Timber Wolves Crossing From Canada To Pennsylvania On Ice Of Lake Erie [Article in Kane Republican]


The wolf sightings reported three days previous have been confirmed; a 40-pound timber wolf was shot near Albion by Albert Long. It is believed that the wolves crossed into Pennsylvania from Ontario via the ice on Lake Erie in search of food. This article offers an analysis of the situation by Dr. McCleery, referred to as "one of the most famous authorities on wolves in the United States." It also contains Dr. McCleery's explanation as to why none of the alleged wolf sightings could have been wolves escaped from his parks along Route 6 and in Coatesville. Partial text of the article is quoted below.


January 30, 1931

Page Numbers

1, 6


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Partial Text

This year, as during preceding scares, reports of wolves being sighted have drawn attention to Dr. McCleery's wolf farms.

Rumors have gone out that wolves have escaped from these places.

And just as he has done previously, Dr. McCleery has again felt it necessary to deny wolves have escaped from his farms.

In the first place, the doctor says, he knows how many wolves he has on his farms, and they are closely counted.

Besides, he keeps only giant Lobo wolves,the only packs of their kind in the world, and white Arctic wolves the only creatures of this type ever captured.

None of these valuable lobos, giant offshoot of the buffalo hunting packs of the days of '49, have ever escaped. The Arctic wolves are smaller, and since there are only six in the United States, they can be closely watched.

Dr. McCleery explains that his lobos can be easily told from the timber wolves because they are progeny of timber wolves which have developed into enormous size. Lobos weight on a average of 130 pounds each.

A timber wolf only weighs 60 pounds. The lobos are the hardiest survivors of packs of timber wolves that once ranged the Rockies. They followed the buffalo trails, and when this food gave out, began fighting among themselves.

Only the fittest, largest and hardiest survived. These, the only lobos in existence, are in Dr. McCleery's pens and closely guarded.