Alaska Firefighters Rescue Five Wolf Pups After Massive Wildfire

Pups were suffering after savage porcupine attack


Wolves? Terrifying. Wolf puppies? Devastatingly adorable. It's difficult to react to this story of Alaskan firefighters rescuing a litter of wolf pups in any way other than Squeeee!! And that would be a reasonable reaction. That would be a completely reasonable reaction.

It all started last Tuesday, when a group of firefighters responding to the destructive Kenai Peninsula wildfire heard a yipping sound coming from what they thought was a nearby den, Steve Miller, deputy manager of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, told the Alaska Dispatch.

Miller contacted the Alaska Department of Fish and Game; when officials arrived, one wolf pup staggered out of the den, showing signs of dehydration and sporting a single, injurious porcupine quill.

Jeff Selinger, a Kenai-area wildlife biologist, looked to see if the pup's parents were nearby. But due to the wildfire and ensuing firefighter activity, that seemed an unlikely possibility.

"It was a pretty easy decision for [Selinger] to decide, 'Hey, these guys need some help," said Ken Marsh, information officer for the Department of Fish and Game.

Although the six-foot Selinger was too tall to crawl his way into the narrow den, a smaller firefighter ventured in to rescue the other wolf pups--striking a blow for the pups, as well as small firefighters everywhere.

Four more pups, all dehydrated and in various state of porcupine-related injury, were removed from the den. A sixth pup was also removed, but unfortunately did not survive.

Medics gave the pups sugar water to hydrate them, before the Department of Fish and Game brought them to the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, where they were taken in. At two weeks old, the pups weigh about 2.5 pounds each (a half-pound less than normal), but appear to be doing well.

"They're just sleeping and eating," Jill Myer, the zoo's development director, told the Dispatch. "They're doing normal puppy things."

Myer said that, after being handled by humans, the pups will not be released back into the wild. The zoo, which already has a wolf pack in its care, plans to find them a permanent home.

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THANK YOU FIREMEN! !!!!!!!!! God bless you for saving those precious little babies.

June 11 2014 at 11:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thanks to the firemen and the fish and wildlife people. I have been following this fire almost from the start as I have relatives right near the fire. In fact they were warned to be ready to evacuate but luck was with them and they didn't have to leave. But the fire was very near to their home. Scary for sure.

June 07 2014 at 12:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Firefighters are true heroes. I'm sure that they wouldn't have disturbed these wolf pups if it was clear that they'd be okay. These creatures are best left in the wild, but I think it's likely that these animals would have died without this life saving intervention. They won't have their freedom, but they will have medical attention and a good life thanks to the firefighters who rescued them! Well done, firefighters!

May 31 2014 at 3:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Maybe you can report on the 192000+ acres lost in this Kenai Peninsula fire we are currently still fighting for 11 days now? Yes, it is great these wolf pups were rescued but how many other animals have been lost along with the refuge lands lost where these pups were rescued?

May 31 2014 at 2:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Nice pups, but what is a 'savage porcupine attack'? Porcupines generally only defend themselves, they do not 'attack' other animals. More poor writing skills on display. Plus, what other kinds of 'attacks' would they do if not 'savage'? Random, maybe? Or a 'kind' attack, or a 'surprise' attack? Hmmmmm......

May 31 2014 at 1:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Aw, how cute are they!!! Glad they are ok.

May 31 2014 at 12:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I want to thank the Fire Fighters for this wonderful save! Wolves are now back under assault, as several states are importing professional hunters to "harvest" wolves.

Please help the wolves in the United States further by signing this petition:

Again, Thank you Smoke Jumpers for showing grace under pressure!

May 31 2014 at 12:34 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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On why way to sign and will share on me facebook!

June 11 2014 at 11:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Leave it to a fire fighter. They give a damn about life. Thank you :)

May 31 2014 at 12:04 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

They are just so cute!!!! Firefighter's thank you for not leaving them to die in the fire! So glad they have a home at the Zoo, they will be well cared for:)

May 30 2014 at 10:45 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

good to hear keep them away from the ******** who are big tough men with there rifles

May 30 2014 at 10:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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