Little Wolf Pup Going to Captive Home and I’m Not Sorry…

Wolf pup found by campers in Idaho (Photo Courtesy Idaho Mountain Express)

It sounds like a warm and fuzzy story. A little wolf was  found by campers in Idaho. Thinking he was a dog pup, his rescuers took him to a vet for a check-up,  were it was discovered this was canis lupus and not canis lupus familiaris. A search then ensued to find the  little guy’s  family.

Of course  wolf pups belong with their families but not in Idaho. This little pup has  no future there and until wolves are relisted and once again protected under the ESA, I don’t see any reason to return him to the nightmare of Idaho. His chances of surviving the coming 2012 wolf hunt are pretty slim. Wolf pup mortality is high as  a matter of course, throw in the hate and evil directed at innocent wolves in the state, there is only one conclusion, this pup is better off in captivity.

I never imagined myself saying this three years ago but who knew how depraved the situation would become? As I type this, pups just like him,  are fair game in Idaho’s  Selway and Lolo zones, where the hunt continues through June 2012. They can be killed along with their parents and pack-mates, so to pretend reuniting him with his family would result in a happy ending, is an exercise in denial.

I found it highly hypocritical that  IDFG is searching for captive sites for this pup when they are allowing hunters to kill wolf pups  in another areas of the state.

So fair well sweet boy, you could have had a normal life as a wild wolf but the circumstances in Idaho are so detrimental to wolves you will at least be able to survive in captivity, which although it’s  not ideal at least it’s safe. Sadly you’ll never experience a hunt, or see your parents again or start a family of your own, I wish things were different.  In a perfect world you would have found your family and lived happily ever after but Idaho is one of the worst places on earth for wolves and the campers who  found you saved your young life.


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Options close for found wolf pup

Fish and Game searching for captive sites

Express Staff Writer

A wolf pup found near Ketchum on Memorial Day weekend is recovering at Zoo Boise as a wolf advocacy group searches for its pack and state wildlife officials search for options for captivity.



Wolf pup photo: Courtesy IDFG

Posted in: Wolf Wars, gray wolf

Tags: rescued wolf pup, Idaho. IDFG, wolves not safe in Idaho, Boise Zoo, Lolo, Selway

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  1. at least this little guy is going to hopefully be safe in his new environment. humans are the most disgusting animal walking the face of the earth. they have done nothing but to destroy it without regard for other living things. arrogance and ignorance seem to rule and it is always those most vulnerable, are hurt the most.

  2. as long as it takes until they are not hunted any more i will be their voice

    • Not all humans thank heaven, only the cabal illuminati and their minions are the ones responsible for all the horrendous disrespect
      for fauna, flora, Gaia and the good humans. Such soon shall end.
      Blessed you be for your determined assistance for those that cannot help themselves.

  3. sadly you are right… this does appear to be his only option for survival… perhaps his future will be brighter in the years to come with human awareness of their place in the natural world growing…

  4. Thanks for the update, I was praying IDGF wouldn’t kill him under their ‘auspices’.

    Furthering a post suggesting petitions be sent to the UN, since our government is so corrupted.

    1820 Montreaux Switzerland
    Tel: +41-21-964-37-37
    Fax + 41-21-964-57-36

    They have a Protection Comittee & The International Court of Animal Rights

    We can also send a petition to: European Parliament,Presidency of the E.U Council of Ministries,President of the E.U commission,Council of Europe,Unesco,World Heatlh Org among others.

    • Yes please send petitions to the above to stop such repugnant
      behaviour of USA corrupted officials. No nation should be allowed
      to exterminate animals in such barbaric ways. For pity’s sake this is
      2012!!! As much as I want to think like a forgiving person because
      I strive to be a very good human being, I cannot help but wish the
      very worst to the culprits of wolves torture and murder!!!

  5. None of us will ever know whether the wolf pup is better off living in a enclosure or facing the odds against his kind in Idaho. Something upset the pup’s mother that Saturday morning. Residents in the area heard wolves howl-barking. The weather was like a monsoon, maybe the den was flooded, maybe other animals or even humans caused the mother wolf to try and flee with her pups. One was left. If I had a wish, it would be that this unfortunate situation had a positive ending. Perhaps the shy pup can become an ambassador wolf and help to educate people, especially youngsters, about wolves.

    • I like what you said about education… maybe, oh maybe something will come of it in time… Humans are so inhumane!!!

      • Look up WCC, the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem NY

  6. This whole situation is so damn sad. We save a species from extinction only to reopen them to hunting and trapping, leaving them with only captivity to survive. This is not the way they are meant to live. Zoos are not our creators intention for all species except humans. It creates such a limited number of any species, that all the genetic weaknesses compound themselves, thus insuring the eventuality of demise in every wild creature. Wake up humanity before you distroy every living thing on this earth, thus insuring humans own demise!!

    • Hi Marilyn, I couldn’t agree with you more. It was reality stated in a very honest, upfront and (unfortunately) accurate portrayal, of what exists, and where we are headed. Our unified passion and love for these magnificent creatures will always drive us forward with optimism and determination.

  7. Reblogged this on Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife.

  8. I hope somebody is watching where IDFG places him.

  9. So very sad. To keep such a beautiful, wild, free spirit in captivity to save its life… Just so sad.

  10. it’s very sad but i am glad he is alive and hope he will get a lot of love

  11. I’m SO Happy for this little guy .. as long as he’s safe and get a lot
    of love, I’m happy ..

  12. It is hard to see him go to captivity rather than be reunited with his family. I have to agree I am happy to see it rather than be returned to the wild in Idaho. They are so kill happy. It seems like each state which hunts (i.e. Alaska for one) is trying to see who can have the record for the worst way to wipe out wolves. It is so sad and disgusting, our government has sold out our environment and its inhabitants. A change in party will not be any better and possibly worse.

    Science has been left out and soon the elk will be dying of disease since there is no one left to cull the herds as intended. There is so much evidence to show the benefits and the increase in interest due to tourism. This is such a sad state of affairs. How can we reach such self interests?

  13. How horribly heart wrenching. I pray that where he goes is a place that is set up very much like the wild and has a pack with an alpha female that will take him in as her own. I never heard of a mother wolf leaving any one of her pups behind. True, anything is possible, but if none of the pack was spotted, I fear the worst, and the pup is the only survivor. I do wish they could relocate what wolves are left in Idaho, but to where, I don’t know, and knowing them, they’d probably travel until they reached home….which is death for them. I pray that this beautiful little fellow will find a family with brothers and sisters and a lot of love.

  14. It is sad. But this is because of the Sports hunters, Ranchers, Politicians and the Fish,Game and Wildlife service. These people are wanting the Wolves killed and this is a crime towards nature and our environment.
    Please let your facebook friends know about this.

  15. At this point, all we can hope for is a caring, loving home for this little guy. I will be thinking good thoughts for him.

  16. I’m glad he is going to a sanctuary. While wolves are meant to live in the wild, living in the wild is often difficult, especially when there are traps and snares and eager hunters waiting.

  17. It is the wisest thing to do….not thw happy ending we would wish for all our wolves, certainly, but a least he is protected from the hell that Idaho has become for wolves…I’m so sad about his rights to learn in the Nabeki said, he’ll never experience a hunt or maybe never raise his own pups or find a mate that will be forever loyal to him…It’s hard to think how can this happen in this twisted world, but the sad truth is that it does happen, and more frequently than many of us want to think, because of the fact that we feel sick whenever we hear so sad events like this…..

  18. In an ideal world one could live free with the wolves and all animals we are all of the creators making and for man to kill for sport is the same as murder and should be addressed that way. However we do not live in an ideal world and it is getting worse be the day. I”m glad the little wolf cub will find a loving home even in captivity they are with other wolves and most habitats try to make there home as much like being in the wild as possible. I know its not the same as being free to run but at least we can keep them safe and not let the species be completely destroyed. When are these ? running our country ever going to figure out that wolves are a necessity to our eco system as all creatures of nature are.

  19. they are watching at lil pup made sure to stay away from the brutally Idaho and the West states who are those people wolf hunts and the other side hear us the wolves voice! I wonder how long going to take on delisting or depend on the Congress bills or term?

  20. Why did noone contact WERC?!! They are in Idaho and Oregon! They’d do a TERRIFIC job with this little guy!

  21. The empire of corporations are out to kill the planet. It is really that simple.

    Please write in Ron Paul this Nov. with the intention of restoring the constitution, our ability to demonstrate, and challenge corruption in our government without threats by security agencies. Although it appears our elections are an expensive clown show, I suggest we should engage in demanding the elections be re-counted and make a stand for voter rights.

    Was contemplating when RMEF might realize they were duped into paying 51K to DOI for supporting wolf-kills. Seems they don’t get the land grab intention of the GOP/RNC. This link is Romney’s plan and you know he is the intended new GOP puppet.

    ” Romney’s Energy Plan Includes Drilling ‘Virtually Every Part’ Of U.S., No Protections For Nat…

    When will RMEF wake up? What is free reign drilling and fracking going to do to elk habitat? They were used by the bigOil Corporations when paid to post that Predator Extreme anti-wolf campaign.

    Everyone looses in this scheme – elk, wolves, all wildlife, our children and grandchildren, and all beings across the planet. All beings loose …except the ‘personhoods’ of corporations, the unknown faces who drive puppets like Omab-ney. Resist. For the wolves, for yourself.

    • Thank you Greta! For so long I have been sadly thinking mine was the only voice crying out in the wilderness about this nightmare situation. The connection between fracking and ridding our lands of wildlife is so clear: A simple way of removing human sentiment about our vanishing natural resources. I am grateful to you for speaking out about this too.

  22. Please please do not neuter this pup. In several wolf conservation locations in the US, wolves are being responsibly bred so that, as you say Nabeki, some day the species will return and thrive. The pairings occur under the most natural possible circumstances but are carefully planned with regard to the genetic makeup of the animals involved, to strengthen each line. I do not understand why proactive volunteers have not done mass rescues, since the issue of ownership is moot; we taxpayers must surely “own” our wolves if anyone does. The government has long since forfeited its rights in that department.

    In the long run the few breeding wolves living in conservation centers may fare better than the humans who are killing wild wolves in the west: these same humans are also sacrificing their own habitats by eagerly permitting fracking for natural gas, a doomsday technology likely to leave their lands and waters poisoned for many future generations.

  23. Maybe this beautiful little boy was saved for a reason….

  24. Great Story.. needs to be reguarded as special and Protected some states band wolves so the people need to get a really good vet to protect the animal. IF he goes to a WOlf rescue he will not get the interaction being given to him as a pet.. with the family. HOpe they educate themselves fully on the wonderful specialness of this gift of this little guy. His family was no doubt slaughtered IF GAME AND FIsh took him they would put him to sleep of kill him.. so YES THANKS to WHOmever got him and protect his well being A GIFT Of a LIFETIME and very special Message for the rest of US. IF anyone finds a pup get it and PROtect it until hopefully this NIGHTMare of Slaughter can come to an END in THE NEAR FUture.. THANKS FOR THis story.

  25. Extract from ‘The Wolf’s Tooth’, ‘Keystone Predators, Trophic Cascades and Biodiversity’,
    By Cristina Eisenberg.

    ‘At dawn one spring I sat cross-legged on the ground with my field crew under some scorched aspens, remnants of a 1998 wildfire, on the edge of a large wet meadow in Glacier national Park. This meadow was located in the North Fork, which had a very high density of wolves, one some biologists believed to be at carrying capacity. Mist fingered the meadow, lending an ethereal quality to the landscape. I was doing a point count, which involved recording all the birds I detected visually or by song during a high, medium, and low wolf density. We sat in silence, almost perfectly still, to avoid disturbing the birds. This peaceful time in the rosy dawn light afforded me the opportunity to witness wildlife interactions seldom observed by humans.
    The birds had been active that morning, some of them species of special concern: olive-sided flycatcher, black-backed woodpecker, American redstart. A neon flock of mountain bluebirds flicked through the meadow, gleaning insects from the air. From the willows came the lilting melodies of six warbler species. Beneath their songs I detected four kinds of flycatcher, and three woodpecker species providing a rhythm track with their staccato drums and high pitched jungle bird cries. Some of these species were declining throughout their range because of human modification of ecosystems. Here the web of life thrummed like a symphony, with all the players present.
    Sudden movement erupted from the western end of the meadow. In the luminous dawn light I made out a female moose, running the way animals do when fleeing for their lives, legs fully extended, like those of a racehorse. Across the meadow from us my daughter Bianca, who was part of my field crew that morning, pointed out two pale grey shapes highlighted by the rising sun. Wolves chasing the moose in calving season. The moose cow neared, becoming very aggressive when she spotted us. She began to spin, buck, and snort, close enough that we could see the whites of her eyes, flecks of foam on her muzzle, and her fear-erected nape hairs. The wolves had probably taken her calf and were now after her. To make matters worse, she had been planning to escape by running to the edge of the meadow, only to find us in her path, a researcher with an aluminium clipboard and three filed technicians, all sitting there stunned.
    She began to swing her legs. I recalled accounts of moose killing humans with their hooves. She could be on top of us in seconds, and there was nothing we could do. The spindly aspens provided no cover against an enraged mother who stood six feet tall at the shoulder. As I considered our predicament, she abruptly bolted, vanishing into the aspens at the meadow’s eastern end, the wolves closing in. The birds resumed their songs. We sat there, hearts beating hard, understanding clearly that there were primal forces beyond our human ability to control, and survival and predation were everything.
    Months later, my data for this amazing location in the North Fork revealed many more songbird species than had been present at my research site on the eastern side of Glacier national Park., which has a very low wolf population. Even after accounting for all possible influences, wolves appeared to be driving this effect by indirectly creating bird habitat. And the story of that calf’s death and the moose mother’s grief dramatized my results; keystone predation was shaping so much of the pattern at this site, even the rich layers of birdsong.’


    I think at some point in her book Cristina writes about the ‘trophic cascades’ the interdependence of species upon each other, and how ‘top down’ predators, like the wolf, or a shark, a whales, otters even, can have an enormous, even apparently a disproportionate effect on the wildlife they co-exist with and how if you remove these predators, the system such as it is, can break down and how in our ignorance this has been the pattern of much of our behaviour this past few hundred years, some believe since the agricultural revolution.
    It’s as though an ‘unseen’ hand moves through life, virtually unseen, invisible keeping the ‘balance of life’ in check and we have been biting the hand that feeds us and the hand will withdraw itself if we inflict too much pain.
    To hear an interview and see Cristina in interviews, go to ‘You Tube’ type in Cristina Eisenberg.

  26. Still wish I knew what gives us the right to determine what animals get to live their god given lives out and who doesn’t. Just because we have thumbs? Are you kidding?

  27. es verdad ella tiene que estar en su abital natural pero si es por el bien de ella bien que dios de fuerzas y bendiga a la cachorra y a quienes la encontraron

  28. What a beautiful little pup!

  29. Glad this little one can live! Horrid to think of these pups being killed

  30. While we are admiring and philosophizing over the luck or lack of luck of this awesome wolf cub, the slaughter of hundreds of wolves is pretty much finalized in Wisconsin. It is gruesome and has no place in a country that insists on calling itself civilized and advanced in all aspects of life. The plan is available at:,

    I particularly like this paragraph:

    “What was very clear from the beginning was that the provisions in Act 169 are nonnegotiable. Barring a lawsuit or an injunction preventing this fall’s wolf harvest, the public has no options for changing the statutory provisions.”

    Any thoughts, any ideas what can be done?

  31. What a sweet baby. My heart goes out to this little one as he floats in a limbo between ‘living’ and being alive. I wish he could understand that he would be safer in captivity than in the wild right now (which hurts to say). Here’s to hoping this hell ends and he can hunt free one day.

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