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River Falls, Wisconsin

34 Acres | January 6, 1998
David and Judith Hillert, donors
Conservation Easement

The Alpha Wolf Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1998 with the donation of a conservation easement from David and Judith Hillert. As Judith Hillert explained, “I could never justify allowing our land to be torn apart, and I began to realize that we would need to find an organization to help us ensure that our land the wildlife we have come to love would always be protected.  I have been a member of The Humane Society of the United States since the late 1960s, so I was delighted to learn that the HSUS had created a land trust for the specific purpose of protecting wildlife habitat.”

Located in River Falls, Wisconsin, the Alpha Wolf Wildlife Sanctuary is 34 acres of mixed hardwood forest and former agricultural fields. An extensive area of closed forest separates the former fields with a broad area of mature trees.

  • It’s never quiet at the Alpha Wolf Wildlife Sanctuary.

It’s never quiet at the Alpha Wolf Wildlife Sanctuary. Many birds make homes here, including osprey, eagles, vultures, owls and bobolink.  And among the many animals who raise their young here are white tailed deer, gray squirrels, cottontail rabbits, coyotes, red and gray foxes and raccoons.

Although this sanctuary remains privately owned, the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust has an obligation to perform periodic inspections to ensure that the wildlife habitat remains in good condition and that the terms of the conservation easements are being met.  These inspections, and the handling of any destruction or violations, cost heavily in professional staff time, consultants, and travel expenses. In addition HSWLT needs a reserve of funds for the substantial legal fees needed if enforcement of violations involves court action.

HSWLT has promised to protect this property as sanctuary forever -- and that promise will be kept.  If you can help with the cost of stewardship for this and the other properties HSWLT protects, please donate here.

Rabbit Close-up

When Peter Cottontail arrives, do you mark the beginning of spring? Or see a voracious destroyer?

 

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