is running and playing with Tuffy today and has no ill effects. Bill chalks it up to another day at the wolf facility but we know he’s a hero. Real men don’t hurt wolves; they live with them! View “Join the Pack” to see Tikanni and Tuffy. © copyright 2014 JL
One of the highlights in 2014 for Wolf People were the children from Pioneer School in Spokane and their teacher Chris Bachman. These dedicated young students raised over $2,100.00 with the help of their parents through bake sales and donations to help defray the medical bills for Journey and Romeo. If you come into the store, please view the picture and signatures of these kind and generous youngsters and the adults that assisted them. We thank all involved for their help as Journey and Romeo are now doing very well. The kindness of these young students, their inspirational teacher Chris Bachman and their generous parents give us hope for the future!