A potential love connection on St. Vincent Island

Published: Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 09:53 AM.

The wolf was in essence a trade-out of another wolf that was from the Tallahassee Museum but did not mate after introduction to St. Vincent.

“This is like an early Christmas present for St. Vincent Island,” said Trish Petrie of the Friends of St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge. “(Refuge manager) Shelly (Stiaes) is so excited.”

It is vital that a healthy number of red wolves be maintained in the wild and captivity, especially since the species has literally come under fire recently.

Nine wild red wolves have been illegally shot this year, six of them this fall.

While the public can visit St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, access and usage are limited, so the pair should be free of any human threats.

The WCC partnered with Lighthawk, a nonprofit aviation organization devoted to environmental protection, to fly the potential Romeo to the refuge to meet his potential Juliet, who is currently one of two wolves living on the island.

The other wolf, a female and the male from Tallahassee she failed to breed with will be flown back to the WCC to live with a new potential mate.



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