The Hornepayne Wolf Rescue Project: Conclusion.


Unless otherwise noted, all photos are Copyright Gene Belanger

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 Large 3/4 acre fenced in compound being erected in the Sudbury area by Toronto Wildlife Centre Staff and volunteers.

This will be the home for any captured wolves requiring treatment.


Photo courtesy Toronto Wildlife Centre


Photo courtesy Toronto Wildlife Centre

    Special thanks must go to the volunteers  who donated their time and resources to help erect this 10 foot high chain link fence around the compound.

  Toronto Wildlife Centre employees arrive and transform our garage into a temporary animal hospital for assessing and treating any wolves that we may capture.
   CBC in Thunder Bay send a reporter to interview a few individuals involved in the rescue. As luck would have it we caught our first wolf while the reporter was in town. He video taped the proceedings and a segment was shown on CBC Canada nationwide.


    Assessments are done to the first captured wolf and treatment for mange is administered.

    Blood and hair samples are taken to do  DNA testing on each animal.

    With the exception of mange, the wolves are all in excellent condition.



   The alpha female was the first to be captured and she suffered from mange and was treated in the garage. She was then prepared for her 10 hour trip to the compound, where she would be kept for rehabilitation. 



    If you look closely you can see how she is missing most of her coat.
    When the time came to release her she had to be captured again, a second treatment administered and she was then prepared for her return trip to Hornepayne.


A black female wolf was captured and brought back for assessment. She was sedated and found to be in excellent health with no signs of mange.



    She was treated for mange as a preventive measure, DNA samples were taken and then  released back in the wild. 
   She was a bit reluctant to leave the safety of the crate used to transport her.





To conclude this saga it must be noted that a great deal of thanks must go to the Toronto Wildlife Centre and their dedicated staff who came this far to help a pack of grey wolves.  Such a rescue had never been attempted  by them. They were generally accustomed to rescuing coyotes, possums, raccoons, birds, and so on but never a family of wolves.


On January 20, 2007 they returned from the compound with the 2 wolves that were captured and treated. One wolf, the alpha female had a special collar attached to her. This collar was equipped with  a GPS transponder in order to monitor her activity over the coming year. You can see this collar in the photo of her running back into the woods. She wasted no time when finally released.

  The other wolf  only had a radio transmitting collar attached.

  The MNR provided the collars and they would monitor their activity over the coming months.

   A few volunteers who were part of the release.
    Photo of some of the individuals who played a part in the rescue.

    A big Thank You to all.

     Gene & Daryl




    You must be wondering what happened to the young ones in question that started the fuss?

    Unfortunately no trace of any of them was ever found. They may have survived the winter, but that is doubtful.

    The good news is that we suspect that the alpha female rescued may have had a litter of pups last spring. We did some monitoring with a trail camera in the fall of 2007 and caught this family of wolves in the area being monitored.




Last modified: March 07, 2013