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Biologists monitor Idaho wolf pups

Idaho Fish and Game biologist Lacy Robinson pulls on gloves as she prepares to release a male wolf pup back to its den in the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River drainage May 12, after collaring the pup and putting an ear tag on it. (Becky Kramer)
Idaho Fish and Game biologist Lacy Robinson pulls on gloves as she prepares to release a male wolf pup back to its den in the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River drainage May 12, after collaring the pup and putting an ear tag on it. (Becky Kramer)

Idaho Fish and Game biologist Lacy Robinson pulls on gloves as she prepares to release a male wolf pup back to its den in the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River drainage May 12, after collaring the pup and putting an ear tag on it.

The wolf pup had downy fur and a chubby little belly. But as it bolted from the den, it already showed signs of an adult wolf’s fleetness. Lacy Robinson was close behind, but not quick enough. After a scramble through the brush, the pup disappeared into the dense forest of the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River drainage. Robinson returned to the den, where seven wolf pups remained to be outfitted with tiny radio collars.

“Maybe if it was an equal footrace,” she said with a rueful sigh, noting that the wolf pup had the advantage of ducking under fallen logs.

Chasing pups is part of the job for Robinson, one of the lead biologists on wolf pup studies for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

This spring, department biologists have collared 27 wolf pups from seven packs around the state, using methods Robinson developed. The work is part of efforts to track wolf behavior and survival rates during their first year of life. Becky Kramer, SR

Wolf cubs are almost as cute as kittens!




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.








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