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.