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Arrived at Mission: Wolf on January 9, 2009
Lives with McKinley
Texx we believe was born in January 2005 and sold to a family as a pet in Texas. We do not know much about his past but it is likely that he was privately owned and either let loose or escaped from his home. He was discovered running loose in a suburban area in Texas. He learned to go to various backyards at night and scavenge dog food to survive. When he was young not too many people paid attention, but as his presence and size became more noticeable, so did the neighbors concern for their safety.
Texx was at high risk to be shot and a concerned neighbor that understood wolf-dog behavior stepped up to help. She and her husband managed to set up a clever scheme to catch him before neighbors shot him. She discovered while she walked her dog that Texx would sneak into her dogs run while they were away and eat the dog food. The fence was short so first they built a wire mesh top over the feeding area. Armed with a 100ft. rope she set up a way to close the gate from a distance where Texx could not see her. When her dog left for a walk sure enough – here came Texx. Only this time when he started to eat all of a sudden the gate swung shut and he was trapped. His instinct to jump out was foiled by the mesh top.
They were able to get Texx into a huge airline carrier and loaded him up in the back of their little truck. They arrived at Mission Wolf in a snowstorm with deep drifts, With some patience and lots of shovels and chains we finally got Texx up to the refuge and took him down to investigate his new home.
Texx was very timid and was not sure what to think of life in the mountains but within weeks of his arrival he soon warmed up to his new home and we were able to introduce him to a female named McKinley. McKinley is not as timid as Texx and has offered him a lot of comfort and companionship. Texx has settled into life at the refuge and spends a lot of time exploring his enclosure and playing with his girl. McKinley is dominant over him and keeps him in line at dinnertime. The two together look like twins.