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I have long contended that these animals are suicidal.



Train kills wolf that escaped zoo

Tuesday, March 9, 2004


Kalamazoo Gazette

Gazette Staff Reports

An animal 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.

Zoo officials 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.

"We are 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.

Zoo staff 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.

Mexican gray 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.


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