America loves its exotic pets, but just as celebrities like Paris Hilton can discard a ferret for a kinkajou as easily as changing their handbag, many of those looking for something different in a pet can’t handle the reality of dealing with the daily responsibility of caring for a wild creature.
In the case of the wolf dog, Fred Keating has created a sanctuary to house and care for these hybrid creatures. The Loki Wolf Sanctuary in New Hampshire currently provides daily care and feeding for 94 wolf dogs who live as packs in 24, one-acre enclosures.
The wild dog problem is larger than one would expect. There are an estimated 1.5 million wolf dogs in the U.S. and 500,000 of them are estimated to be at risk.
Wolves have always been America’s misunderstood predator. Hunted and trapped to near extinction they are still under attack. Just this week the Federal protections for burgeoning wolf packs in the mid-west and northern plains have been removed and hunts are planned to reduce populations to the minimum to keep them off the endangered species list. The wolf dog faces an even more daunting future. Not a domesticated dog and not a wild wolf, any dog with even the slightest genetic trace of wolf in its lineage will exhibit wolf-like traits that make them a less-than-ideal house pet and a candidate for mistreatment.
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