faq

Frequently Asked Questions

QAren’t wolves responsible for the decimation of livestock?

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Wolf Predation Plays Small Role in Livestock Losses in 2005

  • In the continental U.S., health issues such as respiratory problems, digestive problems, calving complications and disease were overwhelmingly the most significant causes of cattle death in 2005.
  • Only 0.11% of all cattle losses were due to wolf predation in 2005.
  • Coyotes killed more than 22 times more cattle than wolves killed that year.
  • Domestic dogs killed almost 5 times as many cattle, and vultures killed almost twice as many cattle as wolves did in 2005.
  • Theft was responsible for almost 5 times as many cattle losses as were lost by wolf predation.
  • Predation by coyotes was the largest cause of sheep loss in 2005, accounting for 23% of all losses, followed by health problems & weather-related issues.
  • In states with wolf populations, an average of less than 2.5% of sheep loss was due to predation by wolves in 2005.

Additional details on Wolf Predation and Livestock Losses are available on Defenders of Wildlife’s website.

QCan you look a wolf in the eye?

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Yes, you can.  We do all of the time whether it’s a new member coming in to the pack or an existing member that has been with us a long time.  Wolves are very loyal, loving, affectionate creatures.  To look them in the eye, is to receive a gift… the gift of a reflection of love’s purest gaze (animal to human).

QDo wolves howl at the moon?

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Wolves do not howl because the moon is out. Wolves howl for many reasons. Some of these reasons are known and others are still unknown to man. A partial list of why they howl is as follows:

  • To locate their pack members
  • To locate members of other packs
  • To confront other wolves
  • Happy howling within their pack (think of a song being sung)

QAre they called ‘wolf-dogs’ or ‘wolf-hybrids’?

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Dogs and wolves are both members of the same species. Generally, a “hybrid” refers to a blending of one or more species. Since dogs and wolves are of the same species, they are classified as “wolf-dogs”. However, most people still refer to them as “wolf-hybrids”.

QWhat do the donations go towards?

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All donations go to the wolves for their food, medical needs, and any other needs that arise with regards to their care and upkeep, as well as, maintaining our 501(c)(3) status, i.e., facility maintenance, insurance, etc.

QHow can you tell the difference between a wolf and a dog?

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The difference between a wolf and a dog are vast depending on the breed of a dog.  However, the Northern breeds such as Malamutes and Huskies that come somewhat close to the physical appearance of wolves can be differentiated by their looks, their mannerisms, the way they move to how they sound.  A simple list of differences are noted as such:

  • Wolves and/or high content wolf-dogs run differently than dogs.  They have a special gait about them.
    Wolves and/or high content wolf-dogs are timid by nature.
  • Until a human is accepted by them, they prefer to keep their distance.
  • Wolves and/or high content wolf dogs have larger feet, longer legs than dogs and a large, broad skull than most dogs. Wolves and/or high content wolf-dogs have long, narrow muzzles.
  • The intelligence of a wolf is more often than not, vastly superior to dogs.
  • Wolves instincts are leaps and bounds greater than that of dogs and they can size-up situations and people much faster than dogs.
  • Wolves and/or high content wolf-dogs have straight tails.

QCan just anyone adopt a wolf?

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No.  Not just anyone can adopt a wolf-dog.  There is a list of requirements that potential owners must meet.  Wolf-dogs should never be adopted out to personalities who want a “great attack dog”, a dog that is a “good fighter” or just because “they look cool”.

QAre they good with other dogs and animals?

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Yet another common misconception that we need to address.  Yes, wolf-dogs are good with other dogs and even cats.  The domestic wolf-dog’s pack/family consists of the human members of the family, as well as, any other animal within that family.  New animals can be introduced into the family but like introducing any other breed of dog and/or cat, there is an adjustment phase that the family has to undergo.  The success of the new addition to the family being welcomed largely depends on the people and their understanding of how to direct the energy within their family unit.

QDo you release them back into the wild?

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Domestic wolves and/or wolf-dogs cannot be released back into the wild.   To release a domesticated wolf and/or wolf-dog into the wild, would be to evoke a very long and grueling death sentence on the animal.  Wolves, in the wild, only survive under the protection of the pack; a lone wolf has no chance for survival.  Also, wolf packs do not just take in lone wolves and/or wolf-dogs because they feel pity for them.  This is the human analogy, and such an analogy isn’t shared by wolves.  This is very important to understand because it’s a common misconception!

QHow do you rehabilitate them?

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The needs and extent of rehabilitation per each rescue is case specific.  There are some rescues that have been rescued from very abusive situations, i.e., used as target practice.  For rescues that are owner turn-ins and have no need for major rehabilitation, they are placed in approved foster homes.  For the hard-cases that have dealt with major trauma, they are brought into the rescue to live with Sam and the wolves.  Living amongst a balanced wolf-dog pack is a key element to getting these guys back on the healing track.  Incorporated within the rehabilitation process is socializing them with people.  At this point, it’s just a matter of time as to how long it will take for the wolf-dog to get re-established mentally, physically and emotionally and the possible trust issues formed due to the above abuse, resolved.  Once the wolf-dog is considered rehabilitated, it is then able to be adopted-out to a private home/family that will continue the care and support, for the animal, for the rest of its life.

QIs Never Cry Wolf Rescue a sanctuary?

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No. Never Cry Wolf Rescue and Adoptions (NCWR&A) is not a sanctuary but rather a rescue and adoption organization fully-funded by donations.  We are a 501(c)(3) organization.

QDoes California have wild wolves?

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The Grey wolf, indigenous to California, was killed over 75 years ago.  There are no more packs of wolves anywhere except in the four areas that they were just re-introduced – Great Lakes, Arizona, Rocky Mountains, and Yellow Stone.  Siskiyou County, in California is under proposal for a fifth location.  To make this happen, Defenders of Wildlife needs our support.  Also, a human has never been killed by a wolf in the wild in the past 120 years in the lower 48 states.  The only wolves, or wolf-dogs, living in California are owned as pets and are living in domestic situations.

QAren’t they aggressive towards other people and animals?

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No.  Wolves will run before they attack.  Some wolves will not even fight back or defend themselves when they’re under attack.  Others may attack if they’re cornered but man would do the same thing when his life is in danger.  The probability of a human being attacked from a Chihuahua is far greater than a human being attacked by a wolf.  Our wolves live with a cat and are housebroken.

QAre they legal to own?

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The legalities for owning wolves and wolf-dogs depend on the state, county and city that you reside in.  We strongly suggest that you do some thorough checking where you to live to make sure that you’re within your rights to own one.

QWhat do they eat?

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Our rescues eat dog food.  A high protein works well for them.  An example would be Natural Balance’s Duck and Sweet Potato.

QWhere do the rescues come from?

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We rescue wolf-dogs and wolves…basically, anything that the SPCA or Animal Control has deemed to have at least 1% wolf.  Sometimes these guys are just Malamutes and Huskies that they’re unsure of…all the way up to guys that might be full-bloods who don’t have paperwork to prove that they are full-blooded wolves and can’t go to sanctuaries.  Wolves that are in the wild belong in the wild.  It’s that simple.  Our rescues are owner turn-ins and/or rescued from abusive, and often life-threatening (life-threatening to the animal) situations.  They have not come from “the wild”.