Biologists such as Adolph Murie, Gordon Haber and David Mech have studied free ranging wild wolves throughout North America for decades. Scientists have also thoroughly studied captive-born wolves since Rudolph Schenkel began his studies in the 1940s, however very little research has been done on wolfdogs. So we began a long-term Wolfdog project at Indigo Mountain in 2005 which focuses on development, social behaviors, learning, training, enrichment and nutrition. Our studies are carried out through observation and documentation and use no aversive methods or invasive procedures. It is our hope that the information gathered will help wolfdog owners gain a greater understanding of their companion animals and raise the bar in animal care and husbandry.
Shamus is part of our study pack. He is a verified 87% F4 wolfdog and is an easy going, big boy. So much so that he had to be removed from the pack when the boys began to pick on him a little bit. Rather than risk injury we moved Shamus and his sister Yepa to their own habitat where the two are thriving and get along great. They are lovingly called the Beaver Twins because of their absolute love for destructing anything wooden.