Dr. McCleery Lobo Wolves Digital Archive

Achilles Head Taxidermy and Plaque

Description

A wolf head taxidermy of Dr. McCleery's wolf named Achilles. This taxidermy is on display at the Kane Area High School in Kane, PA. Achilles was donated to the Kane Area High School by the Jones family. The case and plaque were donated by the class of 2007. A transcription of the plaque can be found below.

Format

Date

1954

Access

This taxidermy is on display at the Kane Area High School in Kane, PA.

Transcription

This is Achilles, one of the Buffalo Wolves raised by Dr. Edward H. McCleery at his residence on Route 6 five miles east of Kane. The history of our town and the story of the "Lobo Wolves" will forever be woven by the same common thread. In 1920, as the last remaining wild wolves in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains were being hunted, trapped and killed, Dr. McCleery managed to acquire a breeding stock of wolves which he had sent to Kane. By 1928 our sports teams were known as the Kane Wolves and still carry that name with pride today.

In 1954, Achilles attacked Dr. McCleery and as a result had to be killed. This display honors the wild spirit of Achilles and is dedicated to the wolf and to the man who gave 40 years of his life to care for his "Kane Wolves." Dr. McCleery died quietly at 5:00p.m. May 23, 1962 at the age of 94.

Achilles was donated to our school by the Jones family. The case and memorial plaque were given by the graduation class of 2007.