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Manteo, North Carolina 27954

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News Release

April 30, 2010

Wild NC red wolf has family double by surprise
The Associated Press

MANTEO, N.C. - A female red wolf in North Carolina is going to find her family has suddenly doubled.
Two red wolf pups born two weeks ago at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago were flown Friday to the wilds of the Alligator River Wildlife Refugee in eastern North Carolina and added to a wild wolf's den containing two pups of about the same age.

Red wolf recovery coordinator David Rabon says wild mothers quickly accept the sudden appearance of pups when they are so young.

Red wolves were declared extinct in the Southeast by 1980, but they have been reintroduced in the backcountry of five North Carolina counties for over a decade.

Rabon says there were about 80 wolves in the region before about 30 to 50 pups were born in the past several weeks.

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