120 Acres | May 1, 2003
Owned in Title
The Pasha Wildlife Sanctuary is an important parcel of land in establishing a greenway for wolves in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The 120 acre parcel is located near Askov, Minnesota and was purchased through a generous donation of more than $100,000 from Juliana Kickert, who was inspired to save wolves by her caring relationship with a wolf hybrid named Pasha.
The land, ideal wolf habitat because it is a mix of wetlands and forest, provides a critical corridor for wolves to roam between Minnesota and Wisconsin. It also provides a needed sanctuary for these and other wild animals because of its prohibition on recreational and commercial hunting and trapping, destructive logging practices and development. The land is adjacent to wildlife management areas and forests and is close to a state park. It will remain forever an important stepping stone between these habitats.
The acreage was dedicated as the Pasha Wildlife Sanctuary in memory of the now-deceased wolf hybrid adopted by Ms. Kickert more than a decade ago. Ms. Kickert feels it is important to stress that wolves and wolf hybrids should not customarily be kept as pets. “When I adopted Pasha I was not aware that he was a wolf hybrid. I thought he was a husky mix,” said Kickert. “He was a true companion to me, but the greatest lesson he taught me was that wolves need to be free and in the wild. That is why I helped the Wildlife Land Trust purchase this land so that it would be a permanent part of a much larger habitat for wolves.”
Currently, several wolf packs have been moving through the sanctuary and it is likely that wolves are using it as home territory.
The Humane Society of the United States opposes keeping wolves and wolf hybrids as pets. While they share some characteristics with dogs, these animals are not domesticated, and behaviors that are natural for them in the wild pose dangers to people and other companion animals in the home. In addition, their needs cannot be met in a home setting.
The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust holds the title to this sanctuary. That means HSWLT is responsible for all property taxes and maintenance costs for the property -- every year, forever. In addition periodic inspections are made to ensure that the wildlife habitat remains in good condition. These inspections, and the handling of any damage or destruction, cost heavily in professional staff time and travel expenses.
HSWLT has promised to keep this property as a 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.