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Jim Stein and Becky Mace began rescuing wolves and founded the Lakota Wolf Preserve in Colombia, New Jersey in the late 1990s.
They have raised all the wolves that form the preserve’s four different packs. There are British Columbian, Timber and Arctic wolves roaming the 10-acre wooded preserve.
I visited the preserve with Take a Hike NJ for a group tour. We checked in at the Camp Taylor Campground and then began the half-mile hike up to the preserve.
There is a shuttle available, but since we are a hiking group, we figured we could manage the walk.
Once we got to the top, Jim told us about the wolves that lived there while he threw them some treats so we could see them.
At one point, he and Becky howled and the packs all answered the call, which you can hear on the video below.
After visiting the wolves, we moved over to the bobcat enclosure where Becky talked about the bobcat and the lynx who live there.
They are rescues from various situations. Sienna, the juvenile bobcat stole the show
Then finally we stopped at the fox enclosure. There are two foxes here, but we didn’t linger long. They’d recently been traumatized by some boy scouts and were shy of the crowd.
Location: 89 Mt Pleasant Rd, Columbia, NJ 07832
Designation: Wildlife Refuge
Date of my visit: 2/2/2020