Tonya has dedicated her life to protect the wolves in the wild and in
captivity and founded Wolf Mountain Sanctuary in 1980. She rescues the injured and abused wolves that otherwise would be put to sleep.
When a wolf is brought to her as a cub, they can grow to a weight of 180 pounds. A wolf is not
like a dog - It cannot be a pet. Wolves can dig out or jump over a 7 foot fence with no
problem. Danna has joined Tonya in this lifelong commitment and is very dedicated to WMS and
donations are tax deductible and go directly to the care of the wolves. We
are run solely on donations, WMS receives
no grants, so we need YOU! Call 760-248-7818 for info.
The Sanctuary is located in the high desert of Southern California. We are a forever home for all of the wolves we rescue. We rescue wolves from the movie industry, private owners and from breeders.
WMS currently cares for 14 wolves.
Wolf Mountain Sanctuary is one of the few sanctuaries in Southern California where you can be
interact with pure wolves. We feel that as the wolves will be captive for their whole life, they need to have human contact
from their caretakers and receive all the love that we can give them.
The impression a 180 lb wolf leaves on you is ever lasting. To look into their knowing, wise, amber colored eyes is a moving, spiritual experience.
WMS often travels to special events bringing a wolf ambassador to give educational lectures.
The Sanctuary currently operates on donations thru
visits, memberships, monthly adoptions, hard work and dedication.
We receive no government grants.
the Sanctuary, Tonya now has the following types of wolves; Montana
Black, White Arctic Tundra, McKenzie Timber, Alaskan Timber, Alaskan Gray, and
a few British Columbia Blacks.
The feeding and care for the wolf is not like caring for a
dog. They cannot eat dog food that you find at the local store. They must have lamb, chicken, rice,
red meat, apples, carrots, and potatoes daily. Every other week, the wolves must have rabbit as it
is needed for their intestines and digestive tract.
The wolves also require the care of a
Permits are required to operate the Sanctuary along with housing for the
wolves. They must have chain link fences, poles, and gates.
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to
visit the sanctuary to help the wolves and to feel the love these magnificent
animals need and possess. Interacting with our wolves is a once in a lifetime
experience. Please call to make an appointment either early in the morning
or after 7p.m. at 760-248-7818. Go to our
VISIT THE WOLVES
page for more info.
OUR MISSION IS TO SAVE
Current times show that the government and
the hunters are once again trying to exterminate the wolf.
wolf has been one the most maligned and hated creatures since the beginning of time.
People envision the wolf as a bloodthirsty, vicious killer who wipes out herds of cattle, and
consumes small children, when in actuality, these beliefs couldn't be further from the truth. Not
only do wolves fit NONE of the popular stereotypes, but their gentle temperament and sophisticated
social structuring merit our admiration. There is no documentation of even a single wild, healthy
wolf attacking man on the North American continent. A wolf will only resort to preying on domestic
stock when it's natural prey (moose, caribou and deer) have been eliminated from their natural
range. Wolves serve a great ecological role in the wild by preying mostly on the weak and/or
diseased animals in the herd, leaving the younger healthier animals to become the breeding stock,
which ultimately produces a much stronger herds.
WHY SAVE THE WOLF? Look
at them, they are so noble, so beautiful. The wolf, as well as other endangered species, are
ecological indicators. It is by studying these species and by learning to preserve them that we
learn the main factors affecting our environment. Perhaps in so doing, we will learn undiscovered
ways to benefit mankind!
are those who show no concern for the wolf as an existing animal of the future. The wolf is gunned
down from airplanes and snowmobiles (this is what some consider SPORT). Sometimes the fur is
taken; but, more often the animal is simply left to decay.
He is poisoned "en
masse", trapped with leg hold traps... used as adornments for the idle rich... As a result of
this attitude, the wolf's range is today limited to Alaska, Canada, Upper Michigan, and Minnesota.
In the 1930's there were approximately 50,000 wolves which roamed the North American continent.
the 1940's that number had been decreased to 1,000... today, there are about 3,000 wild wolves. They
have made a small comeback but they are being attacked again. Wolf lovers need to band
together and do all we can to help them. TIME IS RUNNING OUT! Only you can save
the wolf from extinction.
Proper management procedures must be put
Won't you join us in the wolf's campaign?
Please help the wolves any way you can, sign all petitions you are asked to sign
to stop the innocent slaughter of our wolves! Donate to organizations that
are helping the wolf!
When you look into the eyes of a wolf,
you see your soul . . .
"You need no
diamonds when you have wolves"