Wolf visits Binghamton University

By Erika Mahoney

September 15, 2013 Updated Sep 17, 2013 at 12:06 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A special guest stopped at Binghamton University Sunday afternoon: Atka the wolf.

The Wolf Conservation Center in Salem, N.Y., took the three-hour trip to share Atka with interested students.

The executive director of the organization said Atka is comfortable around people and therefore a great teacher.

Students learned about the role of wolves in the wild. They also learned about the challenges they face in the United States.  

"Right now there is a very damaging proposal from U.S. Fish and Wildlife to remove endangered species protections from all gray wolves in the lower 48 states, with the exception of the critically endangered Lobo Wolf, " Executive Director Maggie Howell said. "And I asked them (students) to submit comments and I hope they will because I just think hearing from their generation is really important. "

Atka played around outside in front of the students, eating an orange and rolling in the grass.

Senior Douglas Heigl said the visit was a rare opportunity.

"It was fun, it was also really educational," said Heigl. "I found out a lot about how wolves are still an endangered species and need to be saved."


For more information on the Wolf Conservation Center, click here.