Bays Mountain Park mourns passing of wolf

Bays Mountain Park is sad to announce the death of one of its wolves, Takoda.

After suffering from an ear injury and subsequent infection, Takoda was euthanized last week under the care of veterinarian staff at the University of Tennessee.

“Takoda was a strong female that led the pack at the park for many years,” said Megan Krager, park manager at Bays Mountain Park. “She will be greatly missed by not only the park staff, but the community and region.”

Born in April 2014 in Sandstone, Minnesota, Takoda had lived at Bays Mountain Park since she was a small pup. Takoda led the wolf pack for many years, was known for her rambunctious nature and was well respected by the other members of her pack.

“Takoda was a strong leader from the time she was a young wolf,” said Park Naturalist Rhonda Goins. “She enjoyed howling and was always willing to put on a show for visitors. She was a good but strict leader. The kind every pack needs.”

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