International Wolf Center Socializes Wolf Pups

By KBJR News 1

May 24, 2012 Updated May 24, 2012 at 6:23 PM CDT

ELY, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)---Two wolf pups, each about two months old, are the center of attention at the International Wolf Center in Ely.

Students from Ely and Babbitt are taking field trips to the center to learn more about wolf pup socialization and behaviors.

The International Wolf Center revitalizes it's resident ambassador wolf pack with wolf pups, every four years.

"They look like my dog, but the ears smaller," Erin Muhvich a sophomore said. "They are more frightened. They aren't ready to react with anybody."

The pups are nicknamed Bolts and Peanut.

Experts have been socializing them since they were about 10 days old.

"We bottle feed them and we start introducing them to meat at a young age," Jerritt Johnston, Education Director at the International Wolf Center said. "They get lots of human attention and handling."

The constant human care and interaction is necessary for experts to monitor, protect, and ease the pups into their new wolf pack.

"[We do things] like rubbing their ears," Johnston said. "When they become adults, we will be putting fly ointment on their ears during the summer. If they don't like that behavior, if they aren't used to that behavior, that could create a negative interaction."

With continued care, experts say the pups will be able to join the pack in late July.

Students say meeting the pups helps them to appreciate their own neck of the woods.

"Just being able to live up here and have animals like this versus living in California, where they don't have animals like that," Natalie Cook, a sophomore said.

The wolf pups haven't been officially named yet.

You can log onto wolf.org to cast a vote for the names you think best describe each pup.
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