Wolf Pup Found in Central Idaho!

Over the holiday weekend, some out-of-state campers visiting central Idaho found what appears to be a young wolf pup wandering alone on a road in the national forest. They took him to the Sheriff’s office, and he is now being cared for by professionals.  We’re not sure what if anything happened to the pup’s family, but our field crew is trying to locate the other wolves at this time.  I caught up with our wolf expert Suzanne Stone to learn more about this unfortunate situation.

How did you hear about this incident?

The pup was found within one of our wolf coexistence project areas, so our local partners contacted us immediately for help. We recommended that he be taken to a professional animal care facility until a longer term solution can be found. It’s still unclear at this point what happened to the pup or why he was by himself, but we’re helping Idaho Fish and Game figure out if there’s a way to return him to his family.

We did get some basic location information about where the pup was found, so I’m heading out with our head field technician to try to find the rest of the pack in the hope that he can be returned to them. Unfortunately, it has become much more difficult to track wolf activity in the last year or so since many of the collared wolves have been killed during the wolf hunting and trapping seasons. We now have very limited information about wolves in the area.

How is the pup doing?

He’s very frightened of people, and it looks like he hasn’t eaten in days. We’re trying to find some goat’s milk and bison meat to feed to him, but he really needs to be returned to his pack as soon as possible. Wolf pups are extremely vulnerable at this stage, and their chances of survival on their own are very low.

What’s next for the pup?

It’s hard to say without knowing the status of the rest of the pack. If the adults are still alive and we can find them, there’s a good chance the pup can be returned to the pack and survive. But if the adults are dead or can’t be found, then there’s no sense leaving a pup out there by himself. We might be able to find another pack to act as surrogate in another location, but there’s always a risk they will not accept the pup as one of their own.

Are there any other options?

The last resort is for him to be raised in captivity. We’d much rather see the pup survive in the wild than being fed by hand behind a fence. But captivity could be the only option if we can’t find the rest of his pack or another pack willing to adopt him.  If that’s the only option, one of the country’s top wolf rescue facilities has already offered to take and care for him.

Is there anything we can do to help?

Our top priority right now is to find the rest of the pack and see if the adults are still alive and if there are other pups. Ultimately, the decision will rest in the hands of Idaho Fish and Game, so there may be opportunities to support their efforts to save this pup. Please stay tuned as we learn about the situation…


24 Responses to “Wolf Pup Found in Central Idaho!”

  1. catherine howell

    This does NOT surprise me at all, seeing there are numerous people that have decided to murder the wolf into extinction! Hopefully, they will find its pack, but knowing how the pack takes such excellent care of their pups, his being reunited with his own pack looks really bleak. Shame on Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and the other states that allow hunting, snares, poisoning and trapping of wolves: ESPECIALLY in breeding and pup season!!!! It is sickening.

  2. Jane Heltebrake

    Do you mean to say that The Fish & Game, Butch Otter, etc., will actually save a wolf’s life!!!!!! No way should collared wolves have been shot!!!! Prayers that the pup’s pack is located. Satisfying to also learn, that an accredible Wolf Facility will take the pup, at the last resort.

  3. Kymberli

    Idaho has killed more than a fair share of wolves just since the beginning of the year and now they are going make an effort to find this pups’ pack? What’s wrong with this picture?

  4. missy

    Just like the poor, orphaned children of Dresden’s firebombing. He is more likely than not the sole survivor of Idaho’s most recent Wolf holocaust. A sad, lonely war refugee.

  5. cricket

    Really? Your unsure …? Haven’t you been reading the news of all the aerial shootings…wiping out the wolves in that area…my guess his/ her family pack is dead…they’ll probably kill him/ her too..

  6. Dr. Raven

    Come on, that cub would never be left unattended if a family member was alive. Idaho killed that family. And likely Idaho Fish and Game will kill the cub, too. There are plenty of wolf sanctuaries for the baby–even in Idaho. Poor cub. Shame on Idaho–STOP THE WOLF HUNT.

  7. Nancy M Rogan

    What a deplorable situation. Kudos to the people who found him and saved his life and godspeed to those who will search for his pack. To those humans responsible for the pup’s separation from or loss of his family, what goes around, comes around; prepare for Nature’s reckoning.

  8. Tim Bishop

    This pup is not a pure. Looks more like a hybrid.
    At any rate, this pup needs to be provided with appropriate care.

  9. Kelli Alimenti

    I truly do not believe a pack would never ever leave a baby of theirs behind, ANYWHERE OR ANY TIME, if they were alive. This baby’s family was probably, NO, most likely murdered. So sad for this innocent. Please keep him/her safe from the murderers.

  10. Lauren keshet

    There is no way in hell a pack would desert its own pups. I agree it looks part dog a little. The best this guy can hope for is to become an ambassador for the state of Idaho. So sad. Glad someone found Him though

  11. Kandie Rosales

    Hunters find wolf tracks and follow them to the dens. They wait for the parents return and kill them. Now, far back inside the den, too far for hunters to enter and claim more kills, the pups huddle in fear. Eventually, the starving pups emerge – weak, hungry and dehydrated. Some will lay narby and suffer until death comes, and some will linger while their flesh is yanked-off, piece by piece, in small eatable chunks, pecked to death by Eagles, Owls and Hawks, or some other natural garbage collector created to maintain a clean enviroment. The point is, the pup’s will suffer. Add to that list all the other animals world-wide that are dying by the hand of man who discards them as if they’re nothing.
    The endangered animal list is very long. The wolves barely regained gound and only in some places. They are still fragile and non-exsitstant in most areas. But then man can’t wait to spill blood.

  12. Andrea W

    (Volunteer with Wanagi Wolf Fund & Rescue – NM) Actually it does look high content wolf. They don’t use the term hybrid ~ there is no gene splicing. It’s wolf or wolf-dog.

    But you’re correct about the cub needing appropriate care. I wish people would learn not to tamper with nature. Now he is without his pack and his mum is without her cub. Sad.

  13. David

    Find his pack so he can be killed by the government with them? Just keep him as a feral pet, he will be just fine as long as you don’t try to domesticate him too much.

  14. Myshiloh

    Why transfer the pup to a zoo? Why not to a wolf care facility like Wolf Park (Indiana) or the International Wolf Center or others that care for wolves? A zoo is not a great place for any animal and wolf care, research and education facilities provide a safe life geared toward what is natural for the wolves. They need to exchange wolves from time to time anyway for fresh breeding lines.

  15. julie

    As i will pray for for all of you as i hope we have a happy ending to this sweet story i’m happy that these people are here to help.

  16. Patti Bays

    I only wish that people would stop killing these beautiful animals.They are part of nature and were here before any cattle,ranchers,etc.I pray that the pup gets back to his Mom and pack…he needs to be free and not behind a wire fence.As others have said Idaho probably killed the pack,but I hope not!PLEASE STOP KILLING GOD’s CREATURES…wolves,bears,mountain lions…they were here before we were and have a right to live and live free,why does man insist in killing everything that does not suit his purpose!!!!!

  17. Clint Lenard

    Unfortunately, it probably means they’re going to sell another Wolf Tag to some sadistic Trophy Hunter, but will most likely say it’s “a problem to [enter another animal that Trophy Hunters wipe out each year].”

  18. N Towle

    This little wolf pup may be the only survivor from his pack or in his area.

    Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon and Utah are doing every thing they can to “manage” their wolf populations. “Manage” turns out to mean zealously kill, poison, maim, trap via leg hold and otherwise and essentially torture these majestic sentient beings. This means denning mothers and defenseless pups too.

    Collared wolves that would help us with research and give us the best outcome for all are murdered.

    In a perfect world it would be better to leave the wolf pup to reunite with his pack. But the sad truth is in this climate, this pup may have hit the lottery being found by these campers instead of someone who would harm him or die hungry, afraid and alone, his pack gone.

    Perhaps a Sanctuary with a female hybrid or a dog that has had puppies could be a good surrogate/supply milk for this little one.
    There are some really good wolf sanctuaries around the country if that the end result.

    This wholesale killing of our wolves has to stop. It is wrong on every level.

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