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Jun 15, 2010

Save Wolf Mountain Sanctuary Target: Dena Smith, Director Land Use Services Department
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Wolf Mountain Sanctuary rescues wolves and fosters them in a sanctuary in Southern California, as well as educating visitors about the plight of this threatened species. However, local officials recently shut down Wolf Mountain Sanctuary and demanded that the sanctuary repermit, a process this nonprofit organization cannot afford.

Even though Wolf Mountain Sanctuary complied with all regulations and held an Exhibitor License since 1987, the County of San Bernardino will not allow the organization to continue its work until it files paperwork to receive a new Exhibitor License. The sanctuary does not have the resources to repeatedly file paperwork and pay the accompanying exorbitant fees. And it shouldn't have to.

The work of Wolf Mountain Sanctuary is too valuable and unique to be abandoned with so little cause. Urge the County of San Bernardino to allow them to continue protecting wolves from extinction.


Wolf Mountain Sanctuary (WM, a 501-3-C Non-Profit Organization, has operated in Lucerne Valley, CA for 20 years. The mission of WMS is to educate the public with regard to the history, social structure, physiology, environmental impact, mythological, and current legislative issues concerning wolves and wolf behavior. WMS is in a unique position in that all the wolves on the premises have been rescued. They can no longer be re-introduced into the wild, so they serve as good will and educational ambassadors for those fortunate enough to be able to visit and interact with them.

WMS has held an Exhibitor License since 1987. In 1987, Phyllis Brooks of the Planning Commission told WMS that they needed to have handicap parking, loading zone, public lavatory and a 24 foot gate for in and out traffic for the public which was done and has been maintained since then. WMS has complied with all regulatory permits & licenses required by the State, County, and USDA. Their record is spotless with regard to cleanliness, health of the animals, parking requirements, lavatory requirements etc.

After 20 years of operation within the regulations of the State and County, WMS is now being ordered to file all this paperwork again? Why?

New Commissioners with the County of San Bernardino have unfairly targeted WMS, requiring WMS to re-file all paper work, and subsequently pay the astronomical fees, which were paid and filed 20 years ago. WMS simply does not have the resources to complete this process time and time again, nor should they have to. It is egregious on the part of the County to demand more money from a non-profit to compensate for their lack of revenue from others businesses in the county, which WMS supports.

As a California Non-Profit Organization, WMS relies solely on donations generated from visitors at the Sanctuary. It costs approximately $2000 per week to feed the wolves, and these costs do not include medical care which can, and does exceed thousands of dollars.

WMS makes a significant economic contribution to San Bernardino County. Visitors come from all over the country, and they provide a revenue stream for local restaurants, hotels, shops, gas stations, gift shops, local artisans etc.

I am a supporter of WMS in their plight to save a wild, threatened species, and educate the public. The unfounded and unsubstantiated harassment from the county cannot continue, and threatens many lives at WMS. There are many, many others like myself and we will stand strong together to save this wonderful organization.

As a supporter, I request that you assign WMS the exhibitor license and any other licenses that are required to operate in the manner they have been operating for the last 20 years, i.e. allowing visitors to tour the facility. This should also be done at no cost as WMS is not in the position to pay the exorbitant fees that you are requiring.

Thank you in advance for hearing and listening to all of the many, many supporters of Wolf Mountain Sanctuary.
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Posted: Jun 15, 2010 11:43pm
Nov 17, 2009
WMS wolves were used to create animation for Twilight - New Moon! Did you know? Tippet Studios came to WMS a while back and took pictures and videos of our wolves to use for the animation for TWILIGHT - NEW MOON.. That is why the main wolf SAM looks alot like Istas!!!!! We are not sure which wolves they used but one of them also looks alot like Yawto.... HOW COOL IS THAT?????

 Twilight Video on the Wolf Pack. Check out the computer screens when Tom Gibbons is interviewed, you will see on the computer monitors, Wacipi, Istas and Yawto!






Look at the computer monitors!!! There is Wacipi, Istas and Yawto!!!! This is sooooo exciting!!! Our wolves used to make the animations for the Twilight Wolves!




Istas Twilight Flyer - Pass out at theater openings.  If you would like to help out and do this, please send your email to me at and I will send you the word doc.  We are having several volunteers throughout the US do this and request donations from the people in line!



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If you have time to email them, please do so.

Thanks so much!!!

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Posted: Nov 17, 2009 9:26pm
Sep 29, 2009





Email to:

Fax to:

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: 916-558-3160

Commissioners, California Fish and Game
1416 Ninth Street, Box 944209
Sacramento, California 94244-2090


Subject:  Proposed Regulation Section 681, Title 14, California Code of Regulations

Dear  :

I just received some rather alarming news concerning a proposed regulation for Section 681, Title 14, California Code of Regulations concerning hybrid animals and plants. First let me say I agree with the concept that regulations need to be in place for Fish And Game to regulate dangerous situations and need to close loopholes in the law.

I do however believe any proposed regulations concerning hybrid animals should regulate the humans that do not care for, treat, or breed these animals properly, not the animals themselves or the confiscation and destruction of these animals, nor effect the people who do care for, love and treat these animals properly and in a responsible manner.

As such I feel the proposed regulation is seriously flawed in that it is too wide sweeping and would be more detrimental than good. Though it may be true some unscrupulous people may for their own means try to get around proper care and treatment of animals by claiming exemption from current regulations by legal wrangling, the proposed regulation has not been properly thought out and would impact many people which do not condone such behavior and shun those who do, and the animals the responsible owners love.

This is mainly in dealing with wolfdogs, which are considered a domestic breed in other areas. These are not ferocious beast of myth, and as with any breed of dog, it is the actual owner/companion who raises the animal and care for the animal that influences the behavior and disposition of the animal. Wolfdogs, Akitas, German Shepards, Huskys, and good ol’ American mutts that may just look like “hybrids” and such do not have a predetermined disposition for violence or aggression, they start out the same as a Poodle, Terrier, Pomeranian or any other small domestic breed of dog.

The fear comes from the size of the animal compared to the smaller breeds and the myth surrounding actual wolves as being dangerous to humans which has no factual basis. After being around many of these creatures for years it is a fact they are actually fearful of humans, rightfully so, since we are the top predators on the planet and the most dangerous creatures on the planet.

 Just look at the matter being discussed here, we as humans are discussing the fate and possible murder of good animals that have done nothing wrong that we don’t even know, how barbaric and dangerous is that?

It is important to realize this legislation would be far wider sweeping than intended. The mere cost of finding these dogs, the cost of animal control to destroy them, the cost of housing the animals in shelters, the legal challenges including enforcing agencies to conduct DNA testing when challenged individually in court and court costs alone would be far more than the current operating budget of many counties. I personally can see those costs would be in six digit figures within a year. Did anybody doing research on the anticipated costs do any sort of thinking about all these costs? Or did they just think nobody would notice and wouldn’t fight any of this?

After reading the material it appears whomever put this proposed legislation together just put in the usual “no fiscal impact” answer to the questions without actually conducting any studies. Mere common sense would indicate severe fiscal impact for cities, counties and the State. I for one do not want my taxpayer dollars spent on this flawed legislation and the backlash if it actually is made into a regulation. What are we going to tell schoolchildren and their parents that don’t have the proper books; I’m sorry we could not provide the books for the children to read because we had to spend the money to destroy an animal that did not harm anybody but merely because of the way it looks? Maybe destroy that child’s cherished companion.

I for one would sue anybody and everybody responsible if my companion was confiscated and I know hundreds of others that would as well if their dogs were confiscated. Not to mention the toll and severe backlash on politicians that supported this legislation at the next election. If those politicians aspire to another term, or to move up in government public service they would face tremendous public disapproval.

Remember, good ol’ American mutts would fall into the “hybrid” category along with some pure breeds, this would mean the number of people affected by this flawed legislation would be in the hundreds of thousands in California alone, and there would be the support of millions around the planet. And that doesn’t even include the hybrid cat owners which themselves are in the tens of thousands. The Internet is a valuable resource for getting the word out about proposed legislation like this one, not only to those affected in California, but those with an interest around the World, and that has already started. The Husky rescue people, the German Shepard rescue people, the Akita rescue people, the Wolf rescue people, the Wolfdog rescue people, the Malamute rescue people, Samoyed rescue people and various hybrid cat rescue people and people rescuing regular American mutts and all their supporters. That is a huge amount of people to make angry for proposed legislation that is flawed and would not benefit society.

To many dog lovers it would be like taking their child and they would not give up without a fight, even many of those with the job of enforcing this legislation would not want to and would fight it. The numbers of people fighting this would be far more than the estimates you may have. This is something any city, county or state agency in California cannot afford in these economic times.

 Make no mistake, the legal implications alone would cause any of those entities to go bankrupt. I as a state employee sure would not want the State to go bankrupt, we already had the problems with vouchers earlier this year and the budget problems. But you better believe if it came down to my companion or my job, my companion would win out no contest.

 I already got support from many voters just from them reading this letter and they are willing to sign a petition to that extent with their home addresses, some don’t even have dogs.

 Are you willing to take personal responsibility for this seriously flawed legislation though you may not had fully written it? Are you personally willing to stand up and accept the blame for it when entities trying to enforce this proposed legislation lose money in trying to fight all the challenges and cover the overwhelming costs?

We cannot let a few immoral humans effect the lives of most by &ldquorofiling” certain animals which start out naive and with a good disposition, creatures such as wolfdogs, Akitas, German Shepards, Malamutes, Huskys, American mutts etc. We have been fighting racial profiling in humans, fighting the human basic instinct of clannish behavior of “us” vs. “them” which leads to racial discrimination, leads to status discrimination, and leads to discrimination of other animal species. As with other predators there is competition of resources, yet predators are needed for life on this planet to survive, sharks are needed, bears are needed, wolves are needed, tigers are needed or life on this planet as we know it would drastically change for the worse, the resources of the planet could not provide enough for all animals, including humans, that are left.

Yet being the top predator gives us responsibilities we must not take lightly and has also given us a chance to interact with other species in unique ways, ways that shape their evolutionary path and change their dispositions and attributes. This interaction caused a close companionship to form between man and wolf that humans have with no other species. This companionship was and is so strong that we as humans began to modify the wolf, to mess with the genes, to mutate the wolf so as it can hardly be recognized from what it started out as, merely looking at a Pomeranian lap dog would give little to no indication it is closely related to a wolf.

Every breed of dog started out as a “hybrid” at one time or another, there was no Poodle and no Pomeranian, they were bred by humans by bringing two existing creatures together. We cannot let a far sweeping flawed regulation effect the bond between close companions, we already have far too many of those. An example is early legislation in some states of humans of different races who prefer to be intimately involved with those of a different race ie marriage. This is now considered by most to be illegal and flawed legislation.

Personally I do not want to prohibit the happiness of others for my own personal beliefs as long as they are not an immediate threat to my life and to those I care for deeply, I as an individual have no right to intrude and become a threat to their life and those they care for. If a person wants to raise a cow properly on their land outside of city limits, I don’t want to make them give up the animal just because I may take a drive by their place and the smell of manure may cause me to wrinkle my nose.

Many of us who love our 4 legged companions, and care for them deeply, raise them properly and care for them properly should not have to live in fear for our lives and the lives of our companions from the shortsightedness of some, or from myths that are not based on fact, but merely on fear. Wolfdogs may be considered a hybrid now, much like a Pomeranian was many years ago, but they have no predisposed nature to be vicious killing machines no more than human babies do, yet some humans do go on to become just that, as do some dogs of any breed due to being improperly cared for and raised. If regulations need to be passed it should be on the breeding and care of these animals by pertaining to the humans that are supposed to care for them. We as humans have taken the ability of wolves and dogs to survive on their own away, we have bred them to the point they need us to survive, they are no longer the respected hunters our ancestors admired and became so closely involved with. We have started down a path with this species so long ago they have become the closest of companions with us, they need us to provide for them, to care for them, to give them love and companionship, and many of us humans do just that. Our individual companions are family members and deeply integrated in our lives. To have them taken away and destroyed is like what is happening in wars on this planet where husbands and fathers are taken away in the night never to be seen by their families again, make no mistake the feelings and emotions are that intense.

I urge you to consider this proposed legislation for what it is, flawed, a wide sweeping profiling of animals that cannot speak for themselves, a genocide if you will of animals that we have helped make. Legislation is needed to give the Fish and Game authority to stop the humans that abuse these animals, that make them as mean and nasty as those individual humans themselves, just as unfit parents raise problem humans must be regulated. The animals themselves, the various breeds, the so called “hybrids” are not a danger, they are not inherently evil or vicious, they are the same as the small breeds which were at one time also “hybrids”. We as humans need them as they need us, they become family and cherished, for some they are sole companions and are a blessing.

Please do not let this flawed proposed regulation pass, it would cause far more harm than any good and would be detrimental to our society, not only here in California, but the rest of the Country and this planet. It would cause tension between hundreds of thousands of people, there would be legal battles. Politicians supporting this would lose support and their opponents would gain support, the court costs would be large on any scale, merely testing DNA of dogs for court challenges, of which there would be many, would be astronomical. Housing the dogs at a shelter would be more than most shelters’ current annual budget not to mention potential animal abuse of overcrowding, and any monetary losses to entities trying to enforce this would be disastrous. We already have enough of that happening as you can plainly see when reading the news.

Thank you for your time and patience.

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Posted: Sep 29, 2009 10:55am
Aug 12, 2009

Gear Up Wolf Lovers
WMS is being hit hard by the County of San Bernardino. They are telling us that we need to resubmit all applications for our Sanctuary which has been in operation over 25 years. They have new people and they are coming at us hard.

Over the next 4 days, we will be going through all of our paperwork and composing a form letter for those of you not in our area and a petition that can be signed by local people to try and put this harassment to a stop.

We have operated for a quarter of a century, paid our permits, received exemplary reports on cleanliness and how the wolves are taken care of.

Now there is some young hotshot inspector and he is making our lives a living horror.

Once we get the letter composed, we will post it, or send it to each of you and ask that you sign it and send it to the people listed. We will greatly appreciate this.

If you have any media contacts, legal contacts or governmental contacts, please let us know as we need all that help we can get and we need all of you and your contact backing us.

They did this to Forever Wild after Extreme Makeover rebuilt their facility and Forever Wild took it to court with all of the people backing them and they won. We can and will do the same.

Thank you so much for your support....

Danna Cruzan Sexsmith
Vice President
Wolf Mountain Sanctuary

and Tonya, Stephanie, all volunteers and of course the wolves!!!!

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Posted: Aug 12, 2009 5:13pm
Jun 3, 2009

Please check out our website:

You can donate to:  our address is - all donations are tax deductible...  Thank you!!!

We are in need of donations, summer and no visitors and our permits were raised, thanks California!!



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Posted: Jun 3, 2009 8:33am
Dec 11, 2008
WMS is entered into a contest at to win $1000...

This is free for you all you have to do it go to:

Join as a supporter for WMS.

Now go to the mall:

Click on and open 10 stores EACH day.  WMS will get credit for these 10 stores in the contest.  The charity with the most visits wins $1000 and we have until 12/31/08.

If you do this each day, we may win and be able to pay down the meat bill which we are VERY behind on.  PLEASE do this, it just takes about 5 minutes....

Next we get .02 cents per online search at:

You can download the toolbar or make this your default browser.  Please use this to do your online searches, WMS gets money for you doing this.

If you are doing any online shopping, PLEASE  do this thru the mall listed above, there are all the stars you shop at, Khols, Sears, Circuit City, etc.  WMS will get a percentage of each sale if you go thru this site.

If you download the toolbar:

when you search or shop, it will automatically pop up if the store is listed with IGIVE.

These are little things that are free for you to do that will earn money for WMS....

Please please please do this for us.

Happy Holidays to you and yours from WMS...

For the wolves,


If you already participate, thank you so much!

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