Busch Gardens Adopts Idaho Wolf Pup

June 29th, 2012 by WY Daily Staff

 

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Boise, a wolf pup recently adopted by Busch Gardens.

Busch Gardens recently adopted an 8-week-old Gray wolf pup named Boise found on an Idaho roadside.

 

 

Idaho state officials transported the male pup by airplane to the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport on June 20, where a team of wolf experts from Busch Gardens met their new charge.

According to the park, Boise is being slowly introduced to his new pack mates and will one day become part of the park’s animal ambassador team that helps teach people the important role wolves play in the wild. Once he’s acclimated, he will be introduced to park guests.

The pup was found by campers in May near the resort town of Ketchum, Idaho. They believed he was a lost domestic puppy and contacted a local veterinarian, who then contacted Idaho Fish and Game officials.

“Boise has been given a second chance at life thanks to the leadership and support of Idaho Fish and Game, Zoo Boise and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries,” said Jay Tacey, zoological manager for Busch Gardens.

The officials worked with a local zoo and confirmed through DNA testing that the pup was a Gray wolf. After unsuccessful attempts to locate the pup’s pack, Idaho officials began looking for a suitable home for the rescued animal, Busch Gardens reports.

Officials in Idaho chose Busch Gardens as Boise’s new home because of the park’s extensive experience with wolf training, husbandry and education programs. The park has 10 wolves in three different packs, including a pair of 6-week-old pups the park bought from a Montana breeder.

“Because of our 12-year experience with wolves and the fact that we already had two wolf pups at the park played a major role in the decision by Idaho state officials to choose Busch Gardens for the pup’s new home,” said Tacey.

Tacey reports that Boise took to his new pack, which consists of the two other pups and Mia, a German short-haired pointer serving as their surrogate mother. Mia is the pack leader and will make sure the pups stay submissive.

The three young ones will one day be introduced into one of the park’s mature packs.

11 Responses to Busch Gardens Adopts Idaho Wolf Pup

  1. SocraticThinker

    June 30, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    WHAT an intelligent, naturalistic program & approach to the survival of our once important eco-system!

  2. Ann Sydow

    July 1, 2012 at 11:10 am

    :-?
    This pup should have been named “Lucky” as he was very lucky to get out of Idaho alive! Idaho’s wolf hunt has slaughtered almost 400 wolves here since last August, and just ended for the summer, today. So this pup could have been legally killed, for so called “Sport” or “Recreation” from the day he was born up until today. In another two months, he would be (literally) under the gun again. And not just “the gun.” Traps, choking snares, and archery are all approved ways of killing wolves here. We probably have less than 500 wolves left here, and next wolf hunting season they are loosening their rules even further to allow for more killing. It is insane here. Ironically, this one wild wolf pup, saved out of Idaho, has been named after our capitol city of Boise, where all the wolf killing orders come from our Governor :( Believe me, “Boise” is much safer in captivity in VA than he would be in Idaho’s wildlands right now!

  3. Wolfeh

    July 1, 2012 at 11:53 am

    He wasn’t just “found on a roadside”. His mother was killed on Flat Top Ranch. Some Idahoans are also saying he should have been named after a gun (as in, he should have been shot), that he’ll grow up to kill people, and that the only wolves in Idaho should be in zoos. Makes me feel like I’m the only Idahoan who truly cares about these animals and knows enough about them to not believe the propaganda and fairytale stories that are out there. Idaho is a sad, sad state. If Virginia ever gets real wild wolves again, I really hope you won’t follow our example… To me, the future for wolves looks quite bleak.

  4. william huard

    July 1, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    It’s ironic the wolf was named BOISE. I have followed the wolf issue in the NRM since the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone in 95 96. The hysteria and hatred generated toward the wolf is shocking. Hysterical locals whining about children being unsafe, decimated game herds, and a livestock industry that takes no responsibility in protecting their property- it is easier to just kill the wolves. A wolf can be killed for even looking at cattle. The fact is clear- these people in the NRM are incapable of managing predators- and they shouldn’t be allowed to manage them. In several areas of Idaho outfitters have been killing wolf families through denning season- something that is unheard of. This pups wolf family was probably killed or poached, because wolves are great parents and they would not leave their offspring unprotected. There is no protection from a bullet.
    I urge everyone to boycott anything and everything that is made in Idaho(potatoes) and do not visit idaho because of their regressive and backward approaches to wildlife

  5. Beth Louise Wright

    July 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I am just thrilled to read this article that describes updated circumstances for Boise, AKA: Lucky. It is wonderful to read that he has wolf pups with whom to romp and a surrogate mom-pack leader as well. I am interested to learn how much space the wolves have at Busch Gardens since I have not visited there in years. THANK-YOU for providing this update and photograph of Boise! I am going to write the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game to commend them for – incredibly – saving this precious guy who somehow made it out of their state alive, not to mention in the control of Idaho Fish and Game! I urge others to send a positive note to Idaho officials as well since there is rarely a wolf act for which they can be applauded. Many howls, Boise, and I wish you romps, runs, licks and rainbows!

  6. Barb

    July 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    So glad to see “Boise” find a good home where he will grow to adulthood. Lesson learned, must leave Idaho to stay alive.

  7. carol carraturo

    July 2, 2012 at 1:32 am

    I so happy he made it out of that state but I wish you would have named him something else as Idaho has killed wolves and pups inhumanely. His parents had to be killed as no wolves ever leave their little ones. Im so glad he is alive as Idaho uses any method of killing even with pups they should never have been given management of the wolf who is an important part of the eco system and other wildlife. If he had stayed he would have been killed inhumanely like all the other pups gased bowed smashed to the ground all these things are happening in Idaho trapping snares being chased with atvs. America I hope is aware or should be. I would hope you could get another gray or more from that state before they are all killed they trap them then step on their throats to choke them omg. The delisting of the wolf was unconstitutional and illegal and will cause them to become extinct. Once you educate the people on the wolves at Busch gardens maybe they will understand that they were the first dog ever and all dogs even yours if u have one has the same blood and genes as a wolf. People should learn from the wolf not slaughter them. Our government and delisted without cruelty laws which is a sad day for the wolf. As you love this pup you will see what they truely are devoted loving caring animals Im so happy he is safe. Please put in for more pups and alpha males and females to make a pack of grays. Just wanted to make you aware of what Idaho has done and Trophy hunters who sadistically kill them. I will visit Va. just to see him for sure. He is beautiful and part of our lives as we have watched him from the time he was found. God saved one angel I hope Bush Gardens asks for more please all Idaho is interested in is money money to kill well please offer money to save and teach people about wolves. Thank you and God Bless all of you for what you have done please do more as they are our wildlife they are destroying systematically. Thank you again

  8. Carla Jo

    July 2, 2012 at 2:33 am

    :D Yay, a story of true kindness. I love wolves and would start a refuge if I could.

  9. missycoyote

    July 2, 2012 at 3:29 am

    [quote name="william huard"]It’s ironic the wolf was named BOISE. I have followed the wolf issue in the NRM since the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone in 95 96. The hysteria and hatred generated toward the wolf is shocking. Hysterical locals whining about children being unsafe, decimated game herds, and a livestock industry that takes no responsibility in protecting their property- it is easier to just kill the wolves. A wolf can be killed for even looking at cattle. The fact is clear- these people in the NRM are incapable of managing predators- and they shouldn’t be allowed to manage them. In several areas of Idaho outfitters have been killing wolf families through denning season- something that is unheard of. This pups wolf family was probably killed or poached, because wolves are great parents and they would not leave their offspring unprotected. There is no protection from a bullet.
    I urge everyone to boycott anything and everything that is made in Idaho(potatoes) and do not visit idaho because of their regressive and backward approaches to wildlife[/quote] Agreed!

  10. wesley thompson

    July 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    [quote name="missycoyote"][quote name="william huard"]It’s ironic the wolf was named BOISE. I have followed the wolf issue in the NRM since the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone in 95 96. The hysteria and hatred generated toward the wolf is shocking. Hysterical locals whining about children being unsafe, decimated game herds, and a livestock industry that takes no responsibility in protecting their property- it is easier to just kill the wolves. A wolf can be killed for even looking at cattle. The fact is clear- these people in the NRM are incapable of managing predators- and they shouldn’t be allowed to manage them. In several areas of Idaho outfitters have been killing wolf families through denning season- something that is unheard of. This pups wolf family was probably killed or poached, because wolves are great parents and they would not leave their offspring unprotected. There is no protection from a bullet.
    I urge everyone to boycott anything and everything that is made in Idaho(potatoes) and do not visit idaho because of their regressive and backward approaches to wildlife[/quote] Agreed![/quote]
    I agree with you- Anyone that can kill anything that causes them directly no harm is an abomination-Real men kill the bastards that do these devilish things- Saral Palin lifted the ‘Ban’ on killing wolves from the air in Alaska back when she was running for Office and lost much support- Soon Nibiru and Fukushima will rid this Earth of much of Her trash- When they witness Mother Nature destroying their families and friends, then they will remember the wolves-

  11. JanetElizabeth

    July 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    No, no, no. another Marine World. Will we put the remainder of the critters that we kill in zoos and beer gardens for humans to patronize and teach their children that all animals belong in captivity to entertain us? This is wrong! Why isn’t this pup in a Wolf Sanctuary? And why are sociopaths allowed to run rampant in our world killing our kindred brothers and sisters, the animals without prosecution! How much money will “Boise” bring in to Busch Gardens and the CEO’s? I am certain his family was killed by some bounty hunter in 2012. When will these morons evolve? And yes, why did they name him Boise? What a disgrace! How about Survivor of Idaho’s Redneck Hunter’s? Shame on this, he is beautiful, bless the people who saved his life, but someone dropped the ball. He needs to be taken out of their and raised with wolves where he can be at home and the laws that imprison our animals need to be implements and adhered to, protections for all creatures.

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