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Here’s A “Feel Good” Story…Say Hi To ‘Canuck’ The Timberwolf At The Big Run Wolf Ranch

Not every story, or article we publish here at Great American Outdoors is about hunting, or killing wild animals. We fully support every effort to protect endangered species so that future generations are able to see the beauty of these animals in the wild.

Understandably, there are exceptions when certain groups of species grow too large and the environment isn’t able to support them, that’s why we hunt certain animals like deer and elk, to thin the herd so that they can continue to thrive.

Wolves are a favorite of mine, we almost wiped them out years ago and I am very glad that they are making a comeback in North America. Wolves have had a bad reputation for centuries, people have misjudged them, they aren’t ‘evil’, or mindless killers, they’re just like any other animal, all they want to do is eat, breed and live free and it’s our responsibility to see that they are able to do so.

Here is a little bit of information about ‘Big Run Wolf Ranch’ directly from their website :

Big Run Wolf Ranch is a federally licensed non-profit educational facility specializing in North American wildlife. We have been licensed for approximately 35 years and doing educational lectures for approximately 30 years.

Many of the animals here at Big Run have been rescued wherein the only other alternative was euthanasia. Although we have rescued many animals, Big Run’s primary objective is conservation through education. Currently, we are unable to comfortably house any additional wildlife. With the continued generous support of the public, our facility will expand as funds allow.

John Basile, President, has held a USDA federal license and has been working with large North American predators for 35 years.

Ways to Help Big Run Wolf Ranch


We are not in need of volunteers at this time.

Community Service:

We do offer opportunities for community service. High School students can earn community service hours by working at our open houses from 8:30 – 4:30 throughout the year. There are a limited number of positions available at each open house so please contact us well in advance.

Help Big Run Grow!

Big Run depends upon public donations to continue its work. You can help! Making a donation through our secure server is fast and easy, and when we receive your donation, we will send you an acknowledgement in the mail for tax purposes.


With the GiveDirect credit card processing service, no fees are taken on your Visa or Mastercard donation. We receive 100% of your gift. A low fee of 2.85% is deducted from American Express donations.

So give with confidence. GiveDirect.

*Please note: We use a nonprofit service to process our credit card transactions. GIVEDIRECT is the name that will appear on your credit card statement – not Big Run Wolf Ranch. Using a third party helps us keep our costs low and allows us to spend more time and money on our animals and programs.

If you wish to contact Big Run Wolf Ranch you can do so by clicking HERE.

I hope you all enjoy the video as much as I did.



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