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Pack of timber wolves the talk of L.A. suburban neighborhood

June 17, 2010 |  8:33 am

He's a wolf man

Taylor Lautner of "Twilight" isn't the only wolf in Hollywood.

A pack of 10 of them live behind a white picket fence in Valley Village, where a couple of animal lovers are crusading to help what they call nature's most misunderstood creature.

Seven of the animals are pups, born in late May to a 6-year-old Alaskan timber wolf and her brawny mate.

"We want to educate people, especially children, so they can coexist with wildlife," said Paul Pondella, a tree surgeon who rescued his first wolf 21 years ago from the mountains above Glendale. "Wolves are the closest thing to man in terms of community."

But the animals have historically gotten a bad rap, said Colette Duvall, an actress and writer who was introduced to wolves by Pondella. "Some people associate wolves with evil. A lot of misconceptions have been passed down to people over the ages."

Read the full story about the San Fernando Valley wolf pack.

-- Bob Pool in Valley Village

Photos: Paul Pondella plays with Takoda (also seen below), the alpha male in his wolf pack, as his partner, Colette Duvall, looks on. The couple have three adult wolves and seven pups. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times