Dakota Zoo wolves thriving since July introductions

Published: Aug. 16, 2019 at 6:23 PM CDT
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The Dakota Zoo introduced three new wolf puppies to Bismarck on July 6: Shinook, Fang and Canyon. The pack has done a lot of growing and training since then.

Shinook, who has white fur, more than doubled in size since July, according to zookeepers, and there’s still a lot of room to grow. The other two are also happy and healthy. The zoo wants to teach people about the important role wolves play in North America's ecosystem.

“They can do things like removing deer and elk from populations and actually change the course of rivers so that they’re not overeating the growth. They’re keystone predators,” said Julie Tedrow, a zookeeper with Dakota Zoo. “There’s nothing to be scared of. They’re really neat and interesting animals.”