SMYRNA – The ancient call of the gray wolf has returned to the rolling hills of Smyrna. A pair of Mackenzie River Valley Alaskan Timber wolves reside at the new Wolf Mountain Nature Center Inc. The center, just opening its doors, is inviting the surrounding communities to see what they’re all about with an event July 7.
The non-profit center is approved by the New York State Education Department and is a federal and state licensed facility now providing educational programs about wolf behavior, history and the role of wolves and other predators in keeping a balance in the eco-system.
There is a great deal of misinformation and negative images associated with wolves, says wolf educator, Michelle Ying Ming Chan. The WMNC is in the development stages and currently has a small, knowledgeable staff. Staff members say a few dedicated volunteers to help with the many projects are always welcome.
Will Pryor, the director of the Nature Center, says taking on raising wolves was an interesting as well as an expensive venture. Pryor, an environmental scientist, says after visiting Wolf Park in Indiana he never second-guessed himself or his ideas of creating a nature center.