The wolf pup that tourists near Ketchum mistook for an abandoned puppy and brought to a local vet left Boise this morning and is on its way to a new home: Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va., which has nine wolves, including two other pups that are six weeks old. That's also where the National Zoo, which is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, sends its staff to receive captive wolf training.
After DNA tests confirmed the pup was a wild wolf, and Fish & Game officials were unable to track down its pack to return it to the wild despite extensive efforts, the pup was cared for at Zoo Boise while officials compiled a list of facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums that would be suitable for it; Fish & Game selected the Virginia facility from the list. It has successfully housed wolves for more than 12 years.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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