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Field Journal: Gray Wolves of Yellowstone


Tuesday, November 5, 1996

In the office
Reported by Will Waddell

There were a lot of messages on my phone when I returned from the master-plan meeting. A lot of people are interested in red wolves. I get many letters from school kids asking for information about red wolves for reports they are doing in school on wolves or endangered species. This week I will be talking to several classes at a middle school in Sequim, Washington. They have been doing a project on endangered species and habitats. On November 8, I will be talking to an English class at Pacific Lutheran University about red wolves.

I also have to catch up on some writing that has piled up while I was gone. Most of the writing I do are letters and reports. I am finishing an article about the red wolf SSP (Species Survival Plan) for a publication called The Endangered Species Update. This is due November 13.

Male number 312 is still about the same. He is eating but the vet thinks we should bring him to the zoo (from the off-site area) to keep an eye on him. We may anesthetize him to get a closer look. Sometimes it's hard to tell when a wolf is sick. It's a lot like being a detective — trying to figure out what the problem is and then using the right medicine to make it better. I looked in the studbook to see when he was born. He was born on April 27, 1987, which means he's 9 years 7 months old. That's not too old because red wolves can live 12 or 13 years.

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