July 14, 2009

Washington wolf numbers grow

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A new wolf pack may have taken up residence in northeastern Washington, according to Doug Nadvornick of Spokane Public Radio. Wildlife officials used hidden cameras and speakers playing sounds of wolves howling to identify a nursing mother and yipping of puppies, indicating there is a breeding pair in the area. These wolves are probably separate from the group reintroduced into Idaho, but represent an increase in population since wolves were removed from the federal endangered species list in May of this year. The Spokesman-Review reported Monday that this would be the state’s second wolf pack, and has a motion-sensor photo of a gray wolf  at night, its green eyes glowing, on its Web site.

– Emily Linroth

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