Since their arrival they have developed a distance with humans and they prefer to remain hidden and secluded. They have that choice which they never had before.
In January 2005, Aspen Valley received a call from a roadside zoo in Cochrane, Ontario. The zoo was going into bankruptcy and needed to find homes for animals they were housing. Two arctic wolves – sisters – needed to be transported out or they would be euthanized. When Aspen Valley staff traveled to pick up the wolves, they saw the conditions that the two sisters had been kept in: enclosures for the animals were very small and unnatural. Wolves need space and the feeling of freedom. They had neither. The wolves were caught and placed in safe and comfortable crates for the trip back to Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Their 5-acre enclosure was ready and as each sister stepped out of their crate the instant site of trees and space made them bolt into the woods. To see them frolic together in play was a breathtaking sight.
In the October of 2017 we had to say goodbye to one of the sisters. She fell ill and, after a vet exam and blood work, it was determined she was suffering from kidney failure. Due to her advanced age of 14 years, full recovery was doubtful. Decisions such as these are always difficult for staff but we strive to provide the best quality of life for all our animals. She will be missed. Her sister has been doing well and is enjoying the winter despite the cold weather.