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Successful Tripawd Wolves!
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LaughingHi. I recently contacted an old friend of mine who works for USFWS on the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery project (Canis lupus baileyi – a genetically distinct sub species of the north american gray wolf. this sub species is native to the SW US and northern central mexico.) I emailed her because i had remembered hearing something about a wolf with 3 legs surviving in the wild. It turns out there are FIVE! Three lost legs due to trapping accidents (2/3 were not USFWS traps-one was due to a trap malfunction). Two lost their legs due to gunshot wounds. Incredibly, one of these gunshot victims actually apparently chewed her rear leg off herself and survived! They trapped her by helicopter after the fact and she was missing her hind leg and also had an injury to a front lef from a trap but was still surviving in the wild. – amazing! The one wolf who was injured in a FWS project trrap malfunction was seen trying to take down a deer all by herself! there is one pack, the Middle Fork Pack, whose two alpha leaders, both male and female are tripaws wolves!

I thought that people here woudl appreciate this info! If a wild canid can learn to hunt again and raise pups and survive on three legs, then surely one can learn to catch frisbees again, right!

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Also, the sign over my FWS friend's door says, “Wolves are very resourceful animals. All they need to survive is for people not to shoot them.”

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12 February 2009 - 3:57 pm
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unbelievable!!! 

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I know – It really did encourage me to hear her stories! I knew there was ONE wolf out there that had been released after an amputation. I had no idea that there were five and i had no idea that they managed to survive as well as they apparently have. It gives me great confidence that domestic tripawds can bounce back too!

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12 February 2009 - 7:32 pm
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Tripawd Pack Leaders! Surprised Gotta love it … thanks for sharing.

Reminds me of when Jerry met Lobo back at the ranch …

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