Changing the perception of the supposedly big bad wolf

ABC News' Lara Spencer visits a wolf conservation center to learn more about the majestic creatures.
3:51 | 09/14/17

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This is a race to save a breed of wolves from going extent. I went to an extraordinary center where hero vets and caretakers have come up with a way to help them survive. They are among the most majestic creatures that roam our land but wolves get a terrible rap. People are fearful of wolves. People in the wild, they hear the wolves howling and then there's also the conception or misconception that the wolves are killing livestock out west so a lot of the wolves become prey or are killed by us because we think -- We persecute them. In the wild they're just trying to do their job on Earth. They have an important job. It is the reason veterinarian Dr. Charles Duffy volumes his time to examine them and treat them, a breed on the brink of extinction. By the mid-1980s that haunting yet beautiful howel that could be heard in so many parts of north America was completely silenced. Deemed extinct by the U.S. Government. But today facilities like the wolf conservation center surprisingly just an hour outside of New York City safely tucked away in a fenced in forest are changing that. Maggie Howell is the center's executive director. Why is it so important to have wolves roam this planet. Everything in nature is connected and wolves is a keystone species, that keystone piece of mother nature's puzzle that holes everything in place. She's a little toddler. The center takes part in the species survival plan using captive wolves to breed pups like these who live on the center's land as if they are in the wild studied from afar by cameras and treated only when absolutely necessary. We examine her and we'll take a look at her skin, check for parasites. Make sure her eyes are Normal. What's the goal here? You'll keep her with you guys, get her adult and strong and then hopefully reintroduce her? The plan, yes, every wolf ultimately you hope for reintroduction and lives with her parents and siblings from last year so multigenerational pack and for a wolf to grow up in that situation is ideal especially for a wolf that could go back into the wild. The center working hard to change the perception of the big bad wolf. They use these four, ambassador wolves as they're called, raised by the center's staff and used to educate the public. Visitors can come howl with them or tune in to the 24/7 live stream that now has fans all over the world. But people understand that they're families are seeing their personalities, we wilding their hearts and opening up to wolves. Here, buddy. Whoa. Here you go, buddy. Go, zephyr, look at him. Wolfing down his food. That is an accurate statement. That's an accurate statement. Wolfing down his food. You are witnessing wolfing down food. Now we know where it came from. Today the center has done its part in bringing the once extinct Mexican gray wolf population to over 113 in the U.S. It's not a lot but it is a start. And it's making another expression, lone wolf hopefully a thing of the past. Wow. Only 113 and if you're in the New York area you are welcome to go see these endangered creatures in tern at the wolf conservation center open 0 the publics Tuesdays through Sunday offering a variety of program, field trip, overnights for kids and dulls to enindicate them because there are only 113 of these Mexican gray wolves left. And proceeds go somewhere. All the proceeds go to the wolf conservation center. Go in nywolf.org to help. They are powerful. You saw me with zephyr and there are. There's the big bad wolf, lone wolf and wolfing down food. So I got to see that and we will

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