The Wolf Mountain Nature Center in Smyrna is one man’s dream come to fruition through hard work, dedication and volunteer assistance. It is a place to enjoy nature and learn about wild animals
Will Pryor was raised in the Roxbury section of Boston. He found the environment there noisy with the disharmony of broken glass, fire engines, police cars, trains and other sounds with the inner city signature on them, he said.
“I wanted to live somewhere else,” Pryor said, “a very different kind of somewhere else.”
That didn’t happen for him until he was middle-aged. “Life intervened and slowed me down,” he said.
He became a father with two sons. Dreams had to be deferred. He did what he could to support his boys. He worked in factories as a machinist.
“I was a darned good one too,” Pryor said. But the time came when he had just “had it” with working in factories.
“I wanted to do what I wanted to do,” he said, pointing to the acreage and buildings surrounding him on Wolf Mountain. “I wanted this!” His sons were raised. He walked away from everything secure in his life, including medical insurance, to get it.
But, Pryor does have a college degree, earned as an adult. That degree enables him to make his living as a substitute teacher. While nurturing his teaching career along, he has also managed to make good on his wolf dream, starting the Wolf Mountain Nature Center.
The Nature Center provides homes for eight wolves, six coyotes and a pair of Arctic Foxes. But, there are many other animals that need homes, those that have been injured or that have been raised as pets by misguided humans. They could be expected to live happily on Wolf Mountain if there were enough food and other resources available to permit them to live there. Pryor says he loves feeding and maintaining his animals. But, he can’t do all the chores, run the events, buy and prepare the food and everything else all on his own.