Monday, October 7, 1996
Phone calls and paperwork
Friday, I spent all day in the office. I restocked our equipment kits after the visit to the acclimation pen and answered phone calls. We used syringes to give the pups vaccinations and I put new disposable syringes in the kits for next time. The radio-collars we put on the wolves weighed about half a pound and the batteries should last for three years.
Later in the day I worked on a presentation I'm going to give at a wolf meeting in Albany, New York, during November. This meeting is being organized by the Defenders of the Wildlife and more than 500 people will attend. I should do OK if I prepare in advance and practice my talk. I will give a report about the progress of the wolf restoration in Yellowstone. (The population is now 52 in 7 packs. Forty are free-ranging and 12 are in acclimation pens.) Other people will report on the red wolves and the Mexican wolves. Conferences give us a chance to meet with colleagues, zoo professionals, and people who love wolves.
I also spent a lot of time on the phone. When I'm in
the office I spend a lot of my time talking to journalists
that are writing stories about the wolves. Many magazines
and newspapers have written stories about the wolves.
I am pleased with their interest because I know it
is the stories they write that keep the American public
informed about the wolves. But I don't much like talking
on the telephone. I would rather be in the field watching
the wolves. Oh well, some days are more fun than others.