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Yukon
Male Wolf
Yukon
Yukon joined the Big Pack in the Sky in 2009.
He passed at ~12 years old due to unknown causes.

Yukon was an Arctic wolf that arrived at Wild Spirit in March of 2007. His date of birth was unknown, but what we do know is that he came from a breeder in Jacksonville, Oregon. He is the father of Alice, Thunder, Sabine, Sugar, Storm and Powder, who were rescued a year prior.

He came to us, along with his life-long companion, Sierra, and older son, Axel, when his owner decided to surrender them into our care. He no longer wanted to breed Yukon and Sierra, and Axel was a pup from a former litter that he decided to keep, but no longer wished to own. Happy to give them a home, we began the process of making arrangements and set off to pick them up. Once loaded into our rescue van, all three animals were taken to the vet to be spayed and neutered, but when the vet looked at Sierra he discovered something very surprising – she was already pregnant! Although the addition of a litter of pups was not an ideal situation, staff elected to let her maintain her pregnancy.

Upon arrival at Wild Spirit, the three new rescues settled in nicely, creating their home in one of our most beautiful habitats, full of trees and rocks. Almost immediately, Sierra and Yukon prepared for their final litter by digging a den in the dirt under a large rock slab. While doing so, they uncovered a fungus called Cryptococcus, which is generally not a huge threat for canines, but for a mother and her young pups, it can be lethal.

Thankfully, Axel was unaffected, as he was perfectly healthy and did not spend time in the den. Sadly, the same could not be said for the five puppies Sierra gave birth to: Teton, Shasta, Flurry, Frost, and Trinity. Sierra and Trinity were so affected by the Cryptococcus that they ended up passing away due to the infection. Teton experienced some nerve damage in his front leg, but otherwise recovered fully, and Shasta recovered without any issue. Luckily for Flurry and Frost, they began showing a marked interest in people and wandering away from their mother to investigate the humans around them before excessive exposure occurred. Due to their interest and aptitude, we began to train them to work as Ambassadors, which meant spending a lot more time with people and less time in the enclosure. This allowed both Flurry and Frost to avoid any nerve damage from the Cryptococcus.

 

Yukon

Personality

Yukon was a very calm, self-assured fellow. Nothing seemed to faze him, and he appeared to take things in stride. He was a good protector of the family, and would warn against human intruders (which were usually new volunteers) when they first approached his enclosure. He was getting more comfortable with Caretakers, and would come up for sniffs and the occasional scratch.

Relationships

Yukon lived with his life-long companion, Sierra, and their pups, Teton, Shasta, and Trinity. When Sierra and Trinity passed, he lived with Teton and Shasta.

Likes & Dislikes

Yukon liked his pups when they were behaving themselves, freaking out his Caretakers, and lots of sleep!

Yukon disliked his pups when they were being naughty, new volunteers around his enclosure, and his water being muddied (usually by his pups).

Fun Facts

When Yukon had an odd behavior never before seen in the history of Wild Spirit . . . He, for unknown reasons, used to hold Caretaker’s thumbs in his mouth. He was not known for being affectionate, but this was perhaps the closest he got to expressing it.

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