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Tests confirm found pup is full-blooded wolf

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― State wildlife officials have confirmed that a puppy found in central Idaho by out-of-state campers was actually a young wolf. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says the tourists took the puppy to a veterinarian in late May after watching for an hour without seeing any signs of a wolf pack. Fish and Game officials spent several days searching for a wolf pack in the area north of Ketchum, but were unable to locate one. A DNA test confirmed the animal is a wild wolf. It has been held at Zoo Boise, where officials are compiling a list of facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums that would be suitable for the pup. Zoo officials say the pup is gaining weight and his health is improving.

Fish & Game said in a news release, "People are reminded that it is best to leave young animals in the wild alone. In the case of the pup, it is possible that the pack was moving with the pups – perhaps from a den to a rendezvous site – and may have been disturbed by traffic on the road."


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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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