I have long contended that these animals are suicidal.
kills wolf that escaped zoo
March 9, 2004
killed by a train in Vicksburg has turned out to be the missing
Mexican gray wolf that escaped Jan. 3 from Binder Park Zoo in Battle
Creek, zoo officials said Monday.
said they were notified by a Vicksburg resident that an animal
resembling the wolf had been struck by a train. The body was taken to
the zoo, where the identification was made.
all in shock at this such heartbreaking news," Greg Geise, Binder
Park Zoo president, said in a statement released to the media.
The wolf, a
21-month-old named Apache, was one of three that escaped their
enclosure through a small hole they had stretched in their chain-link
fence at the zoo. Two wolves were quickly recaptured, but Apache
scaled the zoo's 9-foot perimeter fence and ventured off zoo grounds.
launched an intense recovery effort, using police helicopters and
bringing in expert wolf trackers from the Upper Pennisula.
The site where
the wolf was killed was about 20 miles southwest of the zoo.
wolves are one of the rarest animals in the world. A captive breeding
program was begun in 1979 with the goal of reestablishing Mexican
wolves in the wild.