Photo courtesy UWSP. The gray wolf was donated to UW-Stevens Point in 2011 by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources after it was killed in a Shawano County road accident. The wolf has helped promote understanding of the natural world and research at the university.

STEVENS POINT — Get ready for a howling good time to celebrate the return of the gray wolf mount to the Museum of Natural History at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

A free, public open house event, “Welcome Home, Wolf,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at the museum on the first floor of the Albertson Hall University Library, 900 Reserve St., Stevens Point. There will be photos of the wolf in some of the destinations he visited while on his two-month “vacation” from the museum. The mount went missing in May, and was recovered in Schmeeckle Reserve.

Free, public activities will include pin the tail on the wolf, wolf rock painting, photo ops with the guest of honor and wolf-themed crafts. Guests will also learn more about wolves in Wisconsin and can buy wolf items in the gift shop for 15 percent off.

“Every specimen the museum owns is significant, especially our gray wolf because we use him as an educational tool,” said Jenna Miskowic, Plover, a student employee who planned the event. “We are overjoyed to have our gray wolf back and decided to throw him a homecoming party to stress how important each of the specimens are to the museum.”

The gray wolf was donated to UW-Stevens Point in 2011 by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources after it was killed in a Shawano County road accident. Mounted on a mobile base with community donations, the wolf has been a popular way to promote understanding of the natural world and research at the university.

Photo courtesy UWSP.

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