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You’ll find abundant wildlife in Haliburton Forest, but did you know that it’s also home to a pack of gray wolves?

Just north of Haliburton Village, Ont., you’ll find the Haliburton Forest Wolf Center, a wildlife sanctuary and education site.

“We have a live pack of seven wolves that live in a seven-acre enclosure, which you can see through the one-way glass of our observation areas,” said Wolf Center co-ordinator Marena Wigmore.

“Then along with that, we have a full range of educational exhibits so you can learn more about wolves while you enjoy watching them.”

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The enclosure was constructed in 1996, when a pack of wolves from a site in Michigan were reintroduced there. Now Wigmore said that her main focus is education.

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“A full grown German shepherd has about half the jaw strength of an adult wolf, so the crush force per square inch is 1,500 pounds,” Wigmore said.

When it comes to their hearing, it is four times stronger than ours. And their sense of smell? A hundred times more powerful than a human.

Wigmore said wolves can smell their dinner when it’s moved from the freezer to defrost — inside. (The pack is fed randomly on site every five to 10 days).

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Each pack contains two characters, a male and a female. They are the only two wolves allowed to breed. In this case, Alpha is Luna and Piper. Wigmore said that as the pups mature, it’s more likely that they’ll compete for that top spot — perhaps by choosing a fight, or claiming dominance in other ways.

“One way Luna, one of our other mature women, maintains some control over Quest, is by not allowing her to participate in certain group activities, such as howling,” Wigmore said.

Mom, Luna, is 11 years old. The average lifespan is usually four or five.

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The newest member of the pack is a five-month-old female puppy. He doesn’t have a name yet, but you can help: There’s a naming contest taking place on the Wolf Center website. The only condition is that the name must start with “W”.

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Meanwhile, in-person viewing runs throughout the year. Wigmore said the pack is even more playful in winter and the wolves look even more majestic once they come into their winter coats.

And while they can’t guarantee you’ll spot the pack because of the seven acres of roaming space, Wigmore said they’ll often hang out near the viewing circle.

“We hope that the biggest way people can take the wolves is to break the notion of being a predator to be afraid of,” she said.

“They’re not such big, terrifying, evil creatures like the big bad wolf, or with movies like gray, Watching them up close gives you a chance to say, ‘I see where my dog ​​came from, I see this animal in a different light’.

You can visit the Haliburton Forest Wolf Center website for more information.

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