Mexican Wolf Biography #5
Tanamara’s youthful charms apparently inspired Santa Ana. The pair mated, Tanamara conceived, and about two months later she delivered her first litter of three pups. Perhaps because she was a first-time mom, she lost two of the three pups within a few days. Concerned that Santa Ana’s valuable genes would be lost forever, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service allowed Wild Canid director Susan Lyndaker Lindsey, who had experience in hand-raising wolf pups, to remove the surviving female, Anna, from her mother temporarily. She bottle-fed Anna for a few days, and soon the growing pup was returned to her mother’s care.
Francisco (M60), who by this time had lost his long-time mate, Sheila (F37), became foster father to little Anna, and to another young pup, M681, known as Rocky, who had been removed from the wild on June 10. Santa Ana, in poor health for over a year, died on July 26, 2001. His legacy lives on in Anna and her many pups.