Mission Wolf offers a ‘howling’ good time

Above, from left, Trudy Calendrillo, Ellie Gerli, Kristen Farrel, Lucas Deltezo and his mom, Karena, admire Abraham, a 9-year-old wolf-dog cross. — John Ferris Robben photo

Above, from left, Trudy Calendrillo, Ellie Gerli, Kristen Farrel, Lucas Deltezo and his mom, Karena, admire Abraham, a 9-year-old wolf-dog cross. — John Ferris Robben photo

Greenwich residents got up close and personal with wolves last week and this was no metaphor or early Halloween celebration. It was a chance to learn about animals for real.

Mission Wolf has been traveling the country for 25 years educating people about wolves and how they are not as scary as they might seem at first but also that they belong in the wild. The Colorado-based program has been coming to Greenwich for 15 years now at the behest of town resident Irene LaRusso and last Saturday the wolves came to a private residence in town.

The lesson is not only respect and awareness of wolves and the need to preserve the species but also that they should not be used as domesticated animals. While the wolves on display have been around humans and are safe with proper education as to the handling of them, they can never be returned to the wild, which is where Mission Wolf says they naturally belong. So while people are taught not to fear wolves, they are also told they must not be taken as pets.

More than 80 people turned out for the event and first watched a power point presentation and heard a lecture about wolves before they were allowed to actually interact with the animals. Mission Wolf operates a sanctuary in Colorado that has become a destination location for people from around the world. More information is available online at Missionwolf.org.

Post photographer John Ferris Robben was on the scene and sent some of his best pictures of the wolves and the people that love them.

 

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