Mexican Wolf puppies doing well in the wild

EUREKA, MO (KPLR) - It`s a pup placement that`s pleasing the folks at the Endangered Wolf Center.

'Puppies that were born here, we put them into a wild litter have survived and are doing great with their new packs out in the wild,' says Regina Mossotti, Director Animal Care Endangered Wolf Center.

We first told you last spring about four Mexican Wolf puppies named Lindbergh, Linda, Vida, and Volaria from two different litters at the endangered wolf center taken to Arizona and New Mexico and placed into dens in the wild.

Working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Arizona Game and Fish Department, the follow-up is good news for the five month old puppiess.

'Wolves are naturally shy out in the wild,' says Mossotti.  'So for biologists to get eyes on them and see how the puppies are doing is very very tough.  So, they were actually able to see that two of the puppies that were fostered into the wild are doing great.  Doesn`t mean the other ones aren`t it`s just that they happened to see those puppies.'

The Endangered Wolf Center was part of the first ever foster of puppies born in a captive facility and put into wild litters.

'So wolves are naturally very nurturing,' says Mossotti.  'They really want to take care of their puppies and the old adage is that wolves can`t count.  So, we put a few extra in there.  But honestly I think it`s because they`re really caring.'

Wednesday dad Mack, mom Vera and brother and Sister Maggie and Tulio were taking in an afternoon rain shower while their siblings are getting settled in with their new homes in the wild.

'Fostering is a very complicated process,' says Mossotti.  'Where the Mexican Wolves live in Arizona and New Mexico is very mountainous alpine areas, it`s tough to get to their dens.  And then on top of that to be able to do a fostering, the pups in our center and the pups out in the wild have to be born within just a few days of each other.'

And it only took a plane ride, a car ride and a strenuous hike to place some pups in the wild and into their habitat.

Which might save these large carnivores and keep an ecosystem healthy and balanced.

There will be a screening of the documentary Red Wolf Revival at the science center November 10th.  It`s a collaborative effort between both organizations brought about by the dire status of Red Wolves.

More information can be found here.