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Maya, of the IWC, is euthanized.

Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:37 pm
by Canidae

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Female wolf, Maya, dies at the International Wolf Center

March 1, 2011

Maya, a seven-year-old resident female wolf at the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota, was euthanized Tuesday after a veterinary determination that a compound fracture and dislocation to her left hind leg could not be repaired.

The decision to euthanize Maya was made in accordance with requirements of the USDA Animal Welfare Act and an organizational euthanasia policy approved by the Center's Vet Care Team. The Center would specifically like to thank veterinarians Stacy Skoraczewski and Peter Hughes for their immediate help at a critical time.

"This was a very difficult decision for the staff and vet care team," said Executive Director, Mary Ortiz. "Maya has been an important member of the Exhibit Pack since 2004, and she will be missed by us all."

In the past several months there have been several tests of status from the younger pack members towards the dominant male, Grizzer, but Maya has shown intense dominance control over the entire pack. The injury occurred sometime after 5 pm on Monday, when the final daily check on the wolves revealed pack dynamics to be calm.

Challenging older animals for dominance is a common behavior in wolves. Wild wolf packs are typically composed of parents and their offspring, so testing may be less intense than in captivity. The inherent rank order behavior begins as young as 13 days of age, and is often seen when older pack members begin to age and show weakness, opening an opportunity for younger animals to move up in rank.

Due to a recent cold spell, no active surveillance cameras on the pack were live to capture the specific incident that led to Maya's injury. Icy conditions in the enclosure may have been a factor, as active running animals can slip on ice creating an injury that could be viewed as a weakness. Maya did have several bite wounds apparent upon inspection, which may indicate involvement of other wolves.

In the absence of Maya, her littermate Grizzer may be vulnerable to the younger animals and has been moved to a separate enclosure where he will retire from the exhibit.

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ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL WOLF CENTER- The International Wolf Center, founded in 1985, is known worldwide as the nation's premier source for wolf education. The mission of the Center is to advance the survival of wolf populations by teaching about the wolf's life, its relationship to wildlands and the human role in its future. The Center educates through its Web site, www.wolf.org, its ambassador wolves, museum exhibits, on-site adventure and outreach programs and International Wolf magazine. Its flagship educational facility in Ely, MN, 1396 Highway 169, Ely, MN 55731. (Phone: 218-365-4695) The Center's administrative and outreach offices are at 3410 Winnetka Ave North, Minneapolis, MN 55427.
Source: http://www.wolf.org/wolves/news/2011rel ... 1_maya.asp


This simply ruined my day. She was my favorite.

Re: Maya, of the IWC, is euthanized.

Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:42 pm
by WildKid81
This is so sad... I'm going to really miss her. :cry:
R.I.P. Maya

Re: Maya, of the IWC, is euthanized.

Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:46 pm
by SolitaryHowl
Oh geeze, poor Maya! I just got the interactive Ethogram for the IWC and it's got lots of videos of Maya on it. Poor girl. :(

At least she isn't suffering anymore, though.

Re: Maya, of the IWC, is euthanized.

Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 7:13 pm
by Kivia
Noooooooo......it's like MacKenzie all over again. D=>

She was my favorite as well, probably because she was the only female at the exhibit. But, I have to agree with Solitary in that she's no longer in pain anymore.

I always wanted to see her if I ever had the chance to go to the IWC. Wait, isn't the Wolf Edventure this weekend? Oh no...

Re: Maya, of the IWC, is euthanized.

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 11:08 am
by Zarago
This is terribly sad news. She was a beautiful wolf. I'm sorry that it ruined your day Canidae.

How odd and rather horrid that she died on my birthday.

Re: Maya, of the IWC, is euthanized.

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:40 pm
by Koa
It's a shame, but they did what was best for her I believe.
I just got the chance to read the article today, so thank you.

Re: Maya, of the IWC, is euthanized.

Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:46 am
by paperpaws
That is so sad... Maya was gorgeous. Poor girl.

I hope Grizzer will be fine. >.<

Re: Maya, of the IWC, is euthanized.

Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:07 am
by moonshadowwalker
That's so sad, probably for the best but still..

Re: Maya, of the IWC, is euthanized.

Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 11:01 pm
by Miruna
Ugh, I wish it didn't have to end like that.

R.I.P. Maya.

Re: Maya, of the IWC, is euthanized.

Posted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 8:25 am
by Maia Huntress
Aw no, poor Maya. :( I'm sorry it had to end this way, but I suppose now she is out of her misery.

Goodbye, Maya.

Re: Maya, of the IWC, is euthanized.

Posted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 9:00 pm
by -Glacier-
I just saw that article yesterday, and it really upset me since she and Grizzer have always been my two favorites. :/ R.I.P. Maya.

Re: Maya, of the IWC, is euthanized.

Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:54 am
by portia
Oh dear, poor Maya. ;n;

She certainly was a beautiful wolf and will be dearly missed; it must have been a terribly hard decision for the peole involved but in the end it was for the best.

At least she will live on as a dearly remembered wolf in IWC.

Re: Maya, of the IWC, is euthanized.

Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:37 pm
by -Ratchet
Aww, poor Maya! D= She was so pretty! Rest in peace Maya, you shall be dearly missed.

Re: Maya, of the IWC, is euthanized.

Posted: Fri Mar 11, 2011 2:14 pm
by Cheyanne
Oh poor Maya! R.I.P Maya. At least now she isn't feeling any pain anymore and is in wolf heaven running free with other wolves.

Re: Maya, of the IWC, is euthanized.

Posted: Fri Mar 11, 2011 3:09 pm
by Wolf Runner1
Ohh... =( I feel really sad. She wasn't that old either... :cry: I'm sure it was the correct thing to do though. I doubt that the INWC would have made such a decision unless there was truly no other reasonable options.

May you rest in peace, knowing that you have touched many Maya.