Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Virginia Rail

Unusual bird brought in, a Virginia Rail- Thanks Ed Swan and Audubon for help identifying! Hit by car? I think will be fine.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

In Tribute

Captain John- remembered Wolftown in his will. And we the staff, board and volunteers of Wolftown would like to thank him and his family for the generous, kind and timely contribution to the project.

We offer our condolences to his family.

But we will remember him here in our work at Wolftown and on his behalf strive to live up to the trust he and his family place in the project.

Thursday, June 30, 2011


The baby wild mallards are doing fine and growing rapidly. Baby raccoon is doing very well.
Poor older lady brought me a starved, cold baby swallow that died as she held it. The older lady was so sad.
Many, many calls asking advice about local wildlife.
A few wolf hybrid calls from back east, all turned out to be dogs and were referred.

Noaa  had a practice oil spill response that went well. Heaven help us if that happens in the sound as it would be hard to clean up in the enclosed area.

Hope all reading this are well.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Baby Raccoons and more Ducks

Baby raccoons come in this time of year and we do triage on them get the started with our foster critter care folks on Island. These trusty volunteers help raising, without imprinting baby wild animals.
Got two in right now, both starving after Mom giot hit by a car, one poor little guy died, but the other is doing well.

We got in more mallard ducklings. These are off island birds so will be released off island. They are doing well.

Blinky ten is doing great and will soon be released.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Wildlife- New Arrivals

The start of wildlife season has been slow this year. Many phone calls about wildlife. Most of our work is pure education. The majority of these calls are problem wildlife. Raccoons and otters nesting in your garage etc....:)

We are still caring for Blinky ten the Barred owl and got a number of baby waterbirds in. Many seal calls but none of them really in trouble.

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Have had only a few calls. Barred owl is in rehab with a busted beak. Hit by a car.
A few passerine
A few deer fawn calls, sadly all were dying.

The weather is cold for May.

Some seal calls but all were false alarms.

Saw a fur seal from the ferry!

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Eagle and Beaver

New rehabs at Wolftown
Beaver found by Docton Marine park
Eagle at golf course in Tukwila

Monday, January 31, 2011

Cattlemen's winter school

Always is alot of fun.

I teach, foraging livestock loose and natural tanning methods. This put me into contact with farmers and hunters. And I find that they are the salt of the earth.
They talk common sense with me, about land, and predators and farming and hunting.

And I have to say.

I trust them

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Someone told me

That a wolf kills more than she needs.

It is true, if an animal triggers a prey response a wolf will do this, It doesn't happen all the time. But domestic stock by the very nature we have given it can send signals as prey that will trigger a response.
But the wolf is designed by nature to leave a surplus for other creatures that benefit from her kill.

That a wolf kills livestock

Yes, she can. So you must be clever and bring stock in close at night or when vulnerable, such as lame or sick or calving cows.
It is also Worth noting that some cattle are much more self reliant than others. Some breeds of stock are. It is worth it to think about creating a foundation of stock that can live in balance where you are.

Wolves are dangerous

One of the things that frightens me the most is how people forget that big predators are dangerous. And we do not want to acclimate them to people for precisely this reason. I wait for bad news from some National Park that will be used to unbalance the return of big predators.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

compassion-repeat post

Sometimes when things are bad. When all you seem to hear are stories of tragedy and sorrow, this is what I do.

I remember the great compassion that many people show towards all life.

From a child moving a worm from the road to the dirt, and to an old man driving miles to bring me a young towhee to heal.

And then the way we help other people in the event of accident.

The kind face leaning down peering into anothers eyes and asking....
"Are you all right? Can I help you?"

Let this define us.

The millions of people who reach out with compassion.

Sunday, January 02, 2011


All of you

Jesus into the Wilderness.

Buddha under a tree

Wahkontah by the waterfall

 many of our great teachers and guides looked to nature.

For rest, for peace, for balance

If you were here

Dear Guides,

You would weep at what has been done in your names.

Monday, December 27, 2010

The speech of a wolf

If a wolf could talk what would she say?

Oh Humanity, if she could talk to us
Come out of the mountains

On soft big paws

over snow

She would say nothing

If a wolf could talk
What would she say?

We could not understand her

Or could we?

Do we not love our children?

our place?

Our mate?

Do we not sing.....

for camaraderie
with family
for joy
in the soft moonlight

on mountains bright and sharp

Saturday, December 18, 2010


What to do?

When you go to hunt and find no salmon or only small ones?
What to do when you store poisons from pesticides and other human made contaminants in your fat, then when you need to use these reserves you draw the poisons into your blood stream?

What happens when you add stress from tourists and boats that get to close to your family?

You die off.

Monday, December 13, 2010

A young deer

It has been a slow week. Eagle call, but he was unhurt just sitting by the side of the road on a dead crow. Odin went out and checked for me. Thanks Odin.

Seagull with a broken wing on the highway. Thanks Police!

Two seal calls, one a tidbit for the Transient Orcas as he was missing a head.

And a young deer.


A woman called me. Her voice soft and sweet.
I drove out to her on a rainy blustery evening. And found her standing with a young deer curled up by the side of the road.

This woman, a butterfly a moth, wrapped in a dress coat, thin and delicate crying in the rain.

A Dump truck rumbled by and she ran like a child after it her hands held up in defence of the deer....her voice lost in the roar.

" a deer.....please please!"

But the truck driver didn't hear her.

The deer was very ill. You know when parasites and starvation have taken their toll. He couldn't get up.

And I explained to the lady that the best thing to do was to end suffering as kindly as we could.

She nodded and wept.

And As I went back for the rifle, I thought.......She is very compassionate. But  has she never seen how life actually is..... for people and animals.

Oh Moth....Oh Butterfly....come with me for a day or month...into the mountains and shed those shoes.
Into the city, where children drink whiskey.

Down to the water to see what earth and sea do to dead crabs then back out into the fields of spring where the fierce dragonflies hunt.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010


Members and friends of Wolftown! We’ve been at this site for over ten years. With great sadness, we are in the process of removing the trees that threaten the wolf enclosures, animal shelters, and our dwelling. In the summer, the many tall trees on our site have been a source of shade and beauty for the wolves, humans, and our other furry and feathered residents. Sadly, winter seems to be bringing frequent and severe wind storms. You may recall that during the winter of 2006 we experienced a major wind storm that caused severe damage due to blown down trees.

Already this November, we have had two severe wind storms with gusts over 40 miles per hour. During the first, 3 tall trees fell, striking and damaging the wolf enclosures, with one landing on and damaging the roof of our cabin. During the second event, two more trees fell, again striking the fence lines of the enclosures. Fortunately, none of our beautiful wolves were injured.

When trees start going down in a windstorm, I have little choice but to go out in the height of the storm and start chain sawing if the fences of the wolf enclosures are damaged. We cannot predict how long the storm will last and what else will happen. It’s like going into battle. The tops of the trees are swaying violently, and one must try to keep track of which ones may go down next, plan an escape route, and still chain saw. I must admit, you can’t help experiencing an adrenaline rush because of the risk, and I have willingly taken that risk many times as has T, in her role as spotter at my side, since it’s pretty well impossible to hear a tree going down over the noise of the wind and the roar of the chain saw. During the storm of 2006, a large branch fell and struck T, bruising and fracturing her forearm.

As a wolf sanctuary, we are regulated by the US Department of Agriculture. Its rules state that any tree threatening the wolf enclosures must be removed. Upon reflection and examination of our recent history, we reluctantly decided that drastic measures were necessary. We had no choice but to call in a tree service to start removing trees. We are paying for this with limited funds intended for our retirement, since the process must happen in short order. Once some trees are removed, the risk of neighboring trees going down increases as they are more exposed to threatening wind. As soon as trees and debris are cleared and our fence lines repaired, we will replant trees to provide shade and shelter from the wind with some careful planning. Part of the problem was caused by some of the trees growing in an extremely overcrowded environment. Please consider donating to help defray the cost of this sad but necessary process, as we continue to try to inform and educate people about wildlife and environmental issues.



Friday, November 19, 2010


Minaw-First Daughter- The first wolf rescue at Wolftown died today.
She was found by some women working on a well in the mountains. A small pup, rather than consider her indigenous I am sure she was someones pup that had escaped.

These woman captured her and brought her to Wolftown.

Minaw was raised with Trout and they considered themselves siblings. However Minaw was the most alpha of any female I have ever had.

Her first mate was Lev-o-Gage  who was alot older than her. He died of cancer in the late 90's
Her second mate was Papa Wolf who also died of cancer about 5 years ago.

Her last mate was Elohape I think he was her favorite even though he was much younger.

Minaw raised the orphaned cubs- Honga, Monhin, Ta. She also raised Puppup.

She was a brave and wise spirit, and very kind to all, although shy and not really on our tours.

Oh Minaw!  You were with me so long!

Come back wild

And thank you for your gifts.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Letter to the editor- after people were discussing how anyone can rehab wildlife

Dear Vashon

I thought I'd clear something up with a little letter to the editor.

You need a permit to do Wildlife rehab. This is because of the nature of infectious disease and protocol involving the safety of wildlife and the public. We are taught in Rehab to recognise various types of zoonoses, this is very important for health of wild populations and public safety. Wildlife rehabbers deal with rabies, lepto, SARS and Avian Flu protocol, oil spills and mass strandings.

I have called Public health on rabies and cases where necropsy was required to determine specific diseases.

We at Wolftown know how to safely return animals to the wild without imprinting. Imprinting is when an animal recognises people as 'friend' this is not safe for them, or for us. In large mammals like deer it can be dangerous.

Also when euthanasia is required we have resources above the public norm. This provides a level of safety for the community and less suffering for the animal. We work closely with King County Sheriffs on some of these cases close to houses and roads.

Vashon is a more suburban area now and we have to face the facts that result from that.

Wildlife rehabbers network with other facilities. For help and support and as a way to identify what is going on in terms of infectous diseases. For example If I get raccoons in with Lepto- I know I'll soon see it in other species, I then can also warn other off island facilities.

Wolftown often gets help from Zoos and researchers and biologists and vets where all of us compound data for the benefit of Wildlife and ecosystems.

I personally am on the boards of two Wildlife Organizations, one for big predators the other for Wildlife in WA State.

I started working with wildlife over 25 years ago. I had some reservations on working with the state and federal agencies. While the red tape can be a pain, for the most part the sharing of ideas and information between professionals HELPS US ALL! And greatly helps Wildlife. The biologists I work with are Saints.

Vashon is a closed eco-system I have been working on data here reguarding diseases and parasite loads for many many years with Dr Thorne.

If everyone does not help Wolftown gather data- If everyone does not work as a team- we are losing a vaulable tool for expanding knowlege on how Humanity, ecosystems, wildlife and domestic species function as a whole.

Do you have sheep and goats? Suffered any loses lately? Wormers not working? See thin sick deer around? Get the picture? We are working on it.

If you want to help- Thats great please do! But let us know, it helps us with our gathering of data. If you cannot reach us and wish to transport wildlife off Island- Great! But take the animal to a permitted Wildlife rehabber. Do not attempt to rehab a wild animal yourself. And it is ILLEGAL and for a good reason.

Many of the cases I have gotten over the years are animals that are sick from incorrect care. One person didn't understand the use of antibiotics after songbirds were attacked by a cat and died. One person fed a fawn soy milk. One person was stealing baby seals from the beaches. I could go on and on.

If you want to help on island- GREAT! I will train you- sub permit you! I already have folks that help with marine mammals and song birds, squirrels and baby raccoons. I need more help! I don't want to do it all, nor can I.

Lets work together!

Thanks Vashon

T and Pete Yamamoto

Volunteers and Staff, members and Board of Wolftown


Storm damage

Gale force winds at Wolftown!

Two trees landed on house, cracked roof, stove pipe and skylight.
One tree took out two fencelines.

One tree hit hawk mew.

No animals hurt, got NO sleep, stayed up watching fencelines.


Paul, Dallas and Mike

And Darling Pete the Brave

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Blinky -9


The Barred owl, a passage female, came in about two weeks ago. Very thin.  Maybe due to bad luck. In a habitat with little prey species or maybe she had an accident. She was unhurt.

But she needed some TLC

So she got it, was wormed and released on Friday

Happy journey's Blinky 9

The soil

Notes from Wolftown's ag programs.

Nutrients in the soil, species diversity and parasites in wildlife are all related in my opinion.
Before the advent of modern farming tyo keep parasite loads down and help the soil, as was explained to me by my Grandpa before he died was this,
Rotation of crops.
Rotation of species on field- Sheep/goats followed by cattle/horses
Culling of non-resistant animals .
Preserving the variety of grass and forage species .
The use of foraging on browse.
Moving groups of livestock every three weeks to new fields.
Using grasses that are 4 to 5 inches long, only for sheep and goats.
Burning fields.
Deep litter in barns
Worming during/after a heavy prolonged freeze.
Access to non-molasses/non-grain fortified- mineral licks
I need herb farmers to help me with the following herbs –fennel, garlic,mugwort,hyssop,thyme, pumpkin seeds.

Wildlife and diversity of species add their different nutrients to the soil by way of their manure, however they can share the same parasite load. Deep litter by way of heat kills parasite load in bedding.

The nutrients in the soil create healthier crops and grass and forage.

Healthier us, healthier world.

Forests retained add their considerable benefits, use of trail systems helps feed livestock. and people. Use edges.


Sunday, October 31, 2010


You don't think voting matters?

Don't think calling your senators and representatives and demonstrating matters?

Then compare through our history what voting has done.

Given Woman the right to Vote

Changed environmental laws

Brought the eagle and the peregrine falcon back from the brink of extinction

Ended wars

Protected habitat

Won equal rights for all.

It has given us- the working class- a place to stand.

And try to be heard-

If you don't vote

You effectively silence our voice.

If you don't call your senators and representatives

You effectively silence your voice

If you don't peacefully demonstrate when you feel that things are wrong

You silence us all.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Minaw- First Daughter

Minaw- Our tough Alpha female is at last feeling her age. She is almost blind and in her face I see that she is preparing herself for the long journey.

Say a prayer of thanksgiving for her life.

She has taught many.

Saturday, October 23, 2010



I have not been very good at getting grants, I'm afraid. For wildlife work such as mine there are not many grants.

However there is help for young farmers.

But you have to e-mail me.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Taiga Sparrow

A little taiga sparrow came into the project last week.

 little northern wanderer....I am glad to be able to release you.
next year
Tell the North

T says


Here is the deal

The thing about Wolftown is I get a Hunting group, an animal rights group and a farmers group all out to the project to volunteer at one time.

The hunters want to be able to hunt and be outside
The Animal rights group to protect all life
The farmers to raise food.

And I walk a  tightrope balance between.

I frankly am tired of extremes.

Tired of the religion of ideas
Instead of what is actually real.

The hunters must realize that there are others in the woods that hunt for food and are taught by nature to balance the swinging of the land like the tides and moon. And hatred of a species is a religion, and that is a road to disease and emptiness.And if you hunt you need to be taught the ethics of hunting; of honor and integrity.
I do not want to follow a deer poorly shot to end his suffering. Or to be asked where the bear is in order to kill him, when he is only trying to live like I am and doing me no harm.

The animal rights groups must understand that all things die and give their lives for others, and it is how this is done that is the issue. And a warning here, the ones who control the food control the world. Each of us must examine in detail where our food and clothing come from. And how it comes to be with us. And what dies to plant Cotton or soybeans, or harvest a field. And what are vitamin tablets are packaged in.
And what is the balance of all these thing?

The Farmers must be careful not to be caught in bigger is better. If you get bigger you run the risk of losing your soul. And quickly. We as farmers must look very carefully at our actions and keep them as wise and good as we can in a world that favours bigger and better.You must help folks understand that like the teachers/police and fire dept, farmers are important and food, good local slow food and clothing is priceless.

I write these things because I am tired. And I do not see change. I see apathy most of the time. Or the screaming rhetoric of religion of ideas.

And I see fear on all sides. So much fear that the different groups will not talk to each other as civilized people. Using our great gift that humanity has been given
And Compassion.

Saturday, September 18, 2010


Our little squirrel was weaned and now is living at Bainbridge Wildlife with many other squirrels.

Common practice with rehabbers.

The Flicker sadly died of internal injuries.

There was a dead harbour porpise found in the north bound ferry lanes, possibly killed by the transient orcas.

A third wolf pack sighted in WA

Something I reported to you some months back.

It is best not to say where wolves are sighted.

Friday, September 03, 2010


Chugiak died peacefully yesterday in his sleep. He was terminally ill with cancer. He was a wolf originally rescued by a kind couple and then transfered to Wolftown. The Mate of Trout and a favorite among staff as he was so friendly and gentle, except when he had a turkey.

He was harder to observe by guests as he was shy but rewarding to watch play with Trout as he had a joking manner with his shark like wife.

Chugi is buried next to his beloved Trout and will be sorely missed. He was buried with slices of cheddar cheese which he loved and a sprig of Douglas fir to signify the return of all things.

Come back wild Chugiak- as far from people as you can get. And thank you for the gift of your life.

T and Pete

Thursday, September 02, 2010


Wildlife season is slowing down.

Got in a young swallow that sadly did die.

And a young squirrel that now is being cared for by a volunteer. He will do just fine I think.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Just news

A few wildlife calls, mostly baby seals that concerned citizens think need help. One in west Seattle that the Seattle police called me about at 10:00 pm The police kindly put police tape around this young pup to keep people away.

Then a woman called about a baby squirrel that fell out of the nest. She was kind of in love with the little creature. This always gives me pause as it is easy to imprint a baby wild animal, which robs them of their real life in the wild.
Chugiak is feeling his age. He is a wolf that was rescued by caring folks that brought him to Wolftown. His hind limbs are very stiff and he does have cancer. I sit with him in the sunshine and pet him and tell him to come back a wild wolf.

Alot of our wolves are getting old.

Dear Wah, and Minaw. They have given their lives to teach.

Admiral Bird our falconry hawk is starting to come back into fall training. He is glad as he then gets to fly around the project.

Black Bear sighted on the South end of Vashon.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


 coyotes sited on the south end.
I have recieved about three sightings of coyotes. Maybe the same one.

I saw scat last year on Doan's land.

And was called out to necropsy a coyote hit by a car near the catholic church three years ago. This one was a lacatating female.


Raccoons being set up for a soft release off island.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Sonic Boom/Osprey

Our poor Osprey is finally dead.  Poor guy. He sure did try to live. Even eating a bit. He just had gotten down too low!

The Sonic Boom reported in Seattle actually had me responding to calls from eyewitnesses that saw birds knocked out of the sky!

I spent some time in the brush crawling around after a Coppers hawk, but he did recover and fly off.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Bake sale thank you

Thank you maggie and Vashon Bakery for the wonderful bakesale. You raised over $500!!!!!

Osprey still with us!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Whats new!

Well, Thanks to Odin for putting red warning tape around the baby harbour seal at Point Robinson. Remember folks to stay 100 yards away from marine mammals. You don't want them stressed and you do want mom to feed them!

Thanks to Brian for rescuing the baby eagle trapped near a house in  Bellvue. Brian is a master falconer and will always  help in an emergancy!

We have a young osprey at the project right now, very thin, missing one eye. My guess attacked by an eagle. Wish him luck!