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Wolf Conservation Center Mourns Mexican Wolf F837

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of a special wolf that many of us “knew.” Mexican Gray Wolf F837 passed away earlier today.  We won’t know the cause of her death until a necropsy is performed.

The Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) was first introduced to F837 in November of 2004 when she and her three sisters were transferred from the Minnesota Zooogical Garden to the WCC as yearlings. Our Center was selected to care for these wolves as a participant in the Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan. We had the enclosure space available and the luxury of allowing them to reside off exhibit in a natural environment with minimal human contact. Although the wolves are identified by alphanumeric labels – F836, F837, F838, and F839, we called the sisters “the Minnesota Girls.”

F837 outlived her three litter mates.  F836 and F838 were given the gift of freedom but sadly their lives in the wild were cut short by poachers in 2006 and 2008. F839 died suddenly a few years back of cardiac arrest. After the loss of her sisters, F837 was introduced to Mexican wolf M805. They met during the fall of 2010 and although they never proved fruitful, the pair was well bonded.

F837 in March 2013

Like most of our Mexican wolves, the pair resided off-exhibit in a natural environment where these most elusive creatures can reside with minimal human contact. Thanks to our WildEarthTV webcams, however, a global audience was able to watch the beautiful couple in real time. Mexican wolves M805 and F837 had a growing group of fans, webcam-watchers enjoyed tuning in to observe M805′s lack of table manners (he never believed in “ladies first” when food was concerned…) and to behold the beautiful F837 bask in the sun in her favorite spot upon the wooden platform.

F837 would have been 10 years old on May 19th.  Our hearts go out to her mate and those of you who F837 had unknowingly touched.

RIP F837.

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11 Responses to Wolf Conservation Center Mourns Mexican Wolf F837

  1. Mary Wisdom-House says:

    My heart is on the ground from this great loss. My prayers are with all of you wonderful people that love them so much and for her precious mate M805.

  2. Be at Peace, Beautiful lady. Guide those you leave behind and intercede on their behalf. So that they flourish and be able to live as Nature in her wisdom intended.

  3. Jean Ossorio says:

    I’ll miss her. ^..^

  4. Jean Ossorio says:

    I’ll miss her! ^..^

  5. Marcela says:

    I always imagine when I die, a pack of wolves and dogs will be the ones coming to fetch me, and I will leave as happy as can be. Now F837 will be among them.

  6. martin cisneros says:

    thank you for taking good care of these animals,F 837 was as happy as could be and lived a loved life, that is to say SHE knew love….peace

    • Stokey says:

      A great pleasure to read this blog, clkiecd on your link and looks like I am in for a great visual/verbal experience, you certainly have a beautiful passion for the Wolf and your enthusiasm is contagiousCheersAussie Emu aka Ian

  7. Henry Mobley says:

    It makes me sad about the death of this beautiful wolf. Growing up in NC and spending a lot of time in the mountains, I came to respect all animals. I love watching all of nature in their natural habitat.

  8. Dawson S. says:

    I will definitely miss her, I was looking forward to watching the pair raising their pups. F837 will be missed.

  9. golda wolf says:

    I also echo the thoughts of being welcomed into my eternal home by my beloved pets who have gone before me
    one was a Mexican grey. I feel your pain. God bless for taking care of her.

  10. I’m new to WCC, but I at least had a few months of watching F837 and M805. I will miss her and hope she was greeted by her sisters on the other side of the bridge. I worry a bit about M805 and how he will handle this loss. Be in peace F837 and know that you changed my life even though I never met you.

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