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John Carson said:   July 7, 2013 2:36 pm PST
We lived two doors away from Dr. McCleery’s first house in Kane. I was born in 1955 so the wolves had already been moved out of town and my early memories of the wolves were while they were in the care of Jack Lynch. My father spoke often of Dr. McCleery and frequently took us out to see Jack and the Wolves. I read Earl Jones name a few times in your book as a helper in the caring of the Lobos. Earl lived one house east of McCleery’s and was one of the kindest people I knew. Earl would ‘look after’ us in the neighborhood when we were small kids. He would accompany us for hikes in the woods pointing out animal tracks, favorite places along the creek, or where he stashed a drinking cup near a cool spring. We would go for miles without a care in the world; us because we were 8 years old, and he because he enjoyed the world from that perspective. It's great to think about those days.

Dennis M. Wolfe said:   June 27, 2013 3:46 pm PST
I was born in 1952, raise and lived in Ludlow, Pa and played my High School sports at Kane High School. Dr. McCleery and later Dr. Lynch, used to bring a Wolf to our Homecoming Game every year at least until 1962 when Dr. McCleery sold the park and wolves to Dr. Lynch. Since our Mascot was the Kane Wolves, the live appearance of a real wolf at the games was something that you never forget. I left Ludlow in 1973, and was not aware that the Wolf Park had closed down in 1970. I heard somewhere that the wolves were moved west to somewhere in the northwest of the U.S., but was never able to find out much after that. I now live in the San Diego area of California and there is a Wolf Sancuary near Julian, CA. On a recent visit, I mentioned the Lobos to the staff at that park, but they had never heard of them being in Kane, PA. Any information you might have about their current whereabouts would be greatfully appreciated. I am about to retire and would love to find them again. In case my name, Dennis Wolf doesn't mean anything else, I do have a long history of association, respect and love with these animals.

dusty rhodes said:   May 22, 2013 5:20 pm PST
I was born and raised in NW PA and can remember my father taking to see these wolves. Recently we were in South Africa and met a family who has raised a wolf from as a puppy. The animal has a beautiful grey coat and was raised in a pack of other dogs. It thinks it is a dog; it would come every day and let me pet it. Because of that and my memories of the Lobo Wolves I decided to do some research and found a couple of web sites including this one. I will look through the old photo albums and see if I can find any old photographs. I remember some people would take flash photographs and then take the spent bulb and throw it into the pen. Some of the wolves would walk on the bulbs, crush them and then cut their paws. Thanks for the great memories.

Henry Scherrer said:   May 14, 2013 3:07 pm PST
What a nice historical resource on Dr. McCleery and the Lobo Wolves. Now I'm looking forward to the book!

Lee Savary said:   April 30, 2013 7:39 pm PST
I've been fascinated by wolves for 25 years and knew about Dr. McCleery and his Lobo wolves, but only by way of a few post cards and ancient news articles which only provided small glimpses into the man's life, so I was quite excited to find out that someone had written a book about him. After reading your book and seeing the many photographs of his wolves and the wolf farm, I have a lot more appreciation for Dr. McCleery's desire to save the Lobo wolf and to dispel the old myths and appreciate the wolf's existence, particularly at a time when societal attitudes towards the Lobos and wolves in general focused almost exclusively on trying to kill them off. The man accomplished an extraordinary feat and had an excellent working knowledge of wolf behavior long before modern day wolf researchers and scientists, and I have always felt that he deserved a lot more recognition for his accomplishments (which has been sadly lacking) so I'm quite happy to see how you've been able to bring the Doctor's story out of obscurity and into the public eye. The original photographs of the doctor and his wolves (and their names and descriptions) here on this website are fascinating as well.

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