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Wolf found dead in South Dakota migrated from Yellowstone

The gray wolf found dead Monday morning near Pine Ridge made a 400-mile journey from Yellowstone National Park to southwest South Dakota in less than two months, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wolf specialist said Tuesday.Mike Jimenez of Jackson, Wyo., said information received from the radio-transmitter collar on the wolf identified it as a 3- to 4-year-old male that was part of a wolf pack in the southeast part of Yellowstone.

“This wolf was born in Yellowstone Park and was part of the Yellowstone Delta Pack, about a dozen animals in the very far southeastern corner of the park,” Jimenez said. “It was a pack member there until late March or early April and then it took off.”

The wolf was checked and weighed by tribal wildlife specialists in Pine Ridge, who contacted the Fish and Wildlife Service. It weighed 130 pounds, making it a “sizable wolf,” Jimenez said.

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