Here are photos from trip to the Lakota Wolf Preserve. I went as part of a field trip of the Schuylkill Center of Environmental Education.
The Preserve is home to a full pack of Arctic wolves a pack of timbers and a pack of tundras. There are also three British Columbian wolves. Double sets of fence separate the visitors from the residents.
This one is a beautiful male Northern Bobcat. It believe this Bobcat was a rescue. Hard as it is to believe there are humans that think Bobcats would make good pets. They fact that one Bobcat can kill a 8-point buck all by itself didn’t stop them for having a Bobcat around their small children. Eventually the Bobcat’s tendency to “mark” (urinate) it’s territory and mark the family home caused the family to get rid of the Bobcat. Luckily the animal ended up at the Preserve.
Red Foxes are highly intelligent. Jim’s wife (I’m am sorry I didn’t get her name) related a great antidote about how foxes rid themselves of fleas. She told us the following information.
You can tell how bad a fox’s flea problem is by how big a stick it gets. A fox will choice a large stick, hold it horizontally in its mouth and slowly walk into a body of water, like a pond or river. As it slowly walks into the water, the fleas on its’ body will move further and further up the fox’s body. As the fox is up to its’ neck in water, it will tilt the stick up into the air. The fleas will climb onto the stick to escape the water. The fox will gently lay the stick in the water and quickly back out of the water, leaving the fleas on the stick or drowning in the water. Cool and smart.
I enjoyed my trip to the preserve. If I wanted photos without fencing obscuring the view I would have to pay for a special tour for photographers. I couldn’t afford that, so my photos have fencing.
If You Go
Lakota Wolf Preserve is 89 Mt Pleasant Road, Columbia NJ 07832 near the Delaware Water Gap
GPS Coords: 40.970933,–75.072232