The Hornepayne Wolf Rescue Project: Part 2


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     The Toronto Wildlife Centre receives copies of the e-mails  that are being circulated around by interested individuals who are trying to help.


    Nathalie Karvonen, Director for the Toronto Wildlife Centre in communication with Daryl explains that they are trying to come up with a plan for a capture and rescue or treatment of any infected wolves, especially the young ones.



Toronto Wildlife Centre attempts to get permission from MNR to capture and treat wolves. A live capture and treatment for mange of Grey wolves has never been attempted before. Certain assurances had to be met before getting permission.


     On October 5th we received a message from Toronto Wildlife Centre informing us that a trail camera was being shipped to us for installation somewhere in the area where the young wolves had been seen. The purpose of the camera was to monitor any activity by any animals in the area.

     This trail camera is motion activated and can photograph at all hours of the day with the use of a flash.



     Due to previous plans that could not be changed, we had to enlist the help of Garrick DeDemeter in receiving the camera and going out to the site to install and test it. Mr. D was a savior in the initial stages of setting up the trail cam and monitoring the site. He was going out on a regular basis and downloading any photos taken.

He would then e-mail them to Scott Wight at the Toronto Wildlife Centre.


Mr. D with help from his father in law Aldert Wortel,  tests the trail cam for proper operation

Photo property of Toronto Wildlife Centre trail cam.



Example of trail cam photo on the left.

Size reduced to facilitate quicker viewing on the web.

Photo property of Toronto Wildlife Centre


     On October 12 / 2006 the Toronto Wildlife Centre received permission from the MNR to begin plans to trap the wolves in question.  



Plans get under way to find an experienced trapper that is familiar with live captures of wolves. The object is to capture and treat any wolves while trying to minimize stress or injury.

     The plans are to capture any wolves in the area in question. Assess, treat and release the healthy ones and transfer the affected wolves to a compound being built in the Sudbury area. The captured and transferred wolves are to be released once they recover their coat and are healthy enough to survive on their own.


     Local plans are for Mike Telford and myself to begin feeding scraps of meat to keep them in the area of the trail cam until the Toronto Wildlife team arrives.  



     On October 28 / 2006, while hiding in a blind, Mike and I witnessed 2 of the young pups come out and feed on some of the moose scraps left  for them. We witnessed their behavior for over 30 minutes. Video footage and many high resolution photographs were taken by both of us. Our first snowfall of the year occurred the night before photographing the young wolves.
     Nathalie Karvonen, Director of the Toronto Wildlife Centre goes on City Pulse Television to show everyone the video taken of 2 young Grey wolves without any hair.


     Donations began arriving to help with the costs associated with building a 10 foot high chain link fence around the 3/4 acre compound in the Sudbury area.


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