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Experiment aims to help Mexican gray wolf pups

May 24, 2014 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With threats of disease, malnutrition and even inbreeding, the deck can be stacked against a Mexican gray wolf pup.

Federal wildlife managers have long been troubled by the survival rates of wild-born pups, so they’ve started experimenting in an effort to boost the population as they reintroduce the endangered predator to the American Southwest.

Biologists earlier this month transplanted a pair of 2-week-old pups born in a large litter to another pack of wolves with a smaller litter and more rearing experience.

The cross-fostering technique has worked with red wolves on the East Coast. This marks the Login to read more

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