Wolves in Tyler?
POSTED: Friday, August 22, 2014 - 7:03pm
UPDATED: Monday, August 25, 2014 - 11:58am
Tyler, TX (KETK) — Everyone knows East Texas is full of animals like deer and armadillos, but there is another species in the area. Many people don't realize there is a wolf rescue is in Tyler, but the cost of keeping them could mean they may not be around for long. When Misti Plank agreed to rescuing wolves, she was not expecting a financial burden.
"We had no idea what to do with wolves, but we just learned and took them in to give them security," said Plank.
The previous owner told her the costs of keeping them would be covered, but the costs ended up coming from the Plank pocket.
"Right now our funds are low. Not being able to care for them, personally, we need some help with feeding them," said Plank.
The half acre sanctuary has eight wolves. They should be eating 2-3 pounds of raw meat a day. The pack is also fed dog food, but it's more like a snack than a meal.
"It's really expensive to go buy steaks and pork chops and other kinds of meat for the wolves," said Plank.
They were skinnier than usual because there is not enough meat to feed them.
"We've had a lot of people donate meat out of their freezer. If their freezer dies, and they've got the spoiled meat, hey, wolves love it," said Plank.
If they can't live at the sanctuary, they can't live in the wild. The wolves don't know how to hunt and take care of themselves.
"They have already been in a safe sanctuary. If they were to be let out now, they would not survive," said Plank.
Whispering Oaks Ranch and Rescue accepts meat and money donations. If you have any leftover meat from deer season, they want it. You can send donations to 1015 Pruitt Place, No. 104, Tyler, Texas
75703. For more donation information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Misti at 903-944- 8015.