I have got to tell you that my excitement to go visit the Lakota Wolf Preserve in Columbia, NJ was not unwarranted! It was amazing to watch the majestic creatures that were there. They have 4 different pens for the wolf packs. They have had the misfortune to have had several of their wolves die this past year, but it was from old age as the majority of the wolves there are 10 years +, which is older then they would have lived in the wild. There are a few younger wolves including 3 British Columbian Wolves that are black that are being kept in a smaller pen for now as they were spoiled a bit by the older wolf pack they were tried to be introduced to, which caused them to become a little over aggressive towards the older wolves, so they needed to be put in their own pen. These pups were about 18 months old when we saw them I believe.
Each pack was unique and it was fun to see the different interactions between the members of the packs. All I have to say is that it was an amazing experience and I have to strongly suggest visiting this preserve to any who have a love of wildlife and/or photography! The extra for the photographer’s option is well worth the money. If you aren’t interested in photography, visit the preserve just to see the wolves during their twice daily wolf watch.
I do have to let you know that right now the preserve is without power due to Hurricane Sandy as it is located in New Jersey, but the owners are working on cleaning up and keeping the wolves safe. They also plan to adopt a few new pups next spring to introduce to their packs, so younger wolves will soon be joining the ranks.