Monday, August 22, 2005

COM: Last original release Mx Wolf dead

Via Howling at a Waning Moon

Seven years ago, the first 11 Mexican gray wolves were reintroduced into the wild. On July 20, 2005, the last of those original lobos to roam free was accidentally killed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service three and a half weeks after she was trapped. Known as “Brunhilda” (for her large size as a pup, reminiscent of a figure in Norse mythology), wolf number 511 of the Francisco Pack died of stress and overheating during handling in captivity. Made famous by an image taken as she took her first steps of freedom in 1998, Brunhilda became a symbol of wolf recovery.

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