GREEN BAY - The Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary has said goodbye to its lone wolf.
Mowa-sa passed away Tuesday morning at age 17. Sanctuary officials say it was because of old age.
"Seventeen years is a good long healthy life for a wolf in captivity. In the wild they die much younger than that because there's more danger," said Mike Reed, the sanctuary's director.
Reed says since 1996, this wolf exhibit has served as an important lesson for visitors.
"A lot of the reason was to educate people about the role of predators in nature and the importance as a wolf as a predator. There are also significant cultural ties with the Native American tribes here," said Reed.
The Oneida Tribe helped sponsor this exhibit. The tribe includes a wolf clan.
"Wolves have important leadership qualities," said Apache Danforth.
Danforth is a spokesperson for the Oneida Tribe. As a wolf clan member, she says she strongly supports the wildlife sanctuary's efforts.
"Sponsoring the wildlife exhibit at the sanctuary, the wolves in particular is important to our culture and our values. Being able to educate people outside of the tribe and internally as well who may not know the wolf clan and to be able to educate youth," said Danforth.
For now this area of the wildlife sanctuary will remain empty, as staff tries to find the right combination of wolves to fill it again.
"They have to be the same age and young, to be able to be compatible together," said Reed.
With wolf populations more stable in the wild today, the preservation aspect isn't as much of a need. However, both the sanctuary and tribe want to continue the tradition of educating the public about wolves for generations to come.
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