Maggie Howell, managing director of the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY, has a great op-ed in today’s Albuquerque Journal. She tells about her experiences raising Mexican gray wolves in captivity, and explains why it’s important to release them into the wild. (The Albuquerque Journal website is a subscription service, but you should be able to read Maggie’s story by sitting through a brief video first.)
Moonshine AF836, one of the Minnesota Girls. Photo courtesy of the Wolf Conservation Center.
” Federal agents are investigating the suspicious death of a Mexican gray wolf near Pinetop, Ariz. The female wolf was found on Jan. 19.
” It had died from a gunshot wound and was dumped along State Route 260. The wolf was part of the Moonshine Pack in the Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project in Arizona and New Mexico.
” I was devastated when I read these words. I remember the day clearly, I was sitting at my desk in the Wolf Conservation Center’s office in South Salem, N.Y., thinking, we’re two for two.
” It was roughly two months after the wolf’s release into the Arizona wilderness when the 5-year-old female was found dead. Her “name” was F836. She was beautiful. So was her sister, F838. I guess you can say that I ‘knew’ them.”
Read more: ABQJOURNAL OPINION/GUEST_COLUMNS: Mexican Gray Wolves Due Place in N.M. Wilderness