The Lonely Plight of the Lobo Wolves [Article in Pacific Search Press]


This article reports on the deplorable conditions of "Lobo Land," run by Mr. and Mrs. Jack Lynch, who purportedly have seven subspecies of wolves at the park including the last of the plains wolf. Dr. Eaton reports that during his visit to Lobo Land on August 17, 1973 he was unattended and observed that several of the wolves limped and had scars and injuries, their water containers were lined with algae, decaying meat littered the too-small pens, there was no ground cover, and the wire barriers were too light, too short, and inadequate to prevent digging out (and several are reported to have escaped). The largest of the wolves was about the size of a German Shepherd. Dr. Eaton cites Dr. Durward Allen's statement that all but one of Dr. E. H. McCleery's plains wolves had been destroyed by the authorities who had had a change of heart about letting Dr. McCleery keep the plains wolves, so if this story is true, the wolves today are hybrids.

Dr. Eaton spoke with several locals about Lobo Land. One veterinarian reports that the Lynches brought in a wolf pup with a paw mangled by an adult, and asked for the leg bone to be left protruding to depict the ferocity of the wolves. A former employee stated that surplus wolves were killed rather than given to anyone else. Lynch denies killing any wolves or giving any away.

A Seattle attorney representing Lobo Land encouraged Dr. Eaton to expose conditions at Lobo Land to pressure positive change for the animals. Dr. Eaton additionally reports on the Lynch's refusal to work with biologists, the suspiciously low number of wolves, and his shock that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has licensed this facility.


February 1974

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