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Colorado wolf sanctuary to close at end of year

Posted: 4:37 PM, Dec 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-02 23:50:13-05
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GUFFEY — A wolf sanctuary in Colorado will be closing up shop at the end of 2019.

On Sunday, the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation (RMWF) announced on Facebook that it will be closing.

The non-profit organization was founded in 2001 by Mark Johnson and is located just outside of Guffey, Colorado. The Facebook page for the group says they are committed to the caring for and survival of wolves in as natural an environment as possible. They provide sanctuary and rehabilitation for wolves and wolfdogs who have suffered from injuries or abuse, and permanent sanctuary for those unable to be released back into the wild.

The announcement on Facebook said caring for the animals at the facility is getting to be difficult for Mark and and Catherine Johnson and so the decision was made to close the rescue at the end of December 2019.

The group said a different non-profit in the Sedalia area will receive all of the animals currently living at the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation. According to the RMWF, the non-profit where the wolves are headed will also be doing tours.

You can find out more about the wolves' new home here: Mattersville.