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December 16, 2013

Wolf Hollow labors to prevent another escape


“In nature, wolves never have a chance to be a leader unless they leave the pack,” Soffron said. If they notice fighting in the pack, they will separate the wolf from the pack.

“We put them in their own space so they can be the boss of their own,” he said.

Wolf Hollow is licensed by the state and federal government. Soffron’s mother, Joni, is director of the organization.

The organization provides a unique opportunity for people to see gray wolves in a natural setting. It is open to the public on Saturday and Sundays and draws between 5,000 and 10,000 visitors annually who sit through a presentation and question-and-answer session prior to meeting the wolves. It is supported mostly by admission fees, gift shop sales, an adopt-a-wolf program and donations.

Soffron was out with volunteers this weekend working on the fence project, but there is still a lot of work to be done. He hopes the majority of the work can be completed over the next few years.

“We are making the best of an unfortunate situation,” he said. “The community support has been inspiring.”

For more information or to donate online, go to

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.

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