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Fourth wolf pack confirmed in Washington State

[large thumbnail url=”fourth-wolf-pack-confirmed-in-washington-state” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”07″ day=”06″] [thumbnail icon url=”fourth-wolf-pack-confirmed-in-washington-state” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”07″ day=”06″] Biologists have confirmed a new wolf pack has taken up residence in Washington state — this one not far from Cle Elum, Kittitas County, near the Teanaway River.

It’s not exactly where the experts thought wolves would show up next.

But state biologists confirmed Tuesday that a new pack of gray wolves has taken up residence in Washington state — this time not far from Cle Elum, about 90 miles east of Seattle.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife recently trapped one of the animals near the Teanaway River and took tissue and hair samples. DNA tests confirmed the animal is a female gray wolf and had been lactating, indicating she recently gave birth to pups.

While individual wolves may have been spotted in that area for years, it’s the first documented evidence that an entire pack has returned to Kittitas County since wolves were exterminated in the first half of the 20th century…

Read the entire article on seattletimes.nwsource.com: New wolf pack confirmed — a short drive from Seattle

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