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
By KATHERINE WUTZ
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