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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 his transfer to New York  in 2009.  M807 never received the opportunity to take his rightful place on the wild landscape like brother and litter-mate M806.  Nor did M807 ever sire a litter like his other 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.

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. M807