Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials reported Tuesday that the DNA tests confirm what experts believed, that the young male wolf picked up by out-of-state campers last month near Ketchum came from a wild pack. The agency sent blood away to three different testing labs but the first findings support what biologists suspected.
Fish and Game Wildlife Manager Jon Rachael said the agency will now move on to finding the pup a new home in an accredited zoo with the help of Zoo Boise. That’s where the pup has been living since picked up on Warm Springs Road in the Smoky Mountains northwest of Ketchum.
Efforts by Fish and Game and Defenders of Wildlife to find the pup’s pack were unsuccessful.