Akron, here I come! Remember last year’s meeting? Click here to learn more about the SSP meeting. More news when I return.
I cannot wait to see their red wolf exhibit at the Grizzly Ridge Exhibit area.
There’s lots of great information – you can even learn about us :).
The red wolf SSP meeting took place the end of July. About 20 folks from institutions that house red wolves were able to make it to the meeting. Becky Bartel, the Assistant Coordinator of the Red Wolf Re3cvoery Program wrote a great post on their Blog about the meeting. I highly recommend checking out their blog ( http://trackthepack.blogspot.com) for information about the red wolf recovery program and the red wolves that roam free in the wild.
Our two wolves- 1414 & 1287 – will be here again for next breeding season.
We’re really hoping for some puppies as this is really the last chance female 1287 has as she is just about over-the-hill.
Will Waddell makes bets, or bargains, or threats… every year. He’ll do something crazy if a certain pairing of wolves has puppies. This year it’s our pair:
I get sent the red wolf quarterly report from USFWS. Here’s the link to the most recent report:
Check out the first Red Wolf quarterly report from USFWS for 2013:
In May we reported about the NCWRC law to allow for coyote hunting at night. It’s been more of a struggle for red wolves since then.
Here’s another article on another red wolf shot: click here.
I drove almost 1000 miles last week to get our new male wolf, 1414. He’s 7 years old, over 70 pounds, and he’s sired pups for the past three years at the Miller Park Zoo. We’re hoping that he and our female (1287) will have pups together this spring. We’ll share photos of him soon.
Our male red wolf, 1369, heads out on Tuesday to his new home. I drove him to the Museum from NY and welcomed him just about 4 years ago and now it’s time to say goodbye. It’s a sad, busy, and exciting time getting him ready to head west. He’ll live in Tacoma, WA- the place I call red wolf headquarters. There is a large red wolf holding facility behind-the-scenes at Northwest Trek.
Aaron and I will be spending about 16 hours together in a vehicle getting this wolf on his way (the wolf is flying out of Atlanta so he can travel nonstop). The keepers are wondering what kind of singing will take place with Aaron and I trapped together for so long. (Maybe we’ll record something for everyone to hear).
Ranger Greg got this awesome photo of the wolf hanging out on the side of the cliff. This is how I will try to remember him
And more bad news for red wolves
I feel like such a downer, but I think you should know that a bill being proposed in the senate would have grave effects for red wolves. Head over to the red wolf coalition website for more info on bill SA 2315 of the Farm Bill. There might be wonderful parts of this Farm Bill for many different constituents, but for red wolves, not-so-much.