Amid the northern Colorado wildfire disaster, a more intimate drama is now playing out: Some wolves in a mountain rescue center and shelter were evacuated, while others were left behind.
Fans of Wolf Sanctuary have been waiting to hear the fate of those animals left to weather the wildfire.
"They were sheltered appropriately," John Schulz, public information officer for the Larimer County sheriff's department told The Times on Monday, "but that area's totally closed off right now."
As of Sunday, volunteers had removed 11 of the animals and were hoping the 19 left at the sanctuary would hide out in underground concrete bunkers called "fire dens," according to the Associated Press.
The evacuated wolves were taken to kennels in Larimer County.
The sanctuary is on more than 180 acres in the Rocky Mountains, about 20 miles northwest of Fort Collins, Colo., according to the website.