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Wolf Conservation Center Mourns Mexican Gray Wolf M805

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of a special wolf that many of us “knew” yet rarely saw. Mexican Gray Wolf M805 passed away yesterday.

M805 was 10 years old and had called the Wolf Conservation Center home since his transfer from the Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka, MO four years ago.  In the fall of 2010, M805 was paired with Mexican wolf F837 in hopes that the couple would produce pups.  Because the entire existing Mexican wolf population is descended from just 7 founders rescued from extinction, genetic health is the primary consideration governing  reproductive pairings.  M805 and F837 had a low inbreeding coefficient thus the two were given the opportunity to breed for three consecutive years.  Although the pair failed to ever prove fruitful, M805 and F837 were still able to contribute to the Mexican wolf recovery program in other ways. Via webcam they helped a global audience understand the importance of the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program and the significance of the special wolves on our property that people are not allowed to behold.

M805′s health declined rapidly over the course of a few days.  Norwalk Veterinary Hospital’s Dr Charlie Duffy DVM confirmed he was in kidney failure. We attempted to give the listless lobo supportive therapy but he didn’t respond as we had hoped. M805 was euthanized yesterday morning.

“We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then, and have known ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes – something known only to her and to the mountain.” ~ Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

Our hearts go out to those of you who M805 had unknowingly touched.

R.I.P. M805.

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8 Responses to Wolf Conservation Center Mourns Mexican Gray Wolf M805

  1. Sherri LeBel-Kruy says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. He will truly be missed.

  2. michael nethaway says:

    Its wonderful that some of these beautiful animals have the opportunity to bless our lives.My wolfdog cosmo and i watch the wolfcams and listen to the howls.I turn up the volume and she howls with the wolfs.Very special!

  3. Rifkah Michaeli says:

    I’m devastated. M805 and F837 were my favorite wolves and I used to watch them all the time. I was also planning to “adopt” them. Now they are both gone. So sad. RIP, my beautiful couple. I’ll miss you a lot!

  4. I am so sorry. I ave been thinking of you all – we were in Phoenix talking about the Gila project and how generous and open minded you al are about wolf conservation and art. I have been following the fraught wolf situation on the ground, andChristie and I just got back from Phoenix where we presented out project at ASU. It is humbling and complex. But at the end of the line, are animals we care for and about.

    Be well, regards to all the beautiful creatures,

    Marina

  5. I am so sorry. I ave been thinking of you all – we were in Phoenix talking about the Gila project and how generous and open minded you are at the WCC about wolf conservation and art. I have been following the fraught wolf situation on the ground, It is humbling and complex. But at the end of the line, there are animals whose lives and purpose we care for and about.

    Be well, regards to all the beautiful creatures at WCC,

    Marina

  6. Jen Marks says:

    leave them alone

  7. carlalina says:

    todos los seres vivos tenemos derecho a la vida!! … toda creación de Dios debe ser respetada como tal…

  8. Annegret Allison says:

    I have just read the SAD News about the passing of gray Wolf M805. So sorry for your loss. Hope he can rest in peace now and feels much better where he is. Such a pitty that M805 and F837 never had any pups. R.I.P Wolf :( :( :(

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