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R.I.P. Mexican Gray Wolf M807

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of a special wolf.  Mexican Gray Wolf M807 passed away today.

M807 was 11 years old and called the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) home since 2009.  M807 never received the opportunity to take his rightful place on the wild landscape like his brother M806.  Nor did M807 ever sire a litter like his  bother M804.  M807, however, was still an integral part of the recovery of his rare species. For two years he and his sister, F810, resided on exhibit at the WCC to help raise awareness for his critically endangered kin and our efforts to recover them.

The handsome fellow had an unforgettable look.  He was featured in The New York Post and became the face for the “I am essential” movement.  His raw beauty helped teach people about the “experimental, nonessential” designation given to wild lobos by U.S. Fish & Wildlife, and the deadly repercussions the unfortunate label has had on the already fragile population.

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In the fall of 2013, we confirmed that his kidneys were failing.  He remained strong and spirited until earlier this week when his health declined rapidly. M807 was euthanized in the early afternoon.

“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

Our hearts go out to his mate F986, his sister F810, and those of you who M807 had unknowingly touched.

R.I.P. sweet lobo

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2 Responses to R.I.P. Mexican Gray Wolf M807

  1. Neil Ross says:

    Again, Maggie Howell cuts to the chase as she writes, “His raw beauty helped teach people about the ‘experimental, nonessential’ designation given to wild lobos by U.S. Fish & Wildlife, and the deadly repercussions the unfortunate label has had on the already fragile population.”

    In virtually all wolf states, we face legislative, scientific and ethical battles which have their precursors in history. That fact should accelerate science-based legislation and legal action which — through the preservation of wolves — rescue each of us and our children.

    Let’s do it in memory of M807, who rests tonight.

    For this, I call on legal professionals throughout the country, on advertising and public relations leaders who share dismay about the latest (now two-year) no-holds-barred assault on these keystone species, to do pro bono work to preserve these great predators for the next generation.

    Let’s do it in memory of M807 who sleeps tonight.

    I call on parents to teach their children about the critical importance of great predators, and on teachers to lobby districts to teach units on wildlife ecology and conservation in memory of all wolves — close genetic cousins of our own beloved dogs — and never, ever cower before special interests or political pressure.

    Most important, I call on every American of conscience to boycott any corporation’s goods or services if they aid or abet anti-wolf forces. Do your research and redirect every penny. Do it for the many thousands of wolves whom special interests exterminated.

    Kudos to WCC and Maggie Howell for their tireless spirit, their educational expertise and courage to stand up in an unsavory arena — to defend species which sustain life on legally sound, morally defensible ground.

    Never give up.

  2. Lexi Schultz says:

    I am a strong wolf lover and when a wolf dies a part of those who it has touched dies along with it. R.I.P little guy u forever will have a home in my heart <3

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