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DNA Shows Pup Picked Up In Ketchum A Wild Wolf; Oregon Tags Wenaha Pack Wolf
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2012 (PST)

A DNA test shows that a pup picked up outside Ketchum, Idaho on May 25 is a wild wolf.


Out of town campers picked up what they thought was a lost domestic puppy outside Ketchum and took it to a vet clinic in town. Officials thought the male puppy looked like it might be a wolf.


Idaho Fish and Game looked for a wolf pack near where the pup was found, hoping to return the lost pup. But they could find no fresh sign of a pack in the area.


Zoo Boise agreed to take the pup temporarily and to help IDFG find it a permanent home. Zoo officials are compiling a list of facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums that would be suitable for the pup.


The pup is gaining weight and his health is improving.


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.


Meanwhile, on June 10 the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife trapped OR-13, a 2-year-old wolf of the Wenaha pack, and fitted it with a GPS radio-collar.


The black female weighed 85 pounds and was captured in the Wenaha Wildlife Management Unit. She was previously caught as a pup in August 2010, but at the time was too small for a radio-collar.


Earlier in June, biologists observed at least four pups in the Wenaha pack. Reproduction was also confirmed in the Imnaha pack this month, with a minimum of four pups observed.


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