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State Fair reveals good side of big, bad wolves

Register-Herald photo by Rick Barbero Sharon Sandlofer performs with her wolves at the State Fair of West Virgina. The show demonstrates the natural behaviors of the wolves, their alertness, pack structure, ability in climbing, jumping and more.

Register-Herald photo by Rick Barbero
Sharon Sandlofer performs with her wolves at the State Fair of West Virgina. The show demonstrates the natural behaviors of the wolves, their alertness, pack structure, ability in climbing, jumping and more.

FAIRLEA, W.Va. — With children learning popular stories like “The Three Little Pigs” and “Little Red Riding Hood” at an early age, it’s no wonder wolves have gotten a bad rep.

In each story and in countless others, they are portrayed one way and one way only. They are “the big bad wolf.”

 That’s not the impression the large crowds who have filled the seats and grassy area at the West Virginia State Fair’s Wolves of the World show have left with, however.

After watching and listening to show owner, animal trainer, rescuer and animal rights supporter Sharon Sandlofer and her eight wolves, audience members have left with smiles and a newly found appreciation for the often misunderstood animal.

“I got some good information out of it,” said Tewon Turner, 17, of Sinks Grove in Monroe County. “You only hear that wolves attack people, but that’s not true. They’re really shy animals.”

The show, which offers a mix of education and entertainment, begins with general information about wolves.

Sandlofer explains to the crowd that the wolves, which live on every continent except Antarctica, have been hunted to near extinction…

 

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